Feds, BC announce supply chain recovery working group

VANCOUVER, BC — The federal government and the government of British Columbia have created a supply chain recovery working group to help restore the flow of goods through the province.

Those invited to participate in the group include several government of Canada departments, government of British Columbia ministries, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, the Vancouver International Airport Authority, the BC Marine Terminal Operators Association, the BC Trucking Association, the Retail Council of Canada, the Canadian Fuels Association, representatives from British Columbia’s tow boat industry, the Gateway Council of BC, the BC Chamber of Shipping, CN Rail, and CP Rail, among others.

“The quality of our transportation infrastructure and the efficiency of our trade corridors directly benefit the lives of Canadians,” said Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport. “It is important to work together to determine how best to ensure Canada’s gateways stay strong, resilient and safe.”

This working group is a first step in what will be an ongoing effort by all orders of government to ensure that the supply chain is re-established in a way that gets Canadians the goods they need and help mitigate future incidents, the governments said.

The working group is developing options for contingency transport and logistics for essential goods and materials. As infrastructure gradually reopens, the working group will prioritize and advise on the best routes and use of limited capacity for the movement of goods across all transportation modes, while balancing community needs and national economic interest. They will also consider options for diverting traffic or establishing new logistics chains in the province.

Transport Canada is working with the Province of BC, along with the Port of Vancouver, terminal, railway, air, towing and trucking sectors, to support the response to the flooding in the province.