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Minister Garneau addresses Commodity Supply Chain and begins consultation on freight rail

Commodity Supply Chain Table proposes to collect new data from class 1 freight railways to enhance performance.

December 11, 2020  by CM Staff

OTTAWA — On Dec. 11, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, hosted the fall 2020 Commodity Supply Chain Table, which is a discussion forum for Canada’s supply chain stakeholders that focuses on the resiliency, efficiency and effectiveness of Canada’s freight rail-based transportation system.

This meeting included an interactive panel that provided participants an opportunity to share relevant information with the Minister, voice concerns, and identify opportunities and potential collaborative solutions on the performance challenges of their supply chains.

The Commodity Supply Chain Table also promoted collaborative discussions on:

  • logistical and capacity issues
  • domestic and international trade and market trends
  • potential collaborative solutions to inefficiencies within the transportation system
  • supply chain performance metrics, and
  • responses to major rail transportation and supply chain-related events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic

As part of this meeting, Minister Garneau launched the next phase of consultations on Transport Canada’s preliminary regulatory proposal to collect new data from class 1 freight railways, including enhanced service and performance information that would be made publicly available.

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The consultation period begins on Dec. 11 and written comments on the proposal will be accepted until February 26, 2021.

Improving the service and performance information collected for Canada’s freight rail sector will help meet the Government of Canada’s objective of enhanced transparency for the sector, further advancing the work started with the Transportation Modernization Act.