Under the auspices of the Transportation Emergency Assistance Plan (TEAP) Committee of the Canadian Chemical Producers’ Association (CCPA) now the The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC), an Emergency Response Contractor Task Force was formed in 1992 with the remit “to foster the establishment of a sound, dangerous goods emergency response contractor network in Canada”.
The Task Force was comprised of members from: CCPA, Transport Canada, railway carriers and emergency response contractors. Other organizations that joined the Task Force include: Canadian Fertilizer Institute, Canadian Trucking Association and CANUTEC in 1994; Association of American Railroads (Bureau of Explosives) in 1995; and, Responsible Distribution Canada and National Environmental Emergency Centre (Environment Canada) in 1996.
In 1997, the committee members redefined its goals to reflect the broad industry support for their efforts. On that basis, the Canadian Emergency Response Contractors’ Alliance (CERCA) was created.