International collaboration

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is recognized as a leader in the field of transportation safety. The TSB shares knowledge, expertise, and experience with the international transportation community in order to advance and promote worldwide transportation safety.


In addition to investigating transportation occurrences in Canada, the TSB also participates in foreign investigations to represent Canadian interests.

When there is an occurrence outside Canada that involves Canadian citizens or operators, or a Canadian-certified product, the TSB can appoint an accredited representative to coordinate the exchange of technical and safety information regarding the Canadian elements.

The TSB can also invite the investigation organizations of other countries involved in an occurrence in Canada to participate in its investigation.

Investigation services

Even when Canadians are not involved in an occurrence, the TSB is often asked to participate in foreign investigations where the responsible agency does not have its own laboratory or specific expertise.

The TSB's experts can provide a broad range of services including download and analysis of flight recorder data, mechanical and metallurgical testing, site surveying, photogrammetry, and human factors analysis.

Occasionally, the TSB has been delegated to carry out full investigations abroad when the responsible party cannot carry out its own investigation for such reasons as technical capacity or resource restrictions, or if the responsible agency is in conflict of interest.

Information sharing and training

The TSB shares information with its foreign counterparts on an ongoing basis. Tools, policies, and procedures are frequently exchanged. TSB investigators participate in conferences and workshops to share best practices and lessons learned. The agency regularly hosts delegations from other countries coming to Canada to learn about our legislation, organizational structure, and investigation methodologies.

The TSB also regularly shares its knowledge and expertise by providing specialized investigator training courses to foreign investigation organizations.

Investigators are invited to come to Canada for TSB training sessions or TSB personnel travel to other countries to provide training to groups of foreign investigators.

International activities

  • 2019   – 
    The TSB is hosting the annual meeting of the International Transportation Safety Association (ITSA) in Québec City. For more information, please see the news release.

Joint projects and studies

The TSB represents Canadian interests in various working groups and task forces of the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Maritime Organization, and the International Railway Safety Council. The TSB also participates in joint projects and studies.

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