Ottawa, Ontario – The federal government has enacted regulations that will require the owners of Canada’s 24 international bridges and tunnels to inspect the safety of the structures on a regular basis, and report to the Minister of Transport.

The regulations apply to the Canadian sections of all vehicular international bridges and tunnels, and put into place requirements concerning reporting and scheduled inspections.

Under the new law, now in effect, owners are required to provide the Ministry with reports every two years. The reports must identify any necessary actions to ensure the structures are kept in good condition.

“These new safety measures will help ensure that international bridges and tunnels remain safe and secure for all who use them,” said Transport Minister John Baird. “They also demonstrate our government’s commitment to the safety of Canadians and those who come to Canada for business and tourism. The safety of this important transportation infrastructure is also important to protect the vital trade links on which our economy depends.”

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