History

1980

The first Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Act is passed by Parliament.

1985

First full set of TDG regulations come in to force.

March 1986

The Propane Gas Association of Canada, now the Canadian Propane Association (CPA), forms LPG Assistance Corp. in cooperation with LPG Mutual Aid Plan (LPG-MAP) as a non-funded mutual aid program.

June 1992

The TDG Act receives Royal Assent, replacing the 1980 version.

1996

The propane industry and the federal government conduct a gap analysis of emergency response capabilities in Canada and identify a need to make the network more robust.

July 1997

In response to concerns by the propane industry and the federal government, the funded, not-for-profit LPG Emergency Response Corp. (LPGERC) is formed after discussion between LPG Assistance Corp. and the LPG-MAP.

July 2013

The Lac-Mégantic rail disaster occurs when an unattended 74-car freight train carrying crude oil rolls down a hill and derails downtown, resulting in the fire and explosion of multiple tank cars, killing 47 people.

April 2014

Protective Direction 33 is announced, which directs every person who offers for transport or imports dangerous goods by rail to have an Emergency Response Assistance Plan (ERAP) approved as set out in section 7 of the TDG Act. The Minister of Transport announces the creation of the Task Force under the TDG Directorate to work on strengthening emergency response capacity across the country.

May 2014

The LPGERC Board of Directors approves a new flammable liquids division as a result of Protective Direction 33.

May/June 2014

LPGERC develops a flammable liquids ERAP and other supporting documentation with assistance from a consultant. The flammable liquids division of LPGERC is created with funding the ten founding Plan Participant members.

September 2014

New regulations pertaining to section 7 of the TDG Act take place.

October 2014

Due to the change in services, the LPGERC and CPA Board of Directors approve a change to business operating name from LPGERC to Emergency Response Assistance Canada (ERAC).

October 2015

As the flammable liquids by rail ERAP requires addressing fire suppression support activities, to support its Plan Participant members ERAC places four fire suppression trailers across Canada in Parkland County, AB, Prince George, BC, Saint John, NB and Levi, QC.

May 2016

Two additional fire suppression trailers are placed in Regina, SK and Capreola, ON.

May/June 2016

The ERAC and CPA Board of Directors approve ERAC providing

  • training (LPG firefighting training to fire departments across Canada, ICS 100,200 and 300 and Plan Participant Readiness and Review program),
  • other ERAPable dangerous goods coverage (e.g., ammonia, LNG and CNG), and
  • emergency preparedness (environmental emergency (E2) plans, drills and exercises, and emergency response plans).

September/
October 2016

The ERAC and CPA Board of Directors approve ERAC providing dangerous good coverage for the top 10 commodities shipped that do not require an ERAP (fuel oil, LPG, anhydrous ammonia, gasoline, petroleum crude oil, sulphuric acid, corrosive liquid, sodium hydroxide solution, flammable liquids, and paints and paint related material).

July 2017

A flammable liquids equipment cache is placed in Roxton Falls, QC.

June 2018

An LPG equipment cache is placed in Roxton Falls, QC.

December 2018

A flammable liquids and an LPG equipment cache is placed in Calgary, AB.

January 2019

An LPG equipment cache is placed in Prince George, BC and a fire suppression trailer is placed in Castlegar, BC.