Transportation

The Canadian forest products industry has always relied heavily on exports for its prosperity. The overall value of Canada’s forest products exports was just over $31 billion in 2014. Canada ranked as the world’s second largest exporter of forest products and the sector is the second biggest contributor to Canada’s trade surplus at $20.9 billion.

Rail

For years, shippers of forest products have had to contend with poor, uncompetitive freight service at the hands of Canada’s national railways.

Following the release of the Rail Freight Service Review Panel’s report (March 18th, 2011), government immediately committed to “improve the performance of the rail supply chain by”:

  • Initiating a six-month facilitation process with shippers, railways and other stakeholders to negotiate a template service agreement and streamlined commercial dispute resolution process; and,
  • Tabling a bill to give shippers the right to a service agreement to support the commercial measures. An enhanced rail freight system represents a policy option that would enhance the economic competitiveness of rural-based, resource industries at no cost to the federal government. Government should act now to implement the measures announced in March, 2011.

An enhanced rail freight system represents a policy option that would enhance the economic competitiveness of rural-based, resource industries at no cost to the federal government.

Government should act now to implement the measures announced in March, 2011.

In June 2014, the federal government launched the Statutory Review of the Canada Transportation Act (CTA)

The Canadian Transportation Act (CTA) Review: Addressing Forest Sector Needs

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