SARM Pleased with New Grain Transportation Regulations

The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) is pleased to see that a series of important regulations and an Order in Council (OIC) are now in effect as of August 1, 2014.

The new regulations ensure that Canada’s grain will be transported as fast and efficiently as possible while also creating a framework for farmers to receive compensation in the event of non-compliance in grain contracts. “These new regulations will not only improve Canada’s grain transportation system but they will also provide farmers with better protection by increasing accountability for grain companies,” said David Marit, President of SARM.

The OIC sets a minimum volume of grain to be transported weekly from August 3, 2014 to November 29, 2014. The Canadian National Railway (CN) and the Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) are now each required to move 536,250 tonnes of grain for a weekly total minimum of one million tonnes. Furthermore, with these new regulations, the Federal Government may now obtain data from CN and CP on a more regular basis. This information will be used to maintain the efficiency of grain transportation.

“After the grain transportation issues of 2013, SARM is very appreciative of the efforts being put forward by the Federal Government to avoid a similar situation and we are looking forward to seeing how these new regulations will be implemented,” said President Marit.

“SARM, the Voice of Rural Saskatchewan”

For more information contact:

David Marit                                                                  Laurel Feltin

President                                                                    Acting Executive Director

306-476-7754                                                              306-761-3733