The federal government is looking to establish a national supply chain strategy and the recommendations made by the task force will provided guidance. PHOTO by Pexels
Canada’s National Supply Chain Task Force, tasked earlier this year with examining the key issues affecting Canada’s supply chain woes and producing recommendations to improve the situation, has issued its final report.
The Final Report focuses on areas of action, collaboration, and transformation as overarching themes to improve Canada’s supply chain. A total of 21 actions have been recommended.
Highlights of recommended actions in the report include:
- Easing port congestion;
- Addressing labour shortages and employee retention;
- Establishing a federal Supply Chain Office to unify relevant federal government activities;
- Protecting corridors, border crossings, and gateways from disruption;
- Developing a national transportation Supply Chain Strategy; and
- Engaging the United States and the provinces and territories to achieve mutual recognition of regulations, policies, and processes.
“The pandemic caused massive disruptions in the labour market, leading to worker shortages across many industries, including transportation. As our economy recovers and grows, we have to make investments and changes that will not only address these disruptions, but strengthen our workforce in the long-term. The National Supply Chain Task Force’s Final Report and its recommendations will be critical to this work, helping ensure we make informed, strategic decisions,” said Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion of Canada.
The Task Force consulted extensively to gain a broad array of stakeholder perspectives on priority areas for short and longer-term actions to reduce congestion, improve reliability, and build resilience within Canada’s transportation supply chain.
Strengthening the supply chain in a collaborative way with our provincial and territorial partners is part of Ottawa’s strategy to respond to the rising cost of living.
Moving forward, the federal government is looking to develop a National Supply Chain Strategy.
“The Task Force’s final report will prove invaluable as Canada develops its National Supply Chain Strategy,” said Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport.