Transportation policy and regulatory frameworks are critical to Canada’s productivity and economic growth. While there is a general trend towards deregulation and privatization in this sector, issues including safety and security and North American integration dictate continued government involvement.
China and other emerging economic engines in Asia are accelerating the pressure on Canada’s infrastructure and global supply chain capacity. Infrastructure and border facilitation constraints are placing Canada’s trading nation status at risk.
This sector is largely transactional or project-driven, and its issues are typically multi-jurisdictional and highly complex. Global Public Affairs has and continues to be actively engaged in a number of key issues affecting the sector including:
- Air sector regulation, security and liberalization
- Border security management, facilitation and logistics
- Rail policy and regulation
- Legislative reviews and development including the Canada Transportation Act, Canada Marine Act, and Transportation of Dangerous Goods regulations
- Port infrastructure funding, terminal development and divestiture initiatives
- Gateway strategies and their implementation
- Tourism sector support and strategy development
Global’s Transportation, Infrastructure & Communities team has represented the full spectrum of transportation industry players including airports and airline carriers, major commodity shippers, Class-1 railways, tourism operators, urban transit providers, logistics coordinators and ports, among many others.