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Auditor General has criticized the department’s record on rail safety

Ottawa-Transport Canada has launched a public consultation on ways to improve the safety culture of the country’s railways, says Transport Minister Omar Alghabra.

The consultations will focus on strengthening safety management systems and looking to better measure the effectiveness of its oversight program to identify further areas for improvement, he said. The government “is committed to the safety and security of communities across the country, which is why we continue to look for ways to improve rail safety.”

Earlier this year, Auditor General Karen Hogan reported the department had not addressed all the recommendations from a 2013 audit by her office on rail safety oversight issues. It needs to measure the effectiveness of railway companies’ safety management systems by auditing and assessing them.

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