Watchlist 2014

The Watchlist—based on an analysis of hundreds of Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) investigation reports, safety concerns and Board recommendations—identifies the transportation safety issues that pose the greatest risk to Canadians. In each case, the TSB has found that actions taken to date are inadequate, and that industry and regulators need to take additional concrete measures to eliminate the risks.

The first Watchlist was released in 2010. The TSB intended it to serve as a blueprint for change in the transportation sector—and that's exactly what it did. It generated broad discussion and engagement by the regulators and industry stakeholders. Now, two years later, 14 of the Board recommendations underpinning the Watchlist have received the TSB's highest rating of "Fully Satisfactory".

Our mission is far from complete: it's time for a Watchlist update—addressed issues have been removed; new ones have been added; and some still remain. As Canadians travel from coast to coast to coast, they can do so knowing that the TSB will continue to push for safety along our waterways, on our railroads, and in our skies.


Safety management and oversight

Some transportation companies are not effectively managing their safety risks, and Transport Canada oversight and intervention has not always proven effective at changing companies’ unsafe operating practices.



Loss of life on fishing vessels

The number of accidents involving loss of life on fishing vessels remains too high.



Railway crossing safety

The risk of trains and vehicles colliding at crossings remains too high.


Transportation of flammable liquids by rail

The increase in the transportation of flammable liquids—such as crude oil—by rail across North America has created emerging risks that need to be effectively mitigated.


Following railway signal indications

There is a risk of a serious train collision or derailment if railway signals are not consistently recognized and followed.


On-board video and voice recorders

With no requirement for on-board video and voice recorders on locomotives, key information to advance railway safety may not always be available.



Approach-and-landing accidents

Landing accidents continue to occur at Canadian airports.


Risk of collisions on runways

There is an ongoing risk of aircraft colliding with vehicles or other aircraft on the ground at Canadian airports.


Past Watchlists

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