OTTAWA — The Canadian government will create a Supply Chain Task Force to address issues that have developed during the COVID-19 pandemic, and will make C$50 million available for projects to address congestion at ports following a national Supply Chain Summit held Monday.
Transport Minister Omar Alghabra and five other government ministers hosted the summit, which also was attended by CEO of rail, air, trucking, marine, and retail companies, along with representatives of business, manufacturing, and export associations.
“This National Summit was the perfect venue to collaborate with industry partners on how to identify ways to mitigate supply chain pressures, and to encourage partners to come up with innovative solutions,” Alghabra said in a press release. “… The Summit represented an important milestone to discuss challenges, strategies, and next steps that will support Canada’s transportation supply chain.”
The task force will work with industry experts to identify short- and long-term solutions to supply-chain issues. A series of regional and industry sessions will also provide follow-ups to Monday’s summit.