Canadian Transportation Agency Marks 100 Years

by Canadian Shipper

The Canadian Transportation Agency will mark 100 years of service on February 1 to Canadians in the field of transportation regulation.

“The Agency and its predecessors reflect nothing less than the evolution of Canada itself, its economic development and its changing place in the world," said Marian L. Robson, the Agency’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

The Board of Railway Commissioners was established one hundred years ago, on February 1, 1904, as the first independent regulatory body created by what was then Canada’s Dominion Government. It became the model for not only the transportation agencies that succeeded it, but for federal regulators in other fields as well.

On February 17, 2004, the Agency will launch “100 Years at the Heart of Transportation”, a chronicle of its history in the making. The centennial’s historical perspective will be distributed to major public libraries, and
college and university libraries, across Canada and available on the Agency’s Web site at

Among its centennial activities, the Agency is working with National Transportation Week (NTW) organizers to bring Canada’s transportation leaders together in Ottawa on June 3, 2004. This year’s theme is “Transportation
innovation and accessibility”. During National Transportation Week, a panel will be held to discuss “Innovative Solutions for Accessible Transportation – today and tomorrow”.

The Canadian Transportation Agency is an independent quasi-judicial tribunal that regulates various modes of transportation under Government of Canada jurisdiction, including air, marine and rail. The Agency’s mission is
to administer legislation and Government of Canada policies to help achieve an efficient and accessible transportation network within Canada.

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