Public-Rail Safety Week 2014

Operation Lifesaver

Established in Canada in 1981, Operation Lifesaver is a national public-rail safety program supported by Transport Canada and the Railway Association of Canada. OL works with provincial safety councils, government at all levels, railways, labour, police, Canada Safety Council, the trucking industry and community groups to educate Canadians about the hazards surrounding highway/railway crossings and trespassing on railway property.

Public-Rail Safety Week

During Rail Safety Week, Operation Lifesaver volunteers engage in a number of local events and activities across Canada, including crossing blitzes, mock collision scenarios, public service announcements and presentations by volunteers to schools, youth clubs, drivers associations and community groups.

Significant progress has been made to lower the number of highway/railway crossing collisions and trespassing incidents. Since 1980 the number of crossing collisions in Canada has fallen dramatically from over 800 annually to 188 in 2013. While this reduction speaks to the success of safety efforts undertaken in that time, there still remains unnecessary loss of life and injury with 75 fatalities and 37 serious injuries occurring in 2013 as a result of crossing collisions and trespassing on rail property.

This page has been developed to provide quick access to helpful materials that support OL Public-Rail Safety Week. Thank you for visiting.


Should you have any questions or comments regarding Public-Rail Safety Week and its activities, please communicate with or call (613) 564-8100.

Media Contacts

Operation Lifesaver
Mike Regimbal

Railway Association of Canada
Alex Paterson

VIA Rail Canada
Mylène Bélanger

Meliane Etien
416-599-9900 ext. 236

Salem Woodrow
24/7 media line: 1-855-242-3674