On November 17, the Minister of Transport introduced Bill C-33, the Strengthening the Port System and Railway Safety in Canada Act for first reading in the House of Commons.

The Minister stated that the Act aims to:

  • amend current legislation and modernize the way Canada’s marine and railway transportation systems operate;
  • remove systemic barriers to create a more fluid, secure, and resilient supply chain;
  • expand Canada Port Authorities’ mandate over traffic management;
  • position Canada’s ports as strategic hubs that support national supply chain performance and effectively manage investment decisions for sustainable growth;
  • improve the government’s insight into ports and their operations; and
  • modernize provisions on rail safety, security, and transportation of dangerous goods.

The Transport Canada news release and the text of Bill C-33 can be found below: