TRANSPORTATION

Updated: March 13, 2019

About Transportation

The movement of wheat to market is a crucial part of the market process. If we cannot move the world’s best wheat to our global markets, the quality makes no difference.

The Issues

There are many different parts of the process, from trucks moving grain from field to terminal, trains moving it to port, and ships moving it to foreign markets. Along the way are a series of logistics ranging from level crossings, bridges and tunnels, track and port capacity. When one part of the system breaks down, it impacts the entire system.

Our Position

Receiving Royal Assent in May 2018, Bill C-49 brought changes and introduced processes of how all wheat growers could hold the railways accountable for the movement of their grain. The Wheat Growers support this action.

What We Are Doing

Year In Review #19: CN Rail Strike, Bad Harvest

Jim Wickett is chair of the Wheat Growers, and farms near Rosetown. He said the strike eliminated more than 50 percent of rail shipping, including finished products such as canola oil and fertilizer. "The CN system is shut down right now for freight," said Wickett. "So if you're on a CN line you're not going [...]

Grain Growers Anxious to see Crops Moving

The Western Canadian Wheat Growers (WCWG) are pleased that CN Rail and the Teamsters have come to a tentative agreement and that the grain can now move to market. “Our global markets depend on the timely shipping of our products. It is imperative that we are able to meet our contractual obligations,” said Gunter Jochum, President [...]

Grain groups seek ‘essential service’ status for rail

“While we’re grateful that the parties have come to an agreement, the federal government needs to take steps to ensure that grain farmers are not held ransom in the future. Rail service should be deemed an essential service,” Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel, a Saskatchewan director with the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, said Tuesday.

“Let’s Get the Grain Moving”

Calgary, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers are pleased that CN Rail and the Teamsters have come to a tentative agreement and that the grain can now move to market. “Our global markets depend on the timely shipping of our products. It is imperative that we are able to meet our contractual obligations,” said Gunter […]

CN Workers Strike, Officials Call for Government Intervention

The chair of the Western Wheat Growers says a strike would cause a major disruption to prairie grain exports. Jim Wickett wants the federal government to step in to ensure there's no significant stoppage to the movement of prairie grain to port, and Minister of Energy, Sonya Savage is calling for Parliament to address the [...]

Sask Agriculture minister David Marit and farm leaders call for end to CN rail strike

Farm leaders have also called for a quick end to the dispute. APAS president Todd Lewis, SARM president Ray Orb, and Western Wheat Growers chair Jim Wickett have called for a rapid end to the labor disruption. The executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association, Wade Sobkowich, has also called on Ottawa to bring [...]

‘One hit after another:’ Prairie farmers worry CN Rail strike could cause massive grain shipping delays

A strike by thousands of Canadian National Railway workers will likely make a bad harvest even worse, warns the head of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association. On Tuesday, roughly 3,200 conductors and yard workers went on strike across the country after talks between the company and workers fell apart. Jim Wickett, a farmer near Rosetown, [...]

Wheat Growers Call on Federal Government to Order CN Rail Back to Work

Calgary, AB: With today’s announcement that CN train conductors and railyard coordinators have gone on strike, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers call upon the federal government to take all steps necessary for an immediate return to work. “When farmer’s grain doesn’t move to market, farmers don’t get paid. After this year’s difficult harvest, the last […]

Wheat Growers “Very Disappointed” Liberals Voted Back In

The President of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers says they're very disappointed to see the Liberals back in power. Gunter Jochum, who farms in Manitoba, says although the Liberals won a minority Government, the farming community sent a clear message they wanted to see a change in power.

Wheat Growers Disappointed With Election Results

Gunter Jochum, who farms in Manitoba, says although the Liberals won a minority Government, the farming community sent a clear message they wanted to see a change in power. "Anything rural in Ontario was blue as well, and us in the West, naturally all blue, and that is because of how the Liberals treated agriculture [...]

840 CFCW’s Cheryl Brooks had a chat with Dave Quist of the Wheat Growers regarding the upcoming federal election

One of the main concerns from many rural Canadians, especially those on the Prairies, is the lack of talk about agriculture during the federal election campaign. In reality, there's been very little and yet agriculture is one of the biggest economic drivers in the country. 840 CFCW's Cheryl Brooks had a chat with Dave Quist [...]

Federal Parties Answer Agriculture Questionnaire

The federal parties' commitments to farmers and the agricultural sector are highlighted in a questionnaire released by the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Tuesday. The questionnaire was sent to all registered political parties and consisted of five questions exploring their view on priorities for farmers overall, on transporting grain, trade barriers and carbon pricing.

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