The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Railway Association of Canada (RAC) are committed to building common approaches to the prevention and resolution of issues that may arise when people live and work in close proximity to railway operations. Building on back-to-back memorandums of understanding (MOU), both organizations continue to work in sync with the most recent open-ended MOU signed in January 2009.
Through the original MOU signed in 2003, the FCM–RAC Proximity Initiative Steering Committee was established with equal representation from the FCM and RAC and includes members from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) and observers from Transport Canada and the Canadian Transportation Agency.
All parties collaborate to develop and implement strategies to enhance communication and understanding between communities and railways. By developing proximity guidelines, improving stakeholder awareness and promoting a dispute resolution protocol, the committee aims to avoid unnecessary conflict arising from railway-community proximity.