In 1996, the Propane Industry, as well as the Government of Canada, was concerned with the existing Emergency Response capability in Canada. In 1997, after many discussions between the existing LPG Assistance Corp. and the LPG-MAP, the formation of the LPG Emergency Response Corp. satisfied both the industry and Transport Canada in providing a safe, effective Emergency Response Program for Canada. LPG Emergency Response Corp. (LPGERC) was developed by the industry for the industry.
The Canadian Propane Association (CPA) is the sole proprietor of the LPGERC and those requiring the services of the LPGERC are required to be members in good standing with both the CPA and LPGERC.
Since the inception of the Corporation, the organization with its network of Remedial Measures Advisors (RMAs), Technical Advisors, Response Teams (RTs), Response Managers (RMs) and Home Base Co-ordinators (HBCs) has continued to grow and evolve to become the benchmark for ERAP preparedness and response for flammable gases and liquids in Canada.
As a result of the tragic events of the Lac Mégantic rail disaster, the Canadian government amended the TDG regulations requiring shippers of a number of Flammable Liquids, transported in quantities greater than 1000 litres in one rail car, to have an approved ERAP. In June 2014, the LPGERC and CPA Board of Directors approved the expansion of emergency preparedness and response services to include Flammable Liquids in order to support industry shippers and carriers.
In October 2014, the LPGERC Board of Directors and CPA Board approved a name change for LPG Emergency Response Corp. to operate as Emergency Response Assistance Canada (ERAC). This was done to better reflect the expanded ERAP preparedness and response services to industry to cover flammable gases and liquids.