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.
- 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.