CPWA Ottawa Report

April 12, 2021

The next edition of the Ottawa Report is scheduled to be sent April 26, 2021.

Latest News

Transportation Association of Canada Seeks Input on Transportation Workforce Development Needs
The Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) is soliciting input on future workforce development needs in transportation through an online survey. This survey will take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete and will assist TAC in its study Developing Highly Qualified Personnel for Road Authorities – A Gap and Solutions Analysis in the Era of Connected and Automated Vehicles. You can access the survey here. The survey will close on Wednesday April 28, 2021.


The House of Commons is sitting through Friday, May 14, 2021. The Senate of Canada is adjourned until Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Committee Activities

House Environment Committee Launches Study on Freshwater in Canada
On March 26, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development launched a study on freshwater in Canada. This study will focus on the role of the Government of Canada in protecting and managing freshwater resources across the country. It will also examine potential options for streamlining the work of the federal government, given that responsibility for freshwater resources cuts across many departmental and agency lines. The Committee is accepting briefs on the study through May 7, 2021 and will consider which witnesses will be called to appear based, in part, on the briefs it receives.

Departmental Updates

Infrastructure and Rural Economic Development Ministers Announce Rural Transit Solutions Fund
On March 29, Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna and Rural Economic Development Minister Maryam Monsef announced $250 million over five years to help address the transit needs of Canadians living in rural, remote and small communities. From on-demand services, to publicly-owned, electric vehicle ride shares, and volunteer community car-pooling, Canadians outside urban centres have been finding innovative ways to get to the jobs and the goods and services they require. Developed with the goal of creating equity amongst communities across the country, this fund will be the first federal fund dedicated to rural transit.The new $250 million fund is part of the nearly $15 billion public transit investment announced last February by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.