As readers likely know, the Ministry of Transport has engaged in a review of the Canada Transportation Act as part of a regular process of updating the regulatory regime across all modes of transport within the Federal jurisdiction.

In submissions dated January 16th, the Canadian International Freight Forwarders’ Association (CIFFA) made detailed submissions to the Review committee. CIFFA’s comments focus on several key areas:

  • a discussion of issues and trends affecting the Canadian transportation sector over the next 20-30 years;
  • identification of long-term national priorities and near-term key steps in that context; and
  • comments on the specific issues raised in the terms of reference.

Key recommendations include:

  • Improved accountability of ports, including industry benchmarking and international regulatory comparisons;
  • Improved efficiency of the intermodal system including a public mediation and complaints system;
  • Investments in improved information technology and information sharing;
  • Introduction of capital allowances or other incentives to the owners and operators of infrastructure to make needed investments and upgrades;
  • Creation of a Human Capital Investment strategy, including vocational training and support, reduction of inter-provincial barriers, and appropriate immigration response;
  • Continued Support for the Asia-Pacific Gateway;
  • Review of cost and funding models at Canadian airports, as well as of cabotage and air cargo security systems;
  • Reduce regulatory confusion and overlap by simplifying and unifying regulations wherever possible; and
  • Updating the Canada Marine Act to reflect incremental changes widely adopted by our major trading partners.

The full report is available here.