Why should I care about this? How important is trade to Canada’s economy?2023-08-18T19:20:06+00:00

Trade is fundamental to Canada’s prosperity and is poised to grow. According to 2022 World Bank data, trade generates 67 percent of Canada’s GDP — that is more than two thirds! The trade sector in our country supports more than 3 million jobs and generates revenues that fund our social programs and other national priorities.

Continued growth in the global middle class will see more than 3 billion new consumers gain purchasing power to ‘buy Canadian‘ and fuel the next generation of trade-generated economic growth. But only if we can reliably deliver what we produce. Canada dropped from the top 10 in 2009 to 32nd (behind Azerbaijan) in the 2019 World Economic Forum’s global ranking of quality of transportation infrastructure.

Canada needs a fundamentally different approach – a move from a ‘shovel ready‘ to a ‘shovel worthy‘ framework, along with a change in approach from ‘spending’ to long-term thinking and high-value return on investment. Bold action and a change in approach are needed to regain our country’s position and strengthen our economy.

What is meant by trade infrastructure? By trade corridors?2023-07-14T19:15:17+00:00

Trade infrastructure refers to the physical assets and facilities that support the movement of goods within and across borders. It includes various transportation modes such as marine, inland ports, border crossings, road, rail and air, on a national network to move goods domestically, continentally and globally.

These infrastructure assets form the backbone of trade corridors, which are routes connecting key economic centers and facilitating the movement of goods between them.

How does Canada compare to other countries when it comes to trade infrastructure?2023-08-24T13:05:57+00:00

According to the 2019 World Economic Forum’s global ranking of quality of transportation infrastructure, Canada dropped from the top 10 in 2009 to 32nd place, behind Azerbaijan. This decline in ranking highlights the challenges Canada faces in terms of the quality and reliability of its trade infrastructure.

In a 2021 analysis by the European Court of Auditors, comparing Canada with the European Union, the United States, Switzerland and Australia, only Canada was found to be lacking coherent, institutionalized long-term coordination and planning.

What is CTIP about?2023-07-13T13:14:05+00:00

The Canada Trade Infrastructure Plan (CTIP) is a long-term investment  solution to Canada’s trade problems. It is a long-term plan for trade corridor infrastructure investment aimed at spurring the next generation of economic growth in Canada.

It is essential that the Government of Canada, provinces, cities and industry stakeholders collaborate to develop and implement permanent, long-term planning; a Canada Trade Infrastructure Plan (CTIP) that identifies strategic priorities, follows best practices and enables trade to grow the economy and build Canada.

CTIP is about long-term (20+ years) coordination and planning of investments in trade infrastructure (road, rail, air, port and marine assets) along key economic corridors to enhance their fluidity and reliability, boost Canada’s competitiveness and restore our global reputation. If you fail to plan, then you are planning to fail.

The quality of these trade assets and what they enable are essential: economic growth, prosperity and jobs for Canadians in all regions and communities. Canadian businesses and producers are calling for a CTIP and are encouraging Canadians to join and support the campaign.

How would CTIP help with reducing greenhouse gases and achieving Canada’s net-zero targets?2023-07-14T19:18:59+00:00

A Canada Trade Infrastructure Plan (CTIP) with an efficient multi-modal trade corridor system offers significant benefits in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping Canada achieve its net-zero targets by addressing critical aspects of transportation.

By investing in infrastructure improvements, optimizing logistics and addressing inefficiencies and bottlenecks in the transportation of goods (traffic congestion; delays at ports and terminals) goods can move more smoothly throughout the supply chain. Optimizing transportation routes and enhancing port capacity helps prevent unnecessary stops and starts, idling, bottlenecks and reduce terminal time, resulting in a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. By streamlining logistics and improving coordination among various transportation modes, short-haul trucks and long-distance commercial carrier vehicles will spend less time waiting and more time in motion. With streamlined operations, downtime in delivery can also be minimized, allowing trucks carrying goods to complete their journeys efficiently and further reducing unnecessary idling and emissions.

A long-term, strategic Canada Trade Infrastructure Plan that adopts an efficient multi-modal trade corridor helps Canada to make significant progress towards its net-zero targets by curbing greenhouse gas emissions within the transportation sector.




Who is advocating for CTIP? Can I add my organization’s support?2023-11-28T22:48:25+00:00

The CTIP campaign is supported by a number of organizations and associations that have come together to advocate for investment in trade infrastructure. The Canada West Foundation, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Construction Association, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Canadian Pork Council, Civil Infrastructure Council Corporation and the Western Canada Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association, among others, have collaborated to promote the importance of trade infrastructure and advocate for its development.

CTIP welcomes like-minded organizations to join and support its advocacy efforts. Please contact us via email (contact@ctip-picc.ca) if you want to join the growing number of businesses and organizations that are committed to advancing an efficient, world-class national trade network for the movement of Canadian products — from industry, local communities, provinces and territories.

What do Canadians think?2023-07-13T20:15:39+00:00

According to the June 2023 Ipsos survey, Canadians overwhelmingly recognize the importance of Canada’s trade infrastructure, with nearly all (95%) viewing Canada’s trade infrastructure, like highways, ports, railroads and airports as important to Canada’s economy, whereas only 9% of Canadians think that Canada’s trade infrastructure is in good shape.

Here are further data insights:

  • Canadians underestimate the contribution of trade to Canada’s bottom line; when asked to guess what proportion of Canada’s total economic activity (GDP) depends on international trade, on average, Canadians guessed 50.5%, underestimating the true figure (67%).
  • This gap between perceived importance and the assessed state of Canada’s trade infrastructure likely contributes to Canadians’ sense of urgency about addressing the issue, where nine in ten (93%) Canadians agree that given how important trade is to Canada, we need to prioritize making sure that our trade infrastructure can effectively move people to jobs and products to market.
  • Nine in ten (91%) think Canada’s level of investment in trade infrastructure should be proportional to that of other G7 countries; and, 92% are concerned that without a strategic and long-term plan, taxpayer dollars for trade infrastructure investments may not be spent wisely.
  • Over nine in ten (94%) of Canadians agree that Canadian governments and industry need to work together to create a long-term national plan to invest in building and maintaining trade infrastructure.
  • Canadians are also concerned about Canada’s standing in comparison to competitors:
    • 87% find it concerning that Canada has dropped from 10th in 2009 to 32nd (behind Azerbaijan) in 2019 in the World Economic Forum’s ranking of quality of transportation infrastructure;
    • 91% think staying competitive with other major trading economies like the US, the EU, the UK and Australia is very/somewhat important; and
    • 88% find it concerning that among major trading economies like the US, the EU, the UK and Australia, Canada is the only one that does not have a long-term trade infrastructure plan.
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