Vaccinations are our best line of defense against COVID-19 and its variants.

On August 13, 2021, the Government of Canada announced its intent to require COVID-19 vaccination for employees in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine transportation sectors and its travellers.

Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that, as of October 30, …


 

Global Affairs Canada has opened the application period for the 2022 calendar year TRQs, starting on October 1, 2021 and with a deadline of November 15, 2021.

While there are no changes to existing ministerial allocation policies, many of the application forms have been modified allowing applicants to apply for two (or more) TRQs on the same application form.…


 

Today, Canada’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Mary Jane Ireland, announced that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Vietnam Food Administration have agreed to an African swine fever (ASF) zoning arrangement to allow for the safe trade of swine products from disease-free zones in Canada in the event of an ASF outbreak.

ASF is a viral disease that …


 

Statistics Canada reports that Canadian railways carried 28.3 million tonnes of freight in July, down 4.0% from July 2020 levels. This marked the first notable year-over-year decline in rail volumes in eight months, when the industry emerged from the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic last fall.

The Federal Agency notes that fewer shipments of grains and other commodities …


 

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is now predicting global merchandise trade volume growth of 10.8% in 2021-up from 8.0% forecasted in March-followed by a 4.7% rise in 2022.

The organization says growth should moderate as merchandise trade approaches its pre-pandemic long-run trend. Supply-side issues such as semiconductor scarcity and port backlogs may strain supply chains and weigh on trade …


 

The International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) August 2021 data for global air cargo markets shows that demand continued its strong growth trend but pressure on capacity is rising.

As comparisons between 2021 and 2020 monthly results are distorted by the extraordinary impact of COVID-19, unless otherwise noted, all comparisons below are to August 2019 which followed a normal demand …


 

Statistics Canada announced that the country’s merchandise exports increased 0.8% in August, while imports decreased 1.4%. As a result, Canada’s merchandise trade balance with the world remained in a surplus position, widening from $736 million in July to $1.9 billion in August.

The federal agency reports that total exports increased to $54.4 billion, a third consecutive monthly gain. Exports …