Media Releases Mar 16, 2022

Statement on possible CP work stoppage


Canadian businesses are calling on the federal government to do what is best for Canada’s economy. The federal government must act to prevent a Canadian Pacific (CP) work stoppage now.

Supply chains are under serious strain both here and around the world. Many of the issues Canada can’t fix by itself, but some we can.

A work stoppage of any length will have a deep and adverse impact for all Canadians who rely on the essential rail supply chain and for the broader Canadian economy. Any disruption would further cripple Canada’s freight capacity and have a profound impact on not only rail shippers, but all shippers, including trucking and air, throughout the broader Canadian economy. It would do irrevocable damage to Canadian supply chains that would extend beyond our borders and harm our reputation as a reliable partner in international trade.

CP has stated that it is willing to immediately enter binding arbitration to resolve this matter without a work stoppage. The government must do everything in its power to get the union to agree. 

Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers
BC Chamber of Commerce
Fertilizer Canada
Beer CanadaFETCO
Brampton Board of TradeFood Producers of Canada
Business Council of CanadaFood, Health & Consumer Products of Canada
Calgary Chamber of CommerceForest Products Association of Canada
Canadian Association of Importers and ExportersGlobal Automakers of Canada
Canadian Association of Petroleum ProducersGreater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Automobile Dealers AssociationGreater Vancouver Board of Trade
Canadian Canola Growers AssociationGreater Vancouver Gateway Council
Canadian Chamber of CommerceHearth, Patio & Barbecue Association of Canada
Canadian Construction AssociationInstitute of Canadian Agencies (ICA)
Canadian Federation of Independent BusinessManitoba Chambers of Commerce
Canadian Food Exporters AssociationMining Association of Canada
Canadian International Freight Forwarders AssociationPetroleum Services Association of Canada
Canadian Manufacturers & ExportersResponsible Distribution Canada
Canadian Meat CouncilRetail Council of Canada
Canadian Propane AssociationRGA
Canadian Society of Customs BrokersSaskatchewan Chamber of Commerce
Canadian Toy AssociationSupply Chain Canada
Canola Council of Canada
Chamber of Marine Commerce
Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce
Chemistry Industry Association of CanadaToronto Region Board of Trade
Edmonton Chamber of CommerceWestern Canadian Shippers’ Coalition
Electro-Federation Canada