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❱❱❱❱ FEATURE REVIEW OF CANADA TRANSPORTATION ACT: BY MICHELLE MORRA-CARLISLE The most recent review of the Canada Transportation Act is presented as a unique opportunity to consider how the national transportation system can better support Canada's continuing economic growth. The review was launched in June of 2014 by then-Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt and was concluded on December 21, 2015 and submitted to the current Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau. It was tabled on February 25, 2016 as a federal government report entitled "Pathways: Connecting Canada's Transportation Systems to the World." A prominent theme in the Review of Canada Transportation Act is the inseparable relationship between the nation's international trade performance and the quality of its transportation and logistics systems. On Track with Trade With respect to rail transport, the Review refers to the rail-based supply chain for all commodities. In order to deepen railway interconnectivity in Canada and foster a multijurisdictional approach to future rail expansion, the Review recommends that the National Transportation Policy declaration (section 5, Canada Transportation Act) be amended to more explicitly recognize the importance of transportation to international trade and Canada's ability to compete in global markets. It further recommends that Transport Canada formalize the concept of a National Freight Rail System-inclusive of all interconnected 18 insidetrack | SPRING/SUMMER 2016 IMPACTS ON THE RAIL INDUSTRY railways in Canada-and form an Advisory Committee on Transportation and Logistics to identify and designate, or set aside, land required for railway expansion within the National Transportation System. "Priority consideration should be given to rail network bottlenecks in supply chain systems and major points of cargo consolidation or distribution, such as those around marine or inland ports," the document adds. The Review includes recommendations in recognition of the important role short line railways play in Canada's national rail network, in industry, and in remote communities. One is to modify eligibility criteria for federal infrastructure programs to allow short line railways to apply for funding directly, without a government sponsor. Another is the creation of a federal-provincial short line infrastructure program to support (through contributions, grants, or low-cost, long-term financing) capital infrastructure investments. For the purpose of enhancing the efficiency of decision making and having data to fulfill legislative and regulatory responsibilities and support commercial arrangements, the Review recommends that: * Supply chain performance metrics, including railways and shipper information, be calculated and published; * The process of railway data collection under the Transportation Information Regulations be streamlined and consolidated-or possibly discontinued, 20 ❱

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Insidetrack - Spring/Summer 2016

President’s Message | Mot du president
The Times, They Are a Changin’
National Railway Day
Review of Canada Transportation Act: Impacts on the Rail Industry
Advocating for a Sustainable Future
Infrastructure, Public Transit, and Via Rail: What the 2016 Federal Budget Means for Railway Suppliers
Trade Credit Insurance for the Rail Industry: Grow Sales and Increase Profitability
The Mixed Blessings of a Low Canadian Dollar
Aim Higher
New Members | Nouveaux membres
CapEx: An Industry-Wide Look at Who’s Spending What | Dépenses en immobilisations : Tour d’horizon des immobilisations de l’industrie
Railway Supplier Buyers’ Guide | Guide d’acheteurs des fournisseurs de chemins de fer
Index to Advertisers I Index des annonceurs

Insidetrack - Spring/Summer 2016