Crop Logistics Working Group

The fourth mandate of the Crop Logistics Working Group (CLWG) was established in May 2017 to provide an on-going forum where industry representatives can exchange views and identify supply chain challenges and opportunities, including throughout the implementation of the Transportation 2030 freight rail initiatives.

During this fourth mandate, the CLWG will:

  • Provide agricultural stakeholders a forum to discuss ongoing issues in the grain handling and transportation system, in the context of the Government’s long-term transportation agenda.
  • Provide a venue for collaboration among agriculture sector stakeholders throughout the supply chain to help improve the efficiency and predictability in how grains and oilseeds move from farm to customer, in Canada or around the globe.
  • Help ensure Canadian farmers can continue to get their products to markets around the world quickly and efficiently, generating growth for the Canadian economy, putting more money in the pockets of farmers, and strengthening the middle class.

Two meetings of the new CLWG mandate have been held, on June 20, 2017, and September 6, 2017, in Winnipeg. The membership established subcommittees to look at the implementation of Bill C-49, data and performance measurement, industry growth and infrastructure needs, and system resiliency and contingency planning. The CLWG will report back to the Minister throughout its mandate.

Crop Logistics Working Group 2015

The CLWG was renewed in February 2015 for a third mandate, to provide an on-going forum for industry to discuss supply chain challenges and identify ways to improve the crop logistics system over the short, medium and long-term. Its primary focus was to establish common positions across the supply chain as input into the Canada Transportation Act review and Transport Canada's Commodity Supply Chain Table.

To request a copy of the final report, please contact our Departmental Publications Service by phone at 613-773-1444 or by email at publications@agr.gc.ca.

Crop Logistics Working Group

The CLWG was originally established in 2011 to provide input into the Rail Freight Service Review implementation process; discuss operational changes arising from the transition to marketing freedom; and provide a forum for agricultural stakeholders to exchange information and views on other transportation-related issues. The CLWG fulfilled its original mandate.

In November 2012, the CLWG was given a renewed mandate to continue finding efficiencies and driving costs out of the entire value chain. This second mandate had a focus on innovation, capacity and stakeholder collaboration. The group provided a final report to the Agriculture Minister, with three key recommendations to improve the competitiveness of the crop supply chain.

Crop Logistics Working Group 2012 - Final report

The 2012 Crop Logistics Working Group's final report examines the challenges and opportunities for the grain sector and makes recommendations to address gaps in the current performance measurement framework for the Grain Handling and Transportation System. The Government responded to the three recommendations by pursuing enhancements to the Grain Monitoring Program; investing $1.5 million in a Pulse Canada led multi-sector collaboration project of the pulse, oilseeds and grains industries to improve supply chain efficiency and reliability; and providing an ongoing forum for representatives across the industry to discuss improvement throughout the supply chain.

To request a copy of the publication, please contact our Departmental Publications Service by phone at 613-773-1444 or by email at publications@agr.gc.ca.

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