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  1. Ottawa Update TBWG, Winnipeg Ted Mackay, Transport Canada October 28, 2009

  2. Outline • Economy • Stimulus program • WHTI and cross-border trade & traffic • Canada’s gateways • New players on Canada-US files • North American Leaders’ Summit

  3. Real GDP Annual Growth: 2007-2010(Percentage Change) • Global recession • Outlook improved since April • Deepest part of recession was first half of 2009

  4. Canadian International Trade: 2007-2009:(Volumes: billions of 2002 dollars) • Exports down 30% since January 2007 • Imports down 26% from July 2008 to late spring 2009 • Export and import volumes up in recent months

  5. Canadian Manufacturing Sales: 2007-2009(billions of dollars) • Manufacturing sales up in July in motor vehicle sector and other sectors • Inventories down sharply over past five months

  6. Stimulus Program • Infrastructure Stimulus Fund - $3.2 billion of $4-billion committed for 2900 projects • Acceleration of Existing Infrastructure Programs • Reduction of “Red Tape”- Streamlined environmental reviews, fast-track federal review and approvals, expedited negotiation of projects • Building Canada Fund: $2.5 billion in federal funding committed for 78 priority projects worth $8.5 billion • VIA Rail - constructing segments of third main line track between Toronto and Montréal • Small Craft Harbours -  250 projects in 200 harbours • Twinning Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park

  7. WHTI and Border Trade & Traffic • WHTI has not resulted in increased border wait times • 97% of travellers arriving at border with WHTI compliant documents • U.S. flexibility in implementation • However, cross-border trade and traffic dramatically lower

  8. Cross-border Trade

  9. Cross-border Traffic

  10. Cross-border Traffic

  11. Border Crossing Investments

  12. International Bridges and Tunnels Act • Adopted in February 2007 • Transport Canada engaged in risk-based policy development related to security portion of Act • Consultations with industry, site visits to gather information, and risk assessment • Future work - further consultations with stakeholders, development of policy options to enhance security at facilities

  13. Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative North America's closest major ports to Asia Atlantic Gateway Ontario-Québec Continental Gateway and Trade Corridor North America's closest ports to Europe and ships transiting the Suez Canal Canada’s Gateways

  14. Manitoba – Centreport Canada Initiative • $3.5 million announced October 8, for startup and operation of CentrePort Canada • Two new pilot projects also launched: • establish a task force to provide simplified one-stop shopping for businesses interacting with CentrePort Canada. • explain Canada's tax and duty relief advantages to businesses in Western Canada • raise awareness of policies supporting international trade, including foreign trade zone-type programs

  15. New Players on Canada - U.S. File • Canadian Ambassador-designate Gary Doer • US Ambassador David Jacobson • Deputy Minister of Transport Canada Yaprak Baltacıoğlu

  16. North American Leaders’ Summit (Guadalajara, August 10, 2009) • "We are investing in border infrastructure, including advanced technology, to create truly modern borders to facilitate trade and the smooth operation of supply chains, while protecting our security.” • “We will work together to strengthen the resilience of our critical infrastructure, which transcends borders and sustains the well-being of our communities and economies.” • Pledge to avoid protectionism and abide by international agreements. • Commitment to transparency and consulting civil society. • References to NAFTA processes on labour and environment. • Next Summit in Canada in 2010

  17. Thank you! Ted Mackay Highway and Border Policy Transport Canada ted.mackay@tc.gc.ca