The relationship between Canada’s railways and local communities is as rooted in the nation’s history as the tracks themselves. To this day, Canada and its communities rely on railways to ensure the efficient movement of goods and people. The nature and integrity of rail corridors and yards need to be protected in order to support this function, while, at the same time, Canada’s quality of life and competitiveness also depend on strong and sustainable municipal growth and development.

When proximity issues arising from the growth and expansion of rail facilities and / or municipalities are not understood and addressed, problems can often be intractable and long-lasting.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Railway Association of Canada (RAC) recognize that it is in Canada’s economic interest to develop appropriate relationships between railways and communities, to promote proper planning and communication practices and offer dispute resolution mechanisms for resolving unanticipated problems.

Our goal with this website is to provide the public with current resources and reference information on rail infrastructure and operations, municipal land planning guidelines, dispute resolution models and government regulations. We believe that sourcing information easily can improve the dialogue between railways and municipalities and help ensure that both parties continue to attain common goals that benefit each other and the country as a whole.

FCM - RAC Guidelines for New Development in Proximity to Railway Operations