New Safety Rules for Handling Dangerous Goods in Canada

Trade Update • November 6, 2023

n Nov. 3, 2023, the Minister of Transport, Pablo Rodriguez, announced the launch of new registration requirements and a new Client Identification Database to reduce risks associated with dangerous goods.

Under these new regulations, applicable persons or organizations must provide, in the new database, information regarding dangerous goods they are importing, offering for transport, handling, or transporting. They must also provide information about sites where dangerous goods are being imported, offered for transport, handled, or transported. This information must be updated annually.

The Client Identification Database is a new online platform for registering and identifying persons and organizations who import, offer for transport, handle, or transport dangerous goods in Canada. After the Client Identification Database has been in place for one year, penalties may be imposed for non-compliance, up to and including criminal prosecution for extreme or repeated infractions.


Applicable persons and organizations working with dangerous goods can register on the Client Identification Database here.

Quick Facts

  • Amendments to the Regulations Amending the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (Site Registration Requirements) came into force after they were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II on October 25, 2023.
  • Persons or organizations involved in importing, offering for transport, handling, or transporting dangerous goods (with certain specific exceptions) must register their organizations and sites in the Client Identification Database by October 25, 2024.
  • Applicable persons or organizations must provide the following information in the Client Identification Database:
    • The company’s identification (name, address, province(s) of operation);
    • The sites (physical addresses) where dangerous goods are imported, offered for transport, handled or transported; and
    • Details of the dangerous goods and their transportation (types of dangerous goods, mode(s) of transportation, type of activity).

Transport Canada’s inspectors may issue fines of up to $1,000 for non-compliance with the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations. In extreme or repetitive cases, criminal prosecution is a possibility.

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