Being viewed globally as a reliable and consistent supplier of pulses directly affects the ability for growers across Canada to be profitable. This is why we collaborate with our national association Pulse Canada, other provincial pulse organizations, and others across the agriculture sector in the area of transportation to ensure we have a unified voice at a national level, and that we see results that enhance the Canadian agriculture supply chain.
The pulse industry, through Pulse Canada, led the establishment of the Ag Transport Coalition. The Coalition is a group of agriculture industry stakeholders that are working towards enhancing the competitiveness of the agriculture supply chain. The coalition has developed performance measurement reports for rail for 90 per cent of grain shipped from Western Canada, which allows for objective and credible, real-time daily and weekly reporting on supply-chain effectiveness. This reporting increases transparency and accountability for railway performance.
Other industry members of the Ag Transport Coalition include the Alberta Wheat Commission, the Canadian Canola Growers Association, the Western Grain Elevators Association, the Inland Terminals Association of Canada, the Canadian Oilseed Processors Association, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
Canada Transportation Act Review & Bill C-49
The Canadian pulse industry worked with other partners to provide input to the Federal Government during the Canada Transportation Act (CTA) consultation period. Following the report and recommendations made by the CTA Review Committee Chairperson, David Emerson, Pulse Canada delivered an assessment of the report to government. In the assessment they identified recommendations included in the report that were in alignment with the agriculture industry’s recommendations, those that were not aligned, and areas that may lead to positive outcomes with further industry discussion.
Since Bill C-49 was unveiled in May 2017, the Canadian pulse industry has been calling on the Canadian government to make amendments to the bill including to provide the Canadian Transportation Agency with Own-motion power and to include soybeans and chickpeas as eligible crops under the maximum revenue entitlement (MRE).
Own-motion power would remove the requirement of the Agency to receive a complaint from a shipper, instead enabling the Agency to investigate service issues and railways actions independently, and identify solutions within their regulatory toolbox.
Including soybeans and chickpeas as MRE-eligible crops will ensure chickpea and soybean growers are afforded the same transportation rate protection and competitiveness as is offered to all crops covered under the MRE.