Fall update on advice to Minister on grain movement

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On May 29, 2014, Bill C-30, the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act received royal assent and amended the Canada Transportation Act.

Bill C-30 gives the Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) the mandate, after consulting with the Canadian National Railway Company (CN), the Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CP), the owners or operators of grain handling undertakings, and any other person that it considers appropriate, to provide advice to the Minister of Transport Canada on the minimum amount of grain that CN and CP should move during each month of the crop year. Bill C-30 also provides that the Agency must update its advice at the Minister’s request.

On August 1, 2014, the Government of Canada announced the passing of an Order-in-Council (OIC) requiring CN and CP to each move 536,250 tonnes of grain per week, for a period covering the first 17 weeks of the 2014-2015 crop year (from August 3 to November 29, 2014). The order extends the previous OIC of 500,000 tonnes per week that had been in effect during the 2013-2014 crop year, from April 4 to August 2, 2014.

As the Minister has requested that the Agency update the advice given in the summer, the Agency will once again undertake consultations to obtain the information and input necessary for this update.  Agency staff will be meeting with CN, CP, owners or operators of grain handling undertakings, and other stakeholders. As with the previous information gathering exercise, the Agency invites written submissions from interested parties by October 20, 2014.  

For more information, please contact Dale McKeague, Director, Industry Determinations and Analysis, at dale.mckeague@otc-cta.gc.ca.

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