Emergency Response Assistance Plans (ERAPS)

Emergency Response Assistance Canada (ERAC)’s Emergency Response Assistance Plan (ERAP) provides emergency response support to road, rail and stationary tank incidents (>450L).

Transport Canada Dangerous Goods Regulations require all shippers of dangerous goods shipped in specific quantities by road, rail, marine or air to submit an ERAP for approval. As Canada's emergency preparedness and response organization, we provide assistance to Plan Participants who transport the following products by road or rail, or those who store these products in tanks with capacities of 450 litres or greater. These products are gases at standard temperatures and pressure, and include:

  • Propane (UN1978)
  • Butane (UN1011)
  • Propylene (UN1077)
  • Butylene (UN1012)
  • Isobutene (UN1969)
  • Isobutylene (UN1055)

It is recognized that these products may contain a concentration of condensate and/or minute quantities of other elements including hydrogen sulphide.

We also provide response to emergencies involving Butadiene – 1,3 (stabilized) (UN1010).

In addition, we respond to the following ERAPable flammable liquids transported by rail only:

UN1170 ETHANOL
UN1202 DIESEL FUEL
UN1203 GASOLINE
UN1267 PETROLEUM CRUDE OIL
UN1268 PETROLEUM DISTILLATES N.O.S.
UN1863 FUEL AVIATION, TURBINE ENGINE
UN1987, ALCOHOLS, N.O.S.;
UN1993 FLAMMABLE LIQUID, N.O.S.
UN3295 HYDROCARBONS, LIQUID, N.O.S.
UN3475 ETHANOL AND GASOLINE MIXTURE
UN3494, PETROLEUM SOUR CRUDE OIL, FLAMMABLE, TOXIC

Emergency service beyond core Flammable Liquids (class 3; rail only) and LPG (class 2.1; rail, road and stationary tank) also now includes additional ERAPable products, such as anhydrous ammonia, LNG, CNG and acids and bases.

Activating the Plan

An ERAP can be activated by or on behalf of a Plan Participant member. In the case of a train derailment, for example, the plan could be activated on behalf of your company by a railroad or government official.

For more information on additional ERAPable dangerous goods preparedness and response, please contact Patrick Knight, Safety and Quality Manager, 403-543-6501.