Mr. Speaker, Rail Safety Week is taking place this year from April 29 to May 5. It is a national celebration aimed at increasing awareness of the safety around railway operations and highlighting our government’s commitment to making the rail system safer for all Canadians.
While Canada has one of the safest rail systems in the world, improvements can still be made.
On Monday we announced an investment of $9.3 million at 523 grade crossing projects across Canada through our grade crossing improvement program. This program will enhance safety for pedestrians and motorists and help to save lives. In my riding of Durham, grade crossings at Baseline Road and Maple Grove Road are part of this program.
To further improve rail safety, our government also made amendments to the Railway Safety Act. These amendments came into force on Wednesday.
These investments and legislative changes show our commitment to safe and efficient rail service in Canada.