Agency consultations on Bill C-30 implementation

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Bill C-30, the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act, was tabled in the House of Commons on March 26, 2014 to respond to the challenges facing the grain handling and shipping system in western Canada and to address other rail transportation issues.

On May 29, 2014, Bill C-30 received Royal Assent and amended the Canada Transportation Act.

As a result, the Agency is required to:

  • advise the Minister of Transport by July 1 of each crop year, on the minimum amount of grain that the Canadian National Railway Company (CN) and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CP) should move during each month of the crop year (August 1 – July 31);
  • prescribe new interswitching rates in regulations for all commodities for the extended distance of 160 km in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba; and
  • make regulations specifying what constitutes "operational terms" for rail level of service arbitrations.

To effectively deliver on these new mandated requirements, the Agency undertook a series of targeted consultations to inform and seek input from key stakeholders.

The information collected informed the Agency's advice to the Minister of Transport on the amount of western grain that should be moved monthly during crop year 2014-2015, which was provided by July 1, 2014.

Stakeholder feedback also informed the development of regulations for new interwitching rates and operational terms for rail level of service arbitrations. The regulations are to be in effect on August 1, 2014.

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