Transportation 2030 - A Strategic Plan for the Future of Transportation in Canada: Trade Corridors to Global Markets

From Transport Canada

What Canadians told us:

  • It takes effective collaboration between industry and government to maximize economic opportunities. Cost inefficiencies negatively affect Canada's ability to compete globally. The costs of domestic freight transportation greatly influence new or expanded industrial investments.
  • Beyond infrastructure investment, Canada must use innovation, policy, regulations, and creativity to improve supply chain efficiency and increase the reliability, capacity, and credibility of our transportation system.
  • A national outlook and a system-wide perspective is important to improve efficiency and to understand broader economic factors. Looking only at individual parts or sectors of the supply chain will obscure problems. We must also keep in mind the individual needs of shippers. There may not always be one fix for all sectors.
  • Transport data in Canada is becoming less available. Canada needs to make data a priority so we can make good decisions about where to invest, potential projects, and inform a national transportation strategy.

Our goal:

  • Improve our transportation system’s performance to get products to markets to grow Canada’s economy.

Where we go from here:

  • build capacity and reduce supply chain congestion as part of the Government’s $81 billion investment in infrastructure over the next eleven years
  • establish a new data regime to support sound investment decisions by government, and make sure that data is available to all who operate, oversee, analyze and use the transportation system
  • look at new ways to finance transportation infrastructure projects in partnership with other levels of government and the private sector
  • make infrastructure investments to address bottlenecks in important trade corridors, including rail export corridors
  • work on greater transparency in the rail transportation supply chain, take a more balanced approach for stakeholders, and support a more competitive and efficient rail sector
  • make sure our actions support work on government priorities, such as Canada’s progressive trade and investment plan, a pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change, and a national innovation agenda

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