Transport Canada announced on Oct. 6 that Minister Omar Alghabra is reviewing “with great interest” the recently released National Supply Chain Task Force’s final report, which focuses on “areas of action, collaboration and transformation” and will aid in the creation of a National Supply Chain Strategy for the country.
The Task Force, which is tasked with investigating solutions to address Canada’s transportation supply chain challenges, was established earlier this year by Alghabra following the global COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Transport Canada, the Task Force “consulted extensively to gain a broad array of stakeholder perspectives on priority areas for short and longer-term actions to reduce congestion, improve reliability and build resilience within Canada’s transportation supply chain.”
A total of 21 actions have been recommended in the final report, including:
- Easing port congestion.
- Addressing labor shortages and employee retention.
- Establishing a federal Supply Chain Office to unify relevant federal government activities.
- Protecting corridors, border crossings and gateways from disruption.
- Developing a national transportation Supply Chain Strategy.
- Engaging the U.S. and the provinces and territories to achieve mutual recognition of regulations, polices and processes.
Moving forward, the Government of Canada will develop a National Supply Chain Strategy that will be informed by the recommendations included in the Task Force’s final report.
“Strengthening our transportation supply chain in a collaborative way with our provincial and territorial partners is part of the Government of Canada’s strategy to respond to the rising cost of living and to put money back in the pockets of Canadians,” Transport Canada says. “An efficient and resilient transportation supply chain is key to expanding Canada’s economic capacity and productivity and will drive long-term growth. The Government of Canada will continue to support Canadians through investments in infrastructure and growth strategies.”
‘Ensuring that Canadians receive essential goods has been a top priority for our government,” Said Alghabra. “Over the past several months, I’ve met with a range of supply chain partners and discussed challenges and strategies for public and private sector collaboration to find innovative solutions to ease congestion throughout our supply chain. We continue our work to find answers to ensure Canada’s supply chain remains efficient and reliable. I also wish to thank the National Supply Chain Task Force for their efforts over the last several months. The Task Force’s final report will prove invaluable as Canada develops its National Supply Chain Strategy.”
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