Renewal Update of COVID-19 Temporary Certificates from Transport Canada

By August 27, 2020 September 14th, 2020 ICC & Industry News, Transportation of Dangerous Goods

Transport Canada has provided an update to the temporary certificates that were issued relating to COVID-19 with most of them set to expire at the end of September 2020. 

Transport Canada is asking stakeholders to provide feedback before September 4th, 2020 on any anticipated issues with their decision on these temporary certificates if your company cannot comply with the TDG Regulations.

Here are the updates on those temporary certificates:

Certificate Number Description Renewal Reasoning
TU 0750: Training Allows a person with a training certificate that expires after March 1, 2020 to continue to handler, offer for transport, or transport dangerous goods with an expired training certificate, as long as the person has sound knowledge of all TDG aspects related to their duties.   Will NOT be renewed past September 30, 2020. With the provincial and territorial governments allowing progressive reopening of industry, employees should be able to obtain the necessary training with adaptive measures such as using face masks for in person training or virtual training sessions. 
TU 0751.1: Testing and Inspection Requirements (Renewal 1) Allows means of containment, which have not been inspected or tested in accordance with Part 5 of the TDG Regulations, to be used for the transportation of dangerous goods. In order to use the temporary certificate, the inspection and test marks on the means of containment have to be visible and legible and were valid:


● on February 28, 2019 in the case of cylinders, spheres, tubes, UN pressure receptacles, multiple-element gas containers, and other pressure receptacles containing dangerous goods included in class 2.1 or class 2.2, and selected and used in accordance with CSA B340 and CSA B342, or


● on February 29, 2020 for all other containers;

Will NOT be renewed past September 30, 2020.

*Note: Transport Canada will consider extending the temporary certificate for remote locations and indigenous communities, assessed on a case by case basis. 

Transport Canada believes it is no longer necessary to continue allowing means of containment to be kept in operation without being subject to inspections and testing.   Furthermore, some highway tank facilities perform the bulk of their testing and inspections in the summer months because of the more favorable weather condition.  As such, an extension would not benefit facilities performing highway tank testing and inspections.
TU 0752.1: Hand Sanitizer (Modification 1) Authorizes, under certain conditions, the handling, offering for transport, or transport of hand sanitizer in non-standardized packaging, without TDG labels, without shipping documents, and without TDG training. Will be renewed past September 30, 2020. In anticipation of the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, Transport Canada believes that the certificate should remain in effect until the demand for hand sanitizer stabilizes
TU 0753: Canada Post Corporation Authorization – Shipping Hand Sanitizer by Air Authorizes the handling, offering for transport, or transport of hand sanitizer by the Canada Post Corporation by air to remote communities.   Will be renewed past September 30, 2020. Transport Canada believes that the certificate should remain in effect until the end of the pandemic to ensure all Canadians have access to this essential medical supply.
TU 0754: Transporting Hand Sanitizer by Air Authorizes the handling, offering for transport, or transportation of hand sanitizer by air, under certain conditions. Will NOT be renewed past September 30, 2020. *Note: Transport Canada is open to considering revising the temporary certificate for indigenous communities or remote areas. Transport Canada believes there is no reason to continue allowing the transportation of hand sanitizer by air without fully complying with the TDG Regulations. Road transport should be sufficient for effective distribution across Canada.
TU 0764: Test Samples for COVID-19 To assist medical professionals in responding to this unprecedented situation, the temporary certificate authorizes the handling, offering for transport, or transporting of dangerous goods that are COVID-19 test samples, in non-standardized packaging and without TDG training, under certain conditions. Expires on December 31, 2020. Anticipation of a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, TC believes that the certificate should remain in effect until it is feasible for all personnel to receive proper training and an adequate supply of standardized packaging is available, thereby ensuring the seamless and timely transportation of COVID-19 test samples.

Therefore, unless we hear otherwise it appears most of these temporary certificates are coming to an end. 

ICC is here to help.  Since March we have been offering live webinars to replace in-person training and we continue to offer online training for all modes of transport.  Visit our website or call us at 1-888-977-4834 to get more information on the types of training available to you. 

Further details on the temporary certificates can be found on the Transport Canada website:

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Racheal Mani, based out in our Delta, B.C. office, has over 12 years of experience working under different auspices of federal, provincial, and municipal regulatory framework. She specializes in TDG Clear Language, IATA, IMDG, and WHMIS 2015 training. Racheal’s extensive knowledge in the dangerous goods industry is driven from her hands-on experience from packaging of dangerous goods for all modes of transport and her consistent liaison with ICC clients to ensure dangerous goods consignments meet the applicable regulatory requirements prior to transport.