Focus

Current Focus

Western Canadian Shippers’ Coalition (WCSC) provides government with a one-window approach to engage in meaningful dialogue with multiple commodity sectors. Our members discuss and share perspectives and ideas on important transportation issues related to rail, port/terminals and trucking, and develop clear positions and messages to take to government. In addition to other immediate concerns that may arise, our current focus includes:

  • The Canada Transportation Act (CTA) Review. WCSC provided two submissions to the CTA Review Panel and discussed the recommendations contained in both submissions with CTA Panel Chair David Emerson and other Panel members in March and June 2015. The CTA submissions are available for download:
  • WCSC also provided a response to the CTA’s Report – Pathways: Connecting Canada’s Transportation System to the World:
    • WCSC Formal Response to The Canada Transportation Act Review Report – June 10, 2016 (PDF – 3 MB) On July 21, 2016, WCSC participated in Transport Canada’s Trade Corridors to Global Markets Roundtable held in Winnipeg, MB. For the balance of 2016 and in early 2017, we will continue to work closely with: Transport Canada as they review potential changes to the Act with possible implementation in the spring of 2017; and with the Canadian Transportation Agency as they review and update the current policies and consult with stakeholder in the fall of 2016.
    • WCSC continues to work closely with Transport Canada as they review potential changes to the Act with possible implementation in the spring of 2017.
  • Bill C-49: Transportation Modernization Act. WCSC provided a response to government and presented to the Standing Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities on September 12, 2017 regarding its position.
  • Consultation on methodology for determining CN’s and CP’s Capital Structure under the Maximum Revenue Entitlement Program. In response to the Canadian Transportation Agency’s call for interested parties’ views on the methodology for determining the capital structure of Canadian National Railway Company (CN) and Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CP) for the determination of the cost of capital of the two Railway Companies, WCSC and the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) made a joint submission.

Other Issues

Members’ issues and concerns regarding rail, ports/terminals and trucking, including:

  • Concern with the current infrastructure, network capacity and long-term viability of the supply chain
  • Ongoing service issues throughout all commodity groups
  • Container weighing concerns and impact on members and the supply chain
  • Trucking issues at the Port of Vancouver
  • Continue dialogue and communication with the Pacific Gateway Alliance on supply chain concerns, challenges and opportunities in the Western Canadian Provinces
  • New regulations for DOT-111 tank car
  • Proposed amendments to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations

Accomplishments

  • Membership base increased to include 14 companies representing a diverse group of commodities (cement/aggregate/fly ash/asphalt, coal, forestry, metals, petroleum and sulphur).
  • Developed strategic partnership with Pulse Canada to collaborate on transportation issues of mutual interest.
  • Successfully developed relationships with key department and agency personnel to provide government with a one-window approach to engage in meaningful dialogue with multiple commodity sectors.
  • Actively involved in the federal government’s Canadian Transportation Act (CTA) Review, providing formal submissions and a response to recommendations contained in the CTA Report’s Pathways: Connecting Canada’s Transportation System to the World; providing a response to Bill C-49: Transportation Modernization Act and presenting to the Standing Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities
  • Actively representing WCSC members with all levels of government regarding key transportation issues and concerns related to rail, ports/terminals and trucking.