The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, and the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced this week that the Government of Canada is postponing for one year the repeal of certain provisions of the Canada Transportation Act that were enacted in 2014 by the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act. The postponement was made possible following approval of the House of Commons and the Senate.
Postponing the repeal of the provisions until August 2017 will allow the various participants in the freight rail supply chain to plan for the upcoming year under predictable conditions, while the Government of Canada has the opportunity to fully assess the recommendations presented in the report from the Canada Transportation Act Review Panel.
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport said “Developing a long-term plan for the freight rail sector, one that addresses all goods that are transported by rail and that ensures maximum efficiency, is my priority. This extension will allow us the time to carefully examine and consult with stakeholders on the recommendations in the Canada Transportation Act Review report to help us determine those important next steps.”