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Every day, the movement of dangerous goods by rail through our communities puts thousands of Canadians at risk.  Safe Rail Communities is a non-partisan initiative that advocates for safe, transparent, and regulated rail.  We are concerned citizens working to prevent rail accidents, and to reduce the impact of dangerous goods derailments.  We advocate for increased government regulation and enforcement to ensure that Canadian rail safety meets the highest international standards.


Our history

Safe Rail Communities is a national, community-based initiative established in March 2014 by a few concerned neighbours in the west end of Toronto.

In response to increasing numbers of black DOT 111 tank cars marked with the 1267 red diamond plaque (indicating petroleum crude), we created our first federal petition. We began our campaign of awareness on this issue, canvassing in our neighbourhood and attending farmer’s markets and other community events.

We have written many letters to our government representatives and any organization that we thought could respond to our requests for action (Transport Canada, Transportation Safety Board, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, CN, CP). While we received replies from most, the responses were generally insufficient.

In our research and work on this issue, we have connected with many like-minded groups at home, across the country, and from the U.S. Many have provided us with tremendous support.

In December 2014, we submitted our recommendations to the review panel of the Canada Transportation Act. We looked forward to the panel’s final report due December 2015.

In January 2015, we submitted an environmental petition through the Auditor General’s office. We expect a response in June 2015.

With our second federal petition in hand, we continue to accept invitations to speak to community and resident groups about this issue.   We continue to share our knowledge with the media, and follow updates on this issue in the House of Commons.


our mission

Safe Rail Communities is a national, community-based initiative that aims to share rail safety resources to communities across the Canada.

We are regular, concerned citizens who are committed to supporting rail safety improvements and practices that will mitigate risks to public safety.



To find out more about us please visit Bios and Testimonials





Toronto Star

John Tory and councillors press feds for tougher rail safety measures April 4, 2015

Cost of another rail catastrophe could outstrip compensation fund March 11, 2015

Toronto and Mississauga mayors want dangerous goods off their cities’ rail lines December 4, 2014

Risk assessments on dangerous goods travelling by rail won’t be released December 4, 2014

Rail carriers keep emergency response plans secret from residents November 11, 2014

GO Transit in the dark on details of dangerous goods shipments September 26, 2014

Battle over rail secrecy intensifies June 15, 2014

Shipping dangerous goods: Toronto mulls tougher rules for development along rail corridor May 20, 2014

Rail concerns for Junction residents (video)  

CBC News

Video: CBC Toronto- August 21 Toronto Derailment

Podcast- SRC Fresh questions about rail safety       

Video: CBC Investigative Report on Secretive Rail Safety Documents

global news

Aligning rail safety regulations with Americans’ is risky, short sighted: Opposition July 16, 2014

the hill times

Oil by rail: Have the lessons of Lac-Mégantic been learned?

the vancouver observer

Oil train trouble in Toronto: citizens demand answers  February 4, 2015


After Second Train Derailment, Ontario Town Worried It Could Be the Next Lac-Mégantic March 9, 2015

the annex gleaner

Inaction frustrates residents  May 28, 2015 

Risky rails? February 15, 2015

post City Toronto

 The amount of volatile oil shipped through Toronto by rail is soaring. Should we be worried?  August, 2016

Safe Rail Communities has all the resources and information you need to take action. There are many ways to get involved.



Federal online e-petitions are now available.

Please click here to read and/or sign our petition


Talk to your MP

Ask your MP to support recommendations that support safe rails in your community. 

Safe Rail Communities Recommendations

Template letter for residents to send to their mp

Template Letter: General Rail Safety Letter to MPs

Find your Member of Parliament here


The easiest way to help Safe Rail Communities is to talk to family and friends and share our message through social media.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest news and updates to share with others.

Share our electronic brochure

SRC Brochure (English)

Français de Brochure de SRC



From canvassing your neighbourhood to participating in events, there are many ways you can lend a hand to support Safe Rail Communities. Contact us to get on board and help Safe Rail Communities today!



A donation made to support for Safe Rail Communities is support for our unwavering commitment to hold our government to account on this issue of public safety. 

Please donate here  Thank you!!



If you would like to get more involved, you can raise awareness in your rail community for the need to be a Safe Rail Community through canvassing.

 Find everything you need to start canvassing here.



We've got the tools you need and will support you in starting your own Safe Rail initiative in your community.

Learn how to engage residents, business/community groups and government representatives.



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