Parliamentary Business: Reports to table

Parliamentary Business

44th Parliament, 1st Session

The Minister of Transport exercises a wide range of authorities under many different statutes, resulting in a significant number of reports that are required to be tabled in Parliament.

Tabling requirements for the first 30 sitting days: 

On the first sitting day – September 18, 2023 

Government Responses to Committee Reports 

  • Government Response to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities (TRAN) Report 9 – Addressing Labour Shortages in the Canadian Transportation Sector 

  • Government Response to TRAN Report 10 – Strengthening Air Passenger Rights in Canada 

  • Government Response to TRAN Report 11 – Reducing the Impact of Commercial Shipping on Shoreline Erosion in the Great Lakes–St. Lawrence Corridor 

Within 15 Sitting Days – by October 6, 2023 

Government Responses to Committee Reports 

  • Government Response to TRAN Report 12 – Improving Bus Connectivity in Canada (to be tabled on September 26, 2023) 

Access to Information and Privacy Reports 

  • Administrator of the Fund for Railway Accidents Involving Designated Goods 

  • Administrator of the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund 

  • Canadian Air Transportation Security Authority 

  • Canadian port authorities (17 Reports: Belledune, Halifax, Hamilton-Oshawa, Montreal, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Prince Rupert, Québec, Saguenay, Saint John, St John’s, Sept-Iles, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Trois-Rivières, Vancouver Fraser and Windsor) 

  • Canadian Transportation Agency 

  • Federal Bridge Corporation Limited 

  • Atlantic Pilotage Authority 

  • Great Lakes Pilotage Authority 

  • Laurentian Pilotage Authority 

  • Marine Atlantic Inc. 

  • Pacific Pilotage Authority 

  • Seaway International Bridge 

  • VIA Rail Canada Inc. 

  • Transport Canada – Departmental Report 

Annual Reports 

  • Administrator of the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund 

  • Canadian Air Transportation Security Authority 

  • Federal Bridge Corporation Limited 

  • Fund for Railway Accidents Involving Designated Goods 

  • Marine Atlantic Inc. 

  • Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada 

Within 30 Sitting Days – by November 3, 2023 

Annual Reports 

  • Canadian Transportation Agency  

Legislation 

Transport Canada is implicated in the following three pieces of legislation: 

  • Bill C-33, the Strengthening the Port System and Railway Safety in Canada Act, which seeks to enact amendments to the Canada Marine Act, the Canada Transportation Act, the Marine Transportation Security Act, the Customs Act and the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992. The bill is currently at Second Reading in the House of Commons. 

  • Bill C-52, the Enhancing Transparency and Accountability in the Transportation System Act, which would enact the Air Transportation Accountability Act and amend the Canada Transportation Act and the Canada Marine Act. This bill is currently at Second Reading in the House of Commons.  

  • Bill S-6, An Act respecting regulatory modernization. This Act is an annual exercise by the Government of Canada to modernize the legislative framework that impacts the regulatory system. This bill is currently at Second Reading in the House of Commons.  

Committee Business 

Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities 

  • Since January 2023, TRAN has studied several topics, including: 

    • Reducing Red Tape and Costs on Rural and Urban Canadian Airports [Report 8

    • Anticipated Labour Shortages in the Canadian Transportation Sector [Report 9]  

    • Air Passenger Protection Regulations [Report 10

    • Impact of Commercial Shipping on Shoreline Erosion [Report 11]  

    • Inter-City Transport by Bus in Canada [Report 13

    • Large Port Infrastructure Expansion Projects in Canada 

    • Adapting Infrastructure to Face Climate Change 

  • In the Fall, TRAN is expected to begin its study on projects of High Frequency Rail, in addition to a study on small towing vessels. 

Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications (TRCM) 

  • Since February 2023, TRCM has focused its attention on Bill C-242, An Act to amend the Radiocommunication Act, and Bill C-18, the Online Streaming Act. However, the Committee also held meetings to consider Transport Canada measures within Bill C-47, the Budget Implementation Act, 2023, No. 1. Furthermore, the Committee held a meeting on February 15, 2023, to consider issues related to public travel during the 2022 holiday season.  

Standing Committee on Public Accounts (PACP) 

  • While the PACP generally does not focus on transportation issues, it studied the Auditor General’s report on Arctic Waters Surveillance and is expected to table its report in the Fall 2023 session. The Committee has also studied the Auditor General’s report on accessibility within the transportation sector.  

Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) 

  • Prior to the June 2023 adjournment, HUMA adopted a motion to invite the Minister of Transport, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, VIA Rail Canada, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, the Canadian Transportation Agency and Air Canada to appear before the Committee to review the Government’s work to improve accessibility for travelers with disabilities and the Auditor General’s report on the matter.