Railway Noise and Vibration Control Act

An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act (railway noise and vibration control)

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.


Peter Julian  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of Oct. 27, 2010
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Canada Transportation Act to control noise and vibrations produced by the construction and operation of railways located in close proximity to any residential, institutional or commercial establishments at certain times or on certain days.


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Canada Transportation ActRoutine Proceedings

October 27th, 2010 / 3:20 p.m.
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Peter Julian NDP Burnaby—New Westminster, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-587, An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act (railway noise and vibration control).

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present the railway noise and vibration control act. I would like to pay tribute to the Quayside Community Board, particularly James Crosty and Brian Allen, who have been steadfast in pushing forward on this issue.

As members well know, many residents of our communities across the country cannot get a good night's sleep because of shunting, coupling, decoupling and excessive noise from railway operations in residential areas. This new bill would actually allow for the curtailing of railway operations at night, so there would be no more 3:00 a.m., 4:00 a.m. or 5:00 a.m. wake-up calls because of shunting, coupling and decoupling.

The railway companies have not been co-operative. Some existing amendments to the Canada Transportation Act have not been met with a kind of conciliatory approach by railways, and that is why we need to put in place something that protects the residents of these residential areas across the country.

Whether we are talking about residents of Burnaby—New Westminster, Winnipeg, Montreal, Toronto or Halifax, every Canadian deserves a good night's sleep, and that is why I am presenting this bill today.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)