Transportation 2030: A Strategic Plan for the Future of Transportation in Canada

From Transport Canada

Learn about Transportation 2030, our plan for a national transportation system that supports economic growth, job creation and Canada’s middle class.

To stay up-to-date on new actions linked to Transportation 2030 and check on our overall progress, visit these pages often.

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A vision for the future of transportation in Canada

In 2016, we asked you what we need to do to make our transportation system better, smarter, cleaner and safer. You told us that:

  • There is a need for federal leadership and a national strategy to support a transportation system into the future
  • We need to look at how the transportation system works as a whole
  • Specific actions will get the transportation system working for Canada’s middle class

Our vision responds to what you told us and to the findings of the 2015 Canada Transportation Act Review. We envision a safe, secure, green, innovative and integrated transportation system that supports:

  • trade and economic growth
  • a cleaner environment
  • the well-being of Canada’s middle class

About Transportation 2030: themes and actions

Transportation 2030 is our strategic plan to support this vision. The plan groups areas of work under five themes. These themes span modes of transport (such as air, shipping, trucking and rail) as well as activities (such as setting and enforcing regulations).

Each theme has its own specific goal. We are taking action now under all themes, and will continue to develop policies and carry out actions for each area.

For a summary of the plan’s vision, themes and goals, see the Transportation 2030 infographic.

Five themes to focus our work

Better data and evidence

You told us we need timely and accessible data to:

  • assess how products move along supply chains
  • help the environment
  • reduce safety risks
  • increase trust in our transportation system

In response, we will:

  • fill data gaps
  • use new methods to collect and analyze data
  • work with stakeholders to get better results from investments in data analysis, science, research and technology

We are also looking at ways to share data with businesses and individuals.

Modern policies, acts, and regulations

Transport Canada develops policies and enforces Acts and regulations that support transportation efficiency, safety, security and environmental responsibility. These Acts and regulations must align with:

  • global standards
  • recent, rapid and complex changes in transportation (such as connected and automated cars)

We are therefore looking at how our policies, Acts and regulations can better respond to current realities.

Strong partnerships

Federal and provincial/territorial Ministers responsible for the shared transportation system must continue to work together. We also want to:

  • build and strengthen our relationship with Indigenous groups
  • find better ways to work and communicate with private sector organizations and individual Canadians

Transportation Modernization Act (Bill C-49)

On May 16, 2017, the Government of Canada proposed changes to laws to improve the transportation system. These changes would also help grow the economy and improve safety and security for Canadians. This bill is a first legislative step to deliver on early measures that are part of Transportation 2030.

Transportation Modernization Act

If passed as proposed, these changes would affect the transportation system in the following ways.

Air travel

  • The Canadian Transportation Agency would create a set of clear rules about how airlines in Canada must treat passengers
  • Changes would be made to passenger airline ownership rules that should result in lower air fares
  • Airports would be allowed to pay for additional services from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority to improve the security screening experience for passengers

Rail transportation system

  • Canadian railways would put recording devices in their locomotives to provide information about railway accidents, while protecting the privacy of railway employees
  • Rules would be changed to promote:
    • rail system efficiency
    • long-term investments
    • better access to dispute resolution processes for railway customers
  • At the same time, competition and business relationships between railways and their customers would be better supported
  • Railways would be required to make more information about their operations available to:
    • the public
    • those in the transportation industry who need it to make better decisions

Marine transportation system

  • Foreign ships would be allowed to move empty containers between places in Canada without a special licence, which could reduce costs for trade and provide more jobs at ports
  • Canadian Port Authorities would have access to funding from the Canada Infrastructure Bank
  • As a result, these ports would be able to improve their equipment and marine infrastructure (for example, wharves, docks and terminals)

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