Surrey Board of Trade Sends Letter to Canada’s Minister of Labour …Calls for Continuation of CN Railway Services During Potential Labour Disruption

The Surrey Board of Trade is urging the Federal Government to mandate the continuation of Canadian National Railway (CN) services for critical commodities in the event of a labour disruption. This call to action comes in response to concerns over potential strikes involving CN and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC).

“Surrey is a rapidly growing hub of commerce and industry, heavily reliant on efficient and reliable rail services,” said Anita Huberman, President & CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade. “Any interruption in the transport of essential commodities such as grain, petroleum, and chemicals could have devastating effects on local businesses, leading to severe economic consequences and job losses.”

The Surrey Board of Trade emphasizes that maintaining railway operations, even at a minimum level during strikes, is crucial to preserving the supply chain for critical products. A disruption could not only impact the immediate business community but also have a cascading effect on the national economy. Delays in the delivery of goods, increased costs, and damage to Canada’s international reputation as a reliable trade partner are all potential risks.

“The stability of our supply chain is paramount in attracting and retaining international investments,” Huberman added. “Companies considering investment in Canada assess our ability to provide uninterrupted logistics and transportation services. Any perceived instability, such as a prolonged disruption in rail services, could deter potential investors and tarnish our reputation.”

The Surrey Board of Trade believes that proactive measures and clear policies regarding the continuity of essential rail services during labour disruptions are critical. Ensuring CN continues to operate, even at a reduced capacity, is necessary to safeguard economic interests and demonstrate Canada’s commitment to stability and reliability.

“We urge the government to take decisive action to prevent a strike, protect the supply chain, and preserve Canada’s reputation on the global stage,” Huberman concluded. “Mandating the continuation of CN’s services for critical commodities during any labour disputes is essential to support our economy and maintain our competitive edge.”



Anita Huberman, 604-634-0342,