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

CP Rail arbitration with Teamsters union a ‘sigh of relief’ for Sask. farm, mining groups

Daryl Fransoo, who farms near Glaslyn, Sask., said he’s relieved the dispute has ended between rail workers and the company, given the economy has been battered by the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine involves two countries that supply 30 per cent of the world’s wheat.

Agriculture Industry continues to warn about high cost for CP Rail work stoppage

Meantime, the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Chair Daryl Fransoo says they hold the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference accountable for the work stoppage. “At a time when the Canadian economy has been reeling from supply chain problems, COVID-19, the highest inflation in over a decade, and now the invasion of Ukraine, this lockout falls on the […]

Congratulations to CP Rail and TCRC

CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers offer congratulations to both CP Rail and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference for reaching an agreement to enter into binding arbitration and ending the current work stoppage. “Canada’s rail system is crucial for our food security, maintaining and growing our economy and the movement of goods all across […]

Back-to-work legislation demanded as CP trains stop

“Many farmers across the Prairies are expecting the shipment of seed, fertilizer and other inputs in the coming weeks in order to start seeding” said Daryl Fransoo, a Saskatchewan farmer and chair of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers.

Rail Strike Hurts Everyone – Immediate Back To Work Legislation Required

CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers hold the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference accountable for the CP Rail strike that will disrupt the movement of goods all across the country. “At a time when the Canadian economy has been reeling from supply chain problems, COVID-19, the highest inflation in over a decade, and now the […]

CP Rail work stoppage begins after labour dispute, threatening supply chains

CP Rail trains have ground to a halt across the country after thousands of workers began a long-anticipated work stoppage early Sunday morning.

Canadian Pacific and union still far apart on agreement, says Teamsters Canada

The last major railway labor disruption was an eight-day Canadian National Railway Co strike in 2019. But in the past 12 years, there have been 12 stoppages due to poor weather, blockades or labor issues, according to the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association.

Western Canadian Wheat Growers disappointed with CP Rail situation

“It is inconceivable that grain farmers would be facing a CP rail stoppage at this time. After a historic poor crop last year, devastating floods in BC, unseasonable winter conditions and now a war in Ukraine, grain farmers question whether the rail parties understand the impact of a stoppage at this time,” said Daryl Fransoo, […]

Western Canadian Wheat Growers express concern about potential rail stoppage

“It is inconceivable that grain farmers would be facing a CP rail stoppage at this time,” said Daryl Fransoo, the group’s Saskatchewan director.

Canadian Wheat Growers express concerns about ‘inconceivable’ CP Rail work stoppage

“After a historic poor crop last year, devastating floods in B.C., unseasonable winter conditions and now a war in Ukraine, grain farmers question whether the rail parties understand the impact of a stoppage,” says Daryl Fransoo.

CP Rail Stoppage Hurts Everyone

CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers are disappointed that CP Rail and Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) have not been able to reach an agreement to ensure seamless rail transportation. With CP serving lockout notice, an interruption in rail service will be devastating. “It is inconceivable that grain farmers would be facing a CP […]

Wheat Growers Supports the CN/Kansas City Southern Rail Merger

CALGARY, AB: The Western Canadian Wheat Growers are pleased to support the proposed merger of the Canadian National and Kansas City Southern Class 1 rail lines. The seamless movement of raw and finished goods throughout North America will benefit the Canadian, US and Mexican economies. Canadian companies that import or export materials or finished goods […]

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