September 20, 2021
OTTAWA – Operation Lifesaver (OL) Canada kicked off Rail Safety Week 2021 (September 20-26) today — seven days of important initiatives to remind Canadians to exercise caution around tracks and trains. Every year, 2,100 North Americans are seriously injured or killed when they engage in unsafe behavior around railways. OL Canada — which was founded in September 1981 — works to prevent these needless incidents from happening.
“Our 40th anniversary wish is to bring the number of rail crossing and trespassing-related deaths and injuries in Canada to zero,” says Sarah Mayes, National Director of OL Canada.
“We’re targeting a range of audiences through our Rail Safety Week initiatives this year — from parents to children, emergency responders, pedestrians, cyclists and drivers — and our hope is that we can convince them to act safely around railways and help us #STOPTrackTragedies."
A key initiative of Rail Safety Week 2021 is OL’s new Stay Safe with Thomas Rail Safety Art Contest. Open to Canadian children aged eight and younger, the contest gives kids the opportunity to exercise their creativity and learn about rail safety for a chance to win fantastic Thomas & FriendsTM prize packs and a train trip for four anywhere in the Quebec-Windsor corridor, courtesy of Mattel and VIA Rail Canada. Children are asked to create a piece of original visual artwork for the contest — such as a painting, drawing, digital poster, or comic strip. Each entry must depict one or more Thomas & FriendsTM characters and must clearly convey one of OL’s five important rail safety messages:
Operation Lifesaver Canada is a national public rail-safety program sponsored by Transport Canada, the Railway Association of Canada and its members, including CN, CP, VIA Rail, Metrolinx, exo, West Coast Express and Genesee & Wyoming, among others. Through its national network of Rail Safety Ambassadors, partnerships with safety councils, police, the trucking industry and community groups, and innovative tools such as its virtual-reality Look. Listen. Live. campaign, Operation Lifesaver Canada works to save lives by educating Canadians about the hazards of trespassing on railway property and failing to exercise caution at rail crossings. Canadians can keep up-to-date on the latest rail safety news by visiting operationlifesaver.ca.