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The new Canadian Navigable Waters Act and the Major Works Order came into effect this week, replacing the Navigation Protection Act. The legislation restores lost protections on all navigable waters in Canada and provides new opportunities to create partnerships with Indigenous peoples to be involved in the administration of the Act.



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The Haida Nation and the Government of Canada have released a Co-Management Plan to safeguard the SGaan Kinghlas–Bowie Seamount Marine Protected Area. The plan protects an underwater mountain 180 km off the coast of Haida Gwaii known as SGaan Kinghlas. The Plan identifies goals, strategic objectives, and operational objectives for the MPA and describes how they will be achieved. It identifies management tools, addresses surveillance, enforcement and user compliance, and highlights education and outreach. Four implementation priorities are identified for the MPA: cooperative governance and adaptive co-management; research to support conservation outcomes; monitoring; and education and outreach.



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Canada Border Services Agency is advising that effective immediately, post-arrival amendments on primary cargos (all modes), house bills or conveyance transmissions; or, if a cargo and/or conveyance arrival message were sent in error prior to the actual arrival, warehouse operators, carriers, freight forwarders and/or their services providers will be required to present a completed Form BSF673 in duplicate to the local CBSA commercial office. The Guidelines for the Use of BSF673 – House Bill, Cargo and Conveyance Manual Correction Request Form – Post Arrival – All Modes have been updated to reflect how and where the form is to be presented.



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The Government of Canada is investing more than $300,000 in two projects at the Port of Vancouver to strengthen its transportation system and better prepare for climate change and extreme weather events in the Port of Vancouver and including the Fraser River.



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Canada and the US have brought into force the Agreement on Land, Rail, Marine, and Air Transport Preclearance between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America. The agreement seeks to facilitate opportunities for enhanced travel and trade between the two countries by enabling Canada and the US to expand preclearance for travellers at land, rail and marine facilities in both countries, as well as at additional airports. Cargo pre-clearance pilots have started at the land border and both countries are proceeding cautiously down this path.



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The Canada Infrastructure Bank has announced that it will work with the Montreal Port Authority to advance the project development of a new container terminal in Contrecoeur, where the port plans to expand its activities. The new terminal will serve to enable importers and exporters to get products to market as quickly as possible, by increasing the port’s capacity.



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Transport Canada is issuing fines to a pair of Canadian Coast Guard ships, the CCGS Cape Edensaw and CCGS Cap d'Espoir that allegedly sailed too fast through the Gulf of St. Lawrence, where speed restrictions which were in place earlier this month to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whales. The fines are 6,000 and $12,000, respectively. Since the restrictions have gone into place, a total of six vessels, including a luxury yacht and three cargo vessels, have incurred penalties.



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Transport Canada has announced over $100 million in rail-related infrastructure funding in recent weeks. The projects receiving funding are part of a multi-year, billion-dollar program by the Canadian government to invest in key trade corridors. Projects include:

  • $18.5 million to improve truck flows at the Port of Montreal, with one of the initiatives being to build a railway bridge outside the truck entrance to improve truck traffic at the port.
  • $12.4 million provided to two projects in Saskatchewan to enhance rail capacity, reduce bottlenecks and increase competition for shippers by offering them increased access to two railways instead of just one.
  • $20 million to increase rail capacity near Abbotsford for track leading to the Port of Vancouver. The project entails the construction of a 5.6-kilometer track that will run alongside an existing single track.
  • $102 million in five projects to improve efficiencies at the Port of Vancouver, including: C$42.7 million to consolidate the operations at the Annacis Auto Terminal and the Richmond Terminal to accommodate the growing Asian automobile market; C$12.2 million to improve road and rail traffic operations and develop new rail-serviced bulk export marine terminals within the Fraser Surrey Port Lands; C$39.4 million to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion in the Portside/Blundell corridor of Richmond; C$1.6 million to evaluate the viability of short sea shipping in greater Vancouver as a means of handling increased trade volumes; and C$6 million to develop a real-time dashboard for the Ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert to measure the end-to-end performance of the supply chain for all cargo moving through both ports. 



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The Government of Canada will be bringing the new Impact Assessment Act, the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, the Canadian Navigable Waters Act, and associated regulations into force on August 28, 2019. The outlines rules for transitioning to the new system seek to protect our environment and communities while making sure good projects can get built to create jobs for the middle class.



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Alberta’s government is setting aside $10-million to help Indigenous groups use the courts to support oil pipelines and other resource projects. Premier Jason Kenney has argued that a small group of well-funded First Nations, which have successfully used the courts to derail projects such as the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, have had a louder voice than those in favour because of their access to funds. The province will accept proposals from First Nations or Métis communities, as well as corporations or non-profit groups with Indigenous involvement, to file new lawsuits or intervene in existing cases. Groups applying for the money must support projects that “improve Alberta’s interests.” The Alberta government also plans to launch a Crown corporation this fall to offer loan guarantees and other help to Indigenous-led proposals to buy into the Trans Mountain pipeline or other resource projects.



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As part of the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is seeing input through its Let's Talk Oceans Protection Plan website on proposals to develop a new and more collaborative approach to managing marine traffic issues in local waterways. The draft framework is available online and the comment period closes on Friday, September 27, 2019.



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Canada Labour Code Changes September 2019

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Federal employers finally have an in-force date for the recent amendments to the Canada Labour Code contained in Bill C-63 and Bill C-86. On September 1, 2019 workplaces subject to the Canada Labour Code need to prepare for major changes to a range of statutory provisions governing everything from work scheduling to leave entitlements to termination of employment, among many others. The changes will begin to take effect in September 2019.    



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