Canada Transportation Act
Marginal note:Offer to governments
145 (1) The railway company shall offer to transfer all of its interest in the railway line to the governments and urban transit authorities mentioned in this section for not more than its net salvage value to be used for any purpose if
(a) no person makes their interest known to the railway company, or no agreement with an interested person is reached, within the required time; or
(b) an agreement is reached within the required time, but the transfer is not completed in accordance with the agreement.
Marginal note:Which governments receive offer
(2) After the requirement to make the offer arises, the railway company shall send it simultaneously
(a) to the Minister if the railway line passes through
(i) more than one province or outside Canada,
(ii) land that is or was a reserve, as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Indian Act,
(iii) land that is the subject of an agreement entered into by the railway company and the Minister for the settlement of aboriginal land claims, or
(iv) a metropolitan area;
(b) to the minister responsible for transportation matters in the government of each province through which the railway line passes;
(c) to the chairperson of every urban transit authority through whose territory the railway line passes; and
(d) to the clerk or other senior administrative officer of every municipal or district government through whose territory the railway line passes.
Marginal note:Time limits for acceptance
(3) Subject to subsection 146.3(3), after the offer is received
(a) by the Minister, the Government of Canada may accept it within thirty days;
(b) by a provincial minister, the government of the province may accept it within thirty days, unless the offer is received by the Minister, in which case the government of each province may accept it within an additional thirty days after the end of the period mentioned in paragraph (a) if it is not accepted under that paragraph;
(b.1) by an urban transit authority, it may accept it within an additional 30 days after the end of the period or periods for acceptance under paragraphs (a) and (b), if it is not accepted under those paragraphs; and
(c) by a municipal or district government, it may accept it within an additional 30 days after the end of the period or periods for acceptance under paragraphs (a), (b) and (b.1), if it is not accepted under those paragraphs.
Marginal note:Communication and notice of acceptance
(4) Once a government or an urban transit authority communicates its written acceptance of the offer to the railway company, the right of any other government or urban transit authority to accept the offer is extinguished, and the railway company must notify the other governments and urban transit authorities of the acceptance.
Marginal note:Net salvage value
(5) If a government or an urban transit authority accepts the offer, but cannot agree with the railway company on the net salvage value within 90 days after the acceptance, the Agency may, on the application of the government or urban transit authority or the railway company, determine the net salvage value.
- 1996, c. 10, s. 145
- 2007, c. 19, s. 39
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