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.
Insights (7 Posts)
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.
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.
The Canada Transportation Act contains a few shipper remedies, which are partially or wholly ineffective, but which remain unaddressed.
Modernizing the Rail Transportation System in the National Public Interest
The National Supply Chain Task Force underscores what rail shippers are facing: the Canadian transportation network is under stress.
The Government of Canada has published regulations clarifying how paid medical leave for employees will work.
The Government of Canada has lifted its mandatory vaccination requirements for employees in the air, marine and rail sectors.
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