Railway, wildflowers and mountains.
Railway, wildflowers and mountains.
Railway, wildflowers and mountains.

RAIL

Businesses that ship by rail face unique challenges in an environment that often lacks competitive alternatives and requires significant commercial, economic and legal support to succeed. McMillan’s rail transportation group has been described by Chambers Canada as “likely the most experienced and knowledgeable in the country.” Our specialized, expert counsel is frequently sought out by other law firms, shippers, shortline railways, rail equipment manufacturers and lessors, governments and carriers in Canada and the United States.

We are known for our:

  • advice on commercial matters, including rail freight rates and service terms, as well as competitive and strategic analysis to support successful negotiations;
  • advocacy in contested regulatory and court proceedings, including final offer arbitrations regarding freight rates and conditions of service, other disputes over levels of service, and regulated interswitching;
  • public policy advocacy;
  • advice and representation in relation to the transfer or discontinuance of railway lines and other regulated matters.

Primary Contacts

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Ryan Gallagher

Partner, Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment | Transportation

François Tougas

Partner, Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment | Transportation

News

Insights (7 Posts)

Featured Insight

Transport Canada Finalizes Amendments To The Transportation Information Regulations

The Amendments become effective in April 2023 and will increase the availability of basic rail freight service and performance data, primarily by CN and CP.

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Jan 16, 2023
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On the Right Track: Canadian Government’s Key Changes to Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations

The Canadian government has announced key changes to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations to streamline cross-border trade of dangerous goods.

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Jan 10, 2023
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A Call to Address Canada’s Transportation Supply Chain Crisis: Final Report – Part III

The Canada Transportation Act contains a few shipper remedies, which are partially or wholly ineffective, but which remain unaddressed.

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Nov 16, 2022
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A Call to Address Canada’s Transportation Supply Chain Crisis: Final Report – Part II

Modernizing the Rail Transportation System in the National Public Interest

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Oct 25, 2022
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A Call to Address Canada’s Transportation Supply Chain Crisis: Final Report

The National Supply Chain Task Force underscores what rail shippers are facing: the Canadian transportation network is under stress.

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Oct 18, 2022
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Government of Canada Clarified Intended Medical Leave with Pay for Federally Regulated Employees

The Government of Canada has published regulations clarifying how paid medical leave for employees will work.

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Aug 2, 2022
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The Federal Government Suspends its Mandatory Vaccination Requirements

The Government of Canada has lifted its mandatory vaccination requirements for employees in the air, marine and rail sectors.

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Jun 21, 2022