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.
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. Those same businesses may engage with railways in ways that require a broad range of advice and leadership.
We are known for our advice, advocacy, and conduct of a wide variety of rail-related mandates:
- competitive and strategic analysis in support and conduct of rate and service negotiations;
- advocacy in contested regulatory and court proceedings, including final offer and service level arbitrations, level of service disputes, and regulated interswitching;
- public policy advocacy and government relations;
- transfers or discontinuance of railway lines and other regulated transactions and disputes;
- structure, development, financing and construction of infrastructure projects;
- shipping and handling agreements at inland and seaborne terminal facilities;
- rail and terminal mergers and acquisitions;
- supply chain logistics and procurement;
- finance, acquisition and leasing of rail rolling stock.
McMillan Rail Shippers’ Guide.
This guide provides a high-level overview of shippers’ rights and remedies when shipping freight by rail under the Canada Transportation Act and related regulations.
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Bill C-13: The Federal Government’s Answer to Bill 96, Notably Imposes New Obligations to Use French in Workplaces for Federal Employers
Bill C-13 - French language requirements for federally regulated businesses in Canada
The Federal Government published draft legislation to implement certain provisions of the 2023 Budget.
On March 28th, the Government of Canada tabled its 2023 Budget, which foreshadows significant proposed changes to the federal transportation regulatory regime.
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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