SASKATOON – Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, was joined by the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, for a roundtable meeting with grain sector representatives today in Saskatoon.
The roundtable aimed to gather the views of the western agriculture sector on the Canada Transportation Act review and the development of a long-term agenda for transportation in Canada. As one of the world’s largest exporters of agricultural and agri-food products, Canada needs a transportation system that provides stable and predictable access to international markets.
This roundtable, organized to hear additional views from producers, builds on engagement sessions held by Minister Garneau across the country to discuss the future of transportation, and on input received during roundtables Minister MacAulay held with over 20 grain sector groups in Winnipeg and Regina.
Rail-based supply chain
Garneau said: “We understand the scope and importance of the grain sector, and that a strong rail-based supply chain system is essential so all Canadian producers and shippers can remain competitive in domestic and international markets. The input received today will serve as valuable information as we prepare to address the future of transportation in Canada.”
MacAulay added: “The grain sector is a vital part of Canada’s economy and it relies on an effective transportation system to reach markets around the world. We have had a number of dedicated roundtables in Western Canada to ensure we build a transportation system for the future that will increase the competitiveness of all grain supply chain stakeholders and put more money in the pockets of farmers.”
- In April 2016, the Minister of Transport launched a public consultation with Canadians, stakeholders, Indigenous groups and provinces and territories to hear their views and discuss ideas to develop a long-term agenda for transportation in Canada.
- 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. – CNW