Accessibility of trains

About accessibility standards

The Agency sets out expectations for the accessibility of federal transportation.

Our Codes of Practice set out standards for a minimum level of accessibility for persons with disabilities. They're developed in consultation with transportation service providers and the community of persons with disabilities (including our Accessibility Advisory Committee).

We monitor compliance to ensure codes are effective in removing undue obstacles.

Standards for trains

Standard These standards apply to… Help with implementation

Passenger Rail Car Accessibility and Terms and Conditions of Carriage by Rail of Persons with Disabilities (Rail Code)

Federal railway companies that provide passenger rail services within Canada. Some examples include:

  • VIA Rail Canada Inc.
  • National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak)

Does not include commuter or tourist services.

Carriage of mobility aids

Principles of universal design

Other standards that apply to trains

Standards Help with implementation

Personnel Training for the Assistance of Persons with Disabilities Regulations

Training videos

Removing Communication Barriers for Travellers with Disabilities (Communication Code)

Automated self-service kiosks

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