The Concept

Endorsements

There is a growing, pan-Canadian network of support for academic inquiry into the Canadian Northern Corridor concept. Here we feature formal endorsements of the corridor concept as proposed by The School of Public Policy.

Senate of Canada - Standing Senate Committee on Banking Trade and Commerce
June 2017

In its June 2017 study, “National Corridor: Enhancing and Facilitating Commerce and Trade”, the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce recommended the federal government provide up to $5 million to the Canadian Northern Corridor Research Program at The School of Public Policy and stated that “the national dialogue on infrastructure and market access can only benefit from the flow of data and robust evidence that will result from this research initiative.” The Committee concluded that the CNC concept specifically could address three major trade transportation issues in Canada:

  • inadequate east-west transportation infrastructure that limits the extent to which Canada can access tidewater in order to export goods to international markets;
  • Canada’s current regulatory approval processes that impede the development of major transportation infrastructure in a timely manner; and
  • the lack of ports and routes in Canada’s North that can be used to ship goods abroad.

“A national corridor is a key requirement for economic development in the 21st century. It will provide pipeline, rail, road and telecommunication connections from Labrador to Prince Rupert. It will link major resource developments and provide access to world markets for Canadian resources.”

- Senator Doug Black, QC, Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce, June 2017.



“The scope of this project is ambitious and will require years of careful management and stable funding. But the legacy it could leave — a more connected and prosperous Canada as well as lasting partnerships with Indigenous groups — should be reason enough to move ahead.”

- Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen, Deputy Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce, June 2017.

Government of Canada - Minister of Transportation
November 2017

In response to the Senate committee June 2017 report, “National Corridor”, Transport Canada Minister Marc Garneau said “The Government agrees with the Committee’s finding that improving national transportation and communication networks will encourage economic growth and facilitate exports. ...The Government recognizes that transportation infrastructure needs in Canada’s territorial North are varied and distinct, and that critical transportation investments hold much potential for residents to unlock new economic and social opportunities, while strengthening transportation connections with established continental networks.”


 

Canadian Chamber of Commerce - Resolutions Book 2018
http://www.chamber.ca/advocacy/policy-resolutions/policy-resolutions-books/
November 5, 2018
In a resolution submitted by the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and supported by both the Indigenous Affairs and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce adopted the resolution to recommend that the federal government, along with provincial, territorial, municipal and Indigenous governments support further research into the proposed northern infrastructure corridor as proposed by Fellows and Sulzenko at the School of Public Policy. Other recommendations were made for government to support the success of such an initiative. Additional government actions were recommended in support of the overarching goal of supporting Canada’s growth and access to markets.   

Alberta Chambers of Commerce - 2018 Policies
https://chambermaster.blob.core.windows.net/userfiles/UserFiles/chambers/2087/CMS/2018_Policies/2018-Policies.pdf
May 2018
In its 2018 approved policies, the Alberta Chambers of Commerce recommended the federal government, along with provincial, territorial, municipal and First Nations governments implement the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce recommendation in its June 2017 report to fund the University of Calgary School of Public Policy and the Centre for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations to undertake further research into the proposed northern infrastructure corridor. Additional government actions were recommended in support of the overarching goal of supporting Canada’s growth and access to markets. 

Edmonton Chamber of Commerce - 2018 Policies
https://www.edmontonchamber.com/2018/09/13/developing-a-northern-infrastructure-corridor/
September 13, 2018
In its 2018 policies, the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce recommended the federal government, along with provincial, territorial, municipal and First Nations governments support further research into the proposed northern infrastructure corridor, as proposed by Fellows and Sulzenko at the School of Public Policy. Additional government actions were recommended in support of the overarching goal of supporting Canada’s growth and access to markets.