Canada's Transport Minister John Baird, Rob Merrifield, Minister of State (Transport), and Denis Lebel, Minister of State for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, said that the Government of Canada will upgrade high-priority rail grade crossings across the country - a move that will help to keep Canadian communities safe.
"The Government of
Canada is improving safety at crossings where roads and train tracks
meet," said Baird. "As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, we are
taking action now to upgrade rail grade crossing improvements in communities
"Statistics show a
decline in fatalities and injuries at rail crossings and that means we are
making progress," said Minister Merrifield. "This funding will enable
us to continue life-saving upgrades for the safety of Canadian
Through Canada’s Economic
Action Plan, the government is providing close to $11 million under the Grade
Crossing Improvement Program to upgrade 155 high-priority rail grade crossings
in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New
Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
The Government of Canada
works with the railway industry, provinces and municipalities to perform safety
assessments at rail crossings and works actively to reduce the number of
crossing-related injuries and fatalities.