His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada
1 Sussex Drive
It is with great pleasure that I submit for your attention, the Annual Report on the state of transportation in Canada. Please note that this marks the first comprehensive report produced in conformity with the statutory requirements spelled out in Section 52 of the 2007 Canada Transportation Act.
The report is based on the most current data and information needed to understand the challenges and opportunities facing Canada's transportation system and its stakeholders. The report provides an account of key events, current and future issues and efforts for sustaining an efficient, clean, safe and secure transportation system. It is complemented with an extensive addendum on transportation statistics and figures, as well as an addendum of maps.
In 2011, Canada's transportation system continued on its path of recovery following the economic difficulties since 2008. Activity, whether measured in terms of passengers or freight, was generally up while accident rates were down and significant efficiency gains were realized throughout the system.
Denis Lebel, P.C., M.P.