Transportation 2030: Trade Corridors to Global Markets

From Transport Canada

“Trade Corridors to Global Markets” is one theme under Transportation 2030, the Government of Canada’s strategic plan for a safe, secure, green, innovative and integrated transportation system.

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Our goal for this theme

To improve our transportation system so we can get products to market and grow our economy.

What Canadians told us

In 2016, we consulted Canadians about our transportation system. Here is what they told us about trade:

  • It takes good collaboration between industry and government to maximize economic opportunities
  • Cost inefficiencies hurt Canada’s ability to compete globally
  • The costs of domestic freight transportation greatly affect industrial investments
  • Beyond infrastructure investment, Canada must use innovation, policy, regulations and creativity to improve the efficiency of supply chains
  • We must adopt a national and system-wide way of looking at things in order to identify problems
  • However, we must also keep in mind the individual needs of shippers, as there may not always be one fix for all sectors
  • Transport data is becoming less available, but Canada needs to make data a priority for a national transportation strategy

Where we go from here

To meet our goals for getting products to market effectively, we committed to:

  • support the movement of goods and people as part of  the $81-billion investment in infrastructure over the next 11 years
  • use new ways to collect and analyze data
  • make sure that data is available to all who operate, oversee and use the transportation system
  • look at new ways to finance transportation infrastructure projects in partnership with other levels of government and the private sector
  • make infrastructure investments to address bottlenecks in important trade corridors, including rail export corridors
  • work on greater transparency in the rail transportation supply chain
  • take a more balanced approach for rail stakeholders
  • support a more competitive and efficient rail sector
  • make sure our actions support work on government priorities, such as:
    • Canada’s progressive trade and investment plan
    • a pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change
    • a national innovation agenda

Budget 2017 support

Budget 2017 made a large commitment to trade and transportation priorities, including:

Our progress

Improvements to the rail industry

If passed as proposed on May 16, 2017, the Transportation Modernization Act (Bill C-49) will make changes to the laws and regulations of the railway industry in Canada based on 4 principles:

  1. Fair access: Proposed aspects of the bill will:
    • better describe “adequate and suitable service” in the Canada Transportation Act
    • allow shippers and railways to request fines when agreements are not followed
    • improve processes for settling service and rate disagreements between shippers and railways
  2. Transparency: Proposed aspects of the bill will require large railway companies to:
    • report some performance, service and rate data about their operations
    • provide Transport Canada the authority to report rate information to the public
    • clarify the Canadian Transportation Agency’s power to investigate some transportation issues
  3. Efficiency: Proposed aspects of the bill will create a new procedure, called “long-haul interswitching,” to support shippers that rely on railways to move their goods. In addition, parts of the Canada Transportation Act would be updated.
  4. Long-term investment: Proposed aspects of the bill will:
    • make changes to how maximum revenue entitlement is calculated, partly by giving better compensation for railways that buy new hopper cars
    • make it easier for the Canadian Transportation Agency to update regular (30-km) inter-switching rates

Trade and Transportation Corridors Initiative

We created the Trade and Transportation Corridors Initiative to support:

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