Transportation occurrences reported to the TSB, 2018 to 2022

TSB’s Annual Report Highlights Safety Issues in Canadian Transportation

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) announced June 22 that its 2022-23 Annual Report, which includes key annual statistics on occurrences in the rail, air, marine and pipeline modes of transportation under federal jurisdiction, was tabled in Parliament.

TSB Releases Annual ‘Safety Recommendations’ Assessment

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) on June 13 issued an annual assessment of responses to its “outstanding safety recommendations” in the rail, marine and air transportation sectors.

Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra

Transport Canada: C$12.5MM to Improve Freight Transport at the Port of Windsor

Transport Canada on May 26 announced an investment from the National Trade Corridors Fund of up to C$12.5 million to the Essex Terminal Railway Company for a Cargo Terminal Infrastructure Expansion project

Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland on March 28 tabled Budget 2023.

Canada FY2023 Budget: $262MM for Rail

Among the proposals included in the Canadian government’s 2023 budget, tabled March 28 by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland, are those slated to “strengthen Canada’s transportation systems and supply chain infrastructure,” such as the establishment of a Transportation Supply Chain Office and a temporary extension, on a pilot basis, of the interswitching limit in the prairie provinces “to strengthen rail competition.” Also proposed: investing C$210.0 million over five years in VIA Rail Canada.

“Today’s funding will help Global Agriculture Trans-Loading purchase new container lifts, conveyor belt systems, bagging equipment, and more to move agricultural products faster and more efficiently, while strengthening supply chains in BC,” Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra reported via Twitter on March 17. (Photograph Courtesy of Alghabra, via Twitter)

B.C.’s Global Agricultural Trans-Loading to Double Operations

The government of Canada is investing up to C$23 million in Global Agricultural Trans-Loading’s (GATL) rail infrastructure and capacity improvement project at its CN-served facility in Surrey, British Columbia.

Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra

Canada Investing C$18.6MM to Boost Supply Chain Fluidity

The government of Canada is allocating funding to a rail park in the Winnipeg, Manitoba, metro region, and for a Port of Nanaimo (British Columbia) study in an effort to boost supply

Union Pacific is purchasing four hybrid cranes for testing in its intermodal yards. These hybrid cranes are expected to consume at least 50% less diesel fuel than standard cranes. (UP Photograph)

Intermodal Briefs: UP, Port of Belledune, Western Intermodex

Union Pacific (UP) finalizes contracts for four hybrid cranes to test in its intermodal yards. Also, the government of Canada is investing up to C$12.5 million in an infrastructure project at the CN-served Port of Belledune in New Brunswick; and intermodal services firm Western IntermodeX acquires Quickload Logistics to boost import transload capacity in Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

“Our work to make our supply chain even stronger continues,” Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra said via Twitter on Feb. 13. “Today, we are launching a new call for proposals that will support projects that will strengthen the digitization of our infrastructure. Applicants have until April 11 to submit their proposal.”

Transport Canada Launches ‘Advancing Supply Chain Digitalization’ Call for Proposals

Transport Canada is committing up to C$50 million for projects that improve asset and operations management, coordination, planning, and optimization of supply chains to help alleviate bottlenecks and boost network fluidity and resilience, the department reported Feb. 13.

The province of Alberta is where the most collisions at rail crossings happen in Canada.

Authorities Call for Better Oversight Along Canada’s Provincially Regulated Railways

With the release of investigation documents surrounding a 2019 accident in which a GO Transit train struck two people at a public crossing in Ontario, officials from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada are expressing concerns about the safety oversight of provincially regulated railways.

Canada: Lac-Mégantic Bypass Project Advancing

Nearly a decade after the horrific derailment of a crude oil unit train at Lac-Mégantic, Quebec that claimed 47 lives and led to new regulations for railroad hazmat tank cars, Canada Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra on Jan. 14 announced that building a 12.5-km (7.75-mile) bypass to get trains out of downtown Lac-Mégantic “remains a priority.” While the government has signed agreements to acquire some of the land for the project, he said, it has decided not to extend the “mutual negotiation period” with the remaining impacted owners after doing so three times, so that the project can move forward.