This questionnaire aims at collecting inputs with respect to the regulatory barriers applicable to the transportation activities and their impacts on Canadian supply chains competitiveness, innovation and resilience.

The word “regulations” is used in its broadest sense. It refers to the rules and requirements that are imposed to businesses (e.g. formal rules, such as statutes and subordinate legislation; less formal instruments, such as standards, guidelines, codes, and education and information campaigns).
 
The term “supply chain” refers to the network of activities and steps it takes to get the product from its original state (raw materials) to its final destination (the consumer).

The focus is on the rules, forms and enforcement & inspection processes that:

- Are applicable to “transportation activities” (e.g. loading, travelling, unloading; regulations applicable to the vehicle, the drivers, the cargo, the transit operations between modes of transportation);

- Are imposed by federal and provincial/ territorial regulatory agencies; and:  

- Impact your competitiveness and your ability to deploy innovations that improve your transportation chain fluidity; and/or

- Impact your ability to respond to supply chain disruptions due to pandemic outbreaks such as COVID-19.

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* 1. Please provide contact details for a resource person in your company. The information will not be disclosed and are only needed for the purpose of contacting the questionnaire respondent in the event of further clarifications if required.

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* 2. Industry Sector

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* 3. How big is your company?

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* 4. Are there any overlapping mandates, redundancies or inconsistencies between the rules the federal government asks you to follow and what the provincial/territorial ask you to follow? If YES, as much as possible, please provide information on the rules in question (e.g. its name, a link to a web page or other helpful information) and explain “the issues”.

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* 5. Do you consider the rules imposed to your transportation activities easy to access and to understand? (e.g., access to regulatory information and documents, clarity of the requirements, clarity of the inspection and enforcement process). If NO, please provide details/examples.

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* 6. Does your organization hire someone to oversee the implementation of these rules and/or to liaise with government agencies regarding these rules? (e.g. an employee who specifically deals with the application of the rules; a consultant)

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* 7. Do you estimate your total compliance costs? (Compliance costs refer to the time and money spent searching for rules and documents that are applicable to you and following these rules in activities such as filling out the forms and/or preparing and complying with inspections among others)

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* 8. On a scale of 0 to 5, how much “stress or hassle” are caused by the government rules you need to follow (e.g. regulations, forms, guidelines, enforcement, inspections, interactions with regulators) and what are the “main causes”?

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* 9. Do you consider that “the rules and the enforcement & inspection process” imposed to the transportation activities are beneficial to your business (e.g. improve safety, security, health and environmental protection standards)?

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* 10. Has your enterprise invested and/or plan to invest in innovations (new technologies, services, products and/ or processes) that would improve your transportation operations? (e.g. New power sources for the transportation vehicle like Natural Gas, Hydrogen vehicles or Electric vehicles) 

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* 11. Has your enterprise invested in and/or plan to invest in innovations that would help in complying with government rules like regulations and guidelines?

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* 12. Do current rules prevent/discourage you from investing in innovations that would improve your transportation operations?

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* 14. Which government rules have hindered the flexibility of the transportation operations to react quickly and effectively to the disruptions caused by COVID? Please provide details.

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* 15. What remedies do you see in the future to avoid or mitigate disruptions’ impacts on your transportation operations? (Select all the options that apply)

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* 16. Does your company have an “internal risk management program/ plan”? (i.e. a program that addresses supply chain risks and/ or its degree of vulnerability to disruptive events)

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* 17. In your view, what are the THREE main “external factors” that may disrupt Canadian supply chains and transportation network? (please select only the 3 most important)

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* 18. In your view, what are the THREE main “network vulnerabilities” that may disrupt Canadian supply chains and transportation network? (please select only the 3 most important)

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* 19. In your view, how resilient is the Canadian transportation system during a pandemic outbreak? (e.g. latency times; ability to adjust to disruptions; ability to respond to the demand changes; transportation capacity; ability to transfer from one mode to another; availability of skilled and adaptable workforce)

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* 20. Are there any other issue or potential solution that you would like to share with us in order to improve the regulatory environment in the transportation sector?

For instance: any governmental regulatory measure (rule and/or enforcement and inspection) that can be reviewed to improve the resilience of the transportation system

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