Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Manitoba have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work collectively on improving transport and logistics of economic goods across the region.
Ministers for highways and transportation in all three Prairie Provinces say they will focus on four key areas
- Improve efficiency of inter-provincial highway and rail networks;
- Encourage the federal government for infrastructure funding and national supply chain solutions;
- Keep their economies competitive and grow capital investment; and,
- Harmonize regulations to support businesses, industries and shippers.
“Manitoba’s unique gateway and hub initiatives cannot develop in isolation, that is why external cooperative partnerships will leverage our initiatives for success,” says Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk. “With similar trade and transport access such as distance to markets, reliance on international ports and railway services, and similar commodity basis, Saskatchewan and Alberta are natural key partners to work with on improving trade-enablement through transportation.”
“The world needs what Saskatchewan has to offer,” says Saskatchewan Highways Minister Jeremy Cockrill. “We rely on dependable, robust, road, rail, air and port networks to ship our food, fuel and fertilizer across North America and around the globe.”
“Alberta is proud to partner with Saskatchewan and Manitoba, taking a leadership role in building new trade corridors that will help our provinces and our country,” says Alberta’s Minister of Transportation and Economic Corridors Devin Dreeshen.