WGEA Commends C-49 Passage
Grain shippers can now hold railways accountable when commitments are not met
Grain shippers across Western Canada welcomed the passage of Bill C-49, the Transportation Modernization Act.
“This day has been a long time coming for grain shippers and the farmers we serve,” says Wade Sobkowich, executive firector of the Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA). “We are hopeful today’s bill passage will mean that we can start using the new tools before the next shipping season.”
The amendments to the Canada Transportation Act contained in Bill C-49 mean that grain shippers can finally negotiate fair service level agreements with the railways and hold them accountable when service commitments are not met.
Among other important measures, the Bill also means better performance reporting, and that shippers can access competing rail lines through the long-haul interswitching mechanism.