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 42nd Parliament, 1st Session, which ended in September 2019.


Peter Julian  NDP

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


Introduced, as of Feb. 4, 2016
(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 or operation of railways located in close proximity to residential, institutional or commercial establishments at certain times or on certain days.


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Railway Noise and Vibration Control ActRoutine Proceedings

February 4th, 2016 / 10 a.m.
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Peter Julian NDP New Westminster—Burnaby, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-218, An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act (railway noise and vibration control).

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague, the member for Beloeil—Chambly, a very hard-working member.

Residents of the Westminster Quay area of New Westminster, South Burnaby, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Montreal are often awakened, when they live next to an urban railway yard, by shunting, which is the crashing of the railway cars against each other; excessive idling; loud diesel engines, sometimes at two or three o'clock in the morning; and other types of excessive noise.

Bill C-218 would eliminate the ability of railway companies to act with impunity. It would force them to work in conjunction with the urban residents who live next to the railway yard.

We have had support from right across the country around this bill. Residents from right across the country want to see the railway companies put in a framework that actually allows them to get a good night's sleep.

I hope that all members of the House will support this bill, because every Canadian deserves a good night's sleep.

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