Vancouver Freight Rail Investigation - Additional information from the public

Any person or company who has relevant information to share regarding the ongoing 2019 Vancouver Freight Rail Investigation must make their submissions by no later than 6:00 p.m. EST, Friday, February 8, 2019, via email to the Inquiry Officer at: enquete.ferroviaire-Inquiry.rail@otc-cta.gc.ca

Confidentiality

As all submissions will form part of the public record of this investigation, participants should indicate, with a clear rationale, if they believe that any of the information being submitted is commercially sensitive and that the public release of any of the information could potentially cause them specific direct harm.

Two versions of the documents containing confidential information must be filed with the request: a confidential version and a public version. The public version should redact the information identified as confidential. The confidential version should indicate, by highlighting or other means, what information was redacted from the public version.

Participants should also indicate who may have access to the confidential version of the document(s), for example: (1) the Inquiry Officer and the Agency only, (2) the Inquiry Officer, the Agency, and railway companies participating in the investigation, and (3) the Inquiry Officer, the Agency, and all of the participants in the investigation.

The Agency will render a decision on your request for confidentiality; the Agency may grant it in full, or in part, or deny your request. In considering a request for confidentiality, the Agency applies a three-step approach:

  • The first step is to determine whether the document is relevant to the investigation.
  • The second step is to determine whether specific direct harm would likely result from the disclosure of the information claimed as confidential.
  • The third step is to determine whether the public interest in having the document disclosed outweighs the specific direct harm demonstrated.

Please keep these considerations in mind when setting out the rationale in support of your request for confidentiality.

The public version of your documents will be posted on the Agency's website and be made available to the public.

All material submitted to the Agency since the beginning of this investigation that has not been granted confidentiality will be publicly available and posted on-line on the Agency's Investigation website.

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