Canada is establishing a National Supply Chain Office to help respond to future supply chain disruptions like those that emerged during Covid-19.
The announcement comes just days after the U.S. launched a new Office of Multimodal Freight Infrastructure and Policy to oversee its freight network and supply chains.
The office was one of the recommendations in a National Supply Chain Task Force report issued in October 2022.
The office will be partly responsible for developing and implementing a National Supply Chain Strategy, helping the government respond to significant supply chain disruptions such as those relating to extreme weather and labor disputes, and help share data to guide policies and decisions.
The National Supply Chain Task Force presented 21 actions to unclog Canada’s supply chain, focusing on priorities such as easing port congestion, addressing labor shortages, protecting border crossings and trade corridors from disruptions, and developing a national supply chain strategy.