Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

November 03, 2016 10:28 ET

Government Responds to Grain Sector with Commitments for a more Balanced and Efficient Rail Freight System

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 3, 2016) - Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, took time during his trade mission in China to highlight key commitments to respond to grain sector input into the long-term plan for transportation in Canada. In early 2017, the Government of Canada will introduce legislation to advance a long-term agenda for a more transparent, balanced and efficient rail system. These measures are part of the Transportation 2030 strategy outlined by Transport Minister Marc Garneau at the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal earlier today.

As part of this plan we will pursue new legislation that will allow reciprocal penalties in service level agreements between railway companies and their customers.

We will also better define 'adequate and suitable' service in the Canada Transportation Act, and improve access to and timelines for Canadian Transportation Agency decisions.

The Government will also address the future of extended interswitching limits and the Maximum Revenue Entitlement in early 2017.

Over the summer, Minister MacAulay hosted grain sector roundtables in Winnipeg and Regina and more recently participated in one led by Minister Garneau in Saskatoon. These western grain transportation sessions complemented Minister Garneau's broader consultation process on Canada's overall transportation system which included 150 meetings with transportation stakeholders across the country.

Currently in China, Minister MacAulay is building the Canada-China trade relationship to help export even more high quality agricultural products to key trading partners.


"A more efficient rail freight system to reliably move our goods to global markets will help farmers, shippers and railways to generate growth for the Canadian economy, strengthening the middle class."

  • The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Quick facts

  • Western Canadian grain is a $20 billion industry.
  • Over the past 10 years, half of all of Canadian grain production has been exported, averaging 41 million tonnes per year.
  • The Fall Economic Statement 2016 includes $10.1 billion to build stronger, more efficient transportation corridors to international markets and help Canadian business to compete, grow and create more jobs for Canada's middle class.

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Contact Information

  • Guy Gallant
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay

    Media Relations
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario