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Winnipeg, MB – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced today that the Crop Logistics Working Group (CLWG) has completed its final report, identifying ways to improve the grain handling and transportation system across Canada. The working group was chaired by Mr. Murdoch MacKay and brought together over 18 agriculture organizations from across the grain sector. This report is a consensus of all these organizations and consolidates the broadest agriculture related recommendations to strengthen the grain supply chain.
The report consists of eight key recommendations, including: enhanced transparency in the rail market; continued assessment of grain movement volume, enhancements in the Level of Service process, enhanced powers of the Canadian Transportation Agency; and increased protection and support for producer car and other small shippers. These recommendations will be submitted on behalf of the CLWG to the Canada Transportation Act (CTA) review panel, chaired by the Honourable David Emerson.
This work consolidates producer and agriculture industry input into the CTA review and concludes the third mandate of the CLWG—a forum for representatives across the industry to identify improvements to the supply chain.
“The input provided by the CLWG supports our Government’s commitment to improving the transportation system so that farmers’ products get to market quickly and efficiently. Working with industry to strengthen the entire supply chain ensures Canada’s grain sector is well positioned for long term growth and sustainability.”
“Our mandate was to establish a consensus position within the grain supply chain. It has been a privilege to work with this very committed industry group over the past six months in reaching that goal and we would like to thank the Minister for this opportunity to bring the industry together to develop and present the recommendations of the industry to the CTA review panel and the Minister.”
Director of Communication
Office of the Honourable Gerry Ritz
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
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