Transportation and highway safety ministers discuss stronger supply chains, trade corridors24 February 2023
OTTAWA (GNB) – Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Jeff Carr met with his federal, provincial and territorial counterparts today to discuss building stronger supply chains and trade corridors, as well as fighting and adapting to climate change.
Carr and federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra co-chaired the annual meeting of the Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety.
“Over the past few years, we have all experienced transportation supply chain and trade corridor issues in addition to the impact of extreme weather events caused by climate change,” said Carr. “At this meeting we highlighted this fragility and emphasized our need to continue to work with our federal counterparts to build stronger supply chains and more climate resilient infrastructure.”
The ministers agreed to continue to work together to strengthen North American supply chains, enhance transportation safety, and collaborate on climate change efforts so that Canadians can benefit from safe, reliable, efficient, and modern transportation infrastructure.
“Our supply chain continues to face challenges across the country, impacting the price and how we transport goods, as well as how we travel,” said Alghabra. “Today, I was happy to discuss transport issues with my provincial and territorial counterparts, and I feel confident we are moving in the right direction together to address labour shortages, fight climate change, create good middle-class jobs, and build an economy that works for everyone.”
The ministers also discussed continued efforts to increase climate resilience and reduce pollution in the transportation sector through collaboration with the working group established last year on transportation adaptation.
Today’s meeting was preceded by a meeting of ministers and Indigenous representatives from national Indigenous organizations during which reconciliation and shared transportation issues, including the need for efficient and resilient supply chains for Indigenous communities were discussed.