The country’s most popular and popular delivery routes are heading to a new phase.
A series of new rules set to take effect on Wednesday require all new and existing freight carriers to notify their customers if they plan to use a particular carrier’s freight service to move goods from one point to another.
The rules come into effect on Jan. 1, 2017.
The rules are designed to address growing concerns from the transportation industry about the risk of lost deliveries from competitors, and to prevent carriers from creating monopolies.
The new rules also aim to prevent large, regional carriers from using their fleet to deliver goods from Canada to other markets, including Europe.
Bulk freight is one of the more profitable routes, with Canada shipping more than $9 billion worth of goods in 2017.
“The new rules are meant to protect the health and safety of our customers, particularly our farmers and our producers,” said Mark Jang, president of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).
“This is not just about protecting Canadian agriculture and its consumers, it’s also about ensuring we get the best possible service for our consumers and the farmers who are our biggest export market.”
Transport Canada said the new rules would help ensure that the public is protected and to ensure fairness for the Canadian economy.
“The rules will ensure that a Canadian carrier has a reasonable chance to compete and that Canadians can get the services they need,” said Transport Canada spokesperson Kelly Phelan.
“It will also ensure that Canadians have the opportunity to make informed choices about what they want to buy.”
Budget 2016 promised a number of changes to the freight industry, including a cap on the number of new carriers that can operate.
But the government’s new regulations will also make it harder for some smaller carriers to gain access to the Canada-U.S. border.
“There are many concerns raised by some stakeholders that if the regulations take effect in January, then Canadian freight carriers will be able to operate without the necessary permits to move and deliver goods,” said John Witherspoon, president and CEO of the Association of Canadian Commercial Transportation Officials (ACCTO).
“These new rules provide additional protections for Canadian businesses, consumers and producers, while also ensuring that Canadians are protected from undue competition.”
The changes are being implemented by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
The new regulations are expected to have a major impact on freight operations in Canada, but the federal government says it is working with the provinces and territories to make sure that Canadians don’t lose out.
“We want to make clear that there is no regulatory change that would not result in improved access to our borders,” said Chris Wattie, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Fisheries.
“This will benefit the Canadian freight industry and its members and will be an opportunity for our businesses and the Canadian public to get the service they need.”
“We are continuing to work with our stakeholders and the provinces to make it clear that this is an important part of our Government’s agenda to make the Canada we know and love possible,” said Kevin Prentice, Minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food, Fisheries and Rural Development.