Transportation

 
Policy Statement: The Canadian Canola Growers Association supports objectives designed to achieve a more efficient, low cost, competitive commercial grain handling and transportation system.​
 

 Ag Transport Coalition

 

CCGA is a member of the Ag Transport Coalition, a group that looks to advance discussions with government and the railways on steps to ensure the transportation system is meeting the needs of Canadian businesses, contributing to their competitiveness and supporting economic growth throughout Canada.

The Coalition will release weekly performance measurement reports, which measure performance across a range of key indicators including:

  • rail car demand
  • railway car supply
  • timeliness of railway car supply
  • corridor performance
  • railway dwell times at origin
  • railway dwell times at destination

These weekly reports can be found on the Ag Transport coalition website: www.agtransportcoalition.com

For the press release on the first performance measurement report, including a full list of Coalition members, click here.

 

 Level of Service Complaint

 

 

On May 26, 2014 CCGA launched a Level of Service complaint with the Canadian Transportation Agency contending that Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway did not fulfill their common carrier obligations for the movement of Western Canadian grains and oilseeds this crop year. See press release.

CCGA speaks to CTV Farmgate about the decision to file a Level of Service complaint with the CTA. <more>     

Business News Network asks CCGA about the association's Level of Service complaint. <more>
 

 Real Facts on Grain Transportation

 

​Agriculture can grow the Canadian economy, but rail service must respond to market demand.

Canada's grain, oilseed and special crop farmers critically rely on rail transportation. Every order for a grain hopper car counts. In a complex supply chain, spanning an average of 1,520 kilometres, the ability of the railways to get agricultural products to an export position is crucial to every player in the value chain - especially to the farmer.

CCGA and four other agriculture groups develped a rail service information fact sheet, covering topics such as:

  • The real farm impact of inconsistent rail service
  • Agriculture's reliance on the rail system for exports, farm profitability and economic growth
  • The challenges of shipping grain to our closest southern customers
  • Dispelling myths about the Maximum Revenue Entitlement (MRE)

For a PDF version of the fact sheet, click here.

 

 Bill C-30

 
The Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act
CCGA provided testimony several times during the development of this legislation:
February 10, 2014 – Appearance before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture regarding grain logistics.
April 1, 2014 – Appearance before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture regarding Bill C-30.
May 14, 2014 – Appearance before the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry regarding Bill C-30
The Bill, which received Royal Assent on May 29, 2014, may be viewed here.

CCGA will continue to provide input on this file as the associated Regulations are still pending and will be developed through the summer of 2014.


In June 2014, CCGA provided input to the Canadian Transportation Agency regarding two specific areas of stakeholder consultation for Bill C-30 implementation: Grain Movement Advice and Operational Terms for Rail Level of Service Agreements (joint submission with Grain Growers of Canada).