(May 11, 2012) -- A draft of the Ontario Goods Movement Strategy is
expected to be ready in June, with a final blueprint and action plan to
come in the fall.
A Ministry of Transportation official made the announcement at the
Supply Chain Canada conference, Truck News magazine
James Perttula, manager of the Goods Movement Office within the
Transportation Policy Branch at the Ministry of Transportation, said the
strategy will examine how Canada's most heavily populated and congested
province can best move goods.
"Regardless of how fast the economy is going to grow, we know it will
grow and that Ontario's population will grow and that is going to have
an impact. If congestion is an issue now, it will be even more of an
issue in 20 years," Perttula was quoted as saying.
The project is said to complement work being done on the Continental
The strategy will also address how to ensure a competitive and
streamlined regulatory environment; build partnerships to strengthen
transportation planning; and integrate sustainability practices into
Stakeholders' wish list essentially boils down to three basic
demands, says Perttula:
- Strong infrastructure, with access to efficient multimodal supply
- Addressing intermodal connections and time sensitive shipments that
are particularly vulnerable to congestion and regulatory delays.
(Perttula said there is need to educate the municipalities on how
freight moves best to ensure municipal bylaws don't have a negative
impact on freight flows).
- Competing with other jurisdictions, which are increasing their
focus on goods movement planning and statewide/multi-state freight plans
are increasingly common in the US.