About Rail Safety First

Formed in January 2014, Rail Safety First is a community-led group in Toronto concerned about the transport of dangerous goods by rail.  Initiated by the Rathnelly Area Residents Association and Annex Residents’ Association, it is now comprised of resident and business associations spanning the city of Toronto and across the country.

Rail Safety First advocates for safe, accountable and transparent rail through increased government regulation and enforcement of the rail industry to ensure public safety is always a top priority.

We meet with key stakeholders, including rail companies, Transport Canada officials, first responders, emergency planning offices. MPs, provincial Transportation Ministers, City Councillors, the Mayor's Office, industry experts, media and many others on a regular basis to keep this issue top of mind and tirelessly campaign for meaningful improvements to rail safety.