OTTAWA, Ont.–The Freight Management Association of Canada (FMA) said the Federal Transport Minister’s long-term transportation policies under Transportation 2030 are “encouraging for shippers.” On November 3rd, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced the government’s long-term transportation plans and policies.
The plan covers five main Themes: The Traveler, Safer Transportation, Green and Innovative Transportation, Waterways, Coasts and the North, and Trade Corridors to Global Markets. While most of the themes have implications for freight transportation, theme 5, Trade Corridors and Global Markets focuses most directly on freight transportation.
“Following from the recommendations of the Canada Transportation Act Review, and the extensive consultation over the summer, the Minister’s statement indicates that he has heard, and responded to the concerns of Canadians with regard to both freight and commercial passenger transportation”, said Bob Ballantyne, President of the Freight Management Association of Canada (FMA).
For rail freight transportation, FMA said it is gratified to see the Minister’s announcement on improved information sharing, on reciprocal penalties between railways and shippers in service level agreements, on a better definition of Adequate and Suitable service, and on considering the future of extended interswitching.
“All of these announcements are in line with FMA recommendations made to the Canada Transportation Act Review and also in recommendations we made over the summer directly to the Minister of Transport”, Ballantyne added.
FMA said the safety and environmental policy announcements will have an impact on the shippers using all modes of transport, and will require continuing dialogue with stakeholders as the government’s plans evolve. The $10.1 billion investment for transportation infrastructure will help keep Canadian industry competitive globally, and will also be positive for consumers by maintaining effective service for Canadian retailers who are large importers.