Peel Goods Movement Task Force Begins and Moves Forward
BRAMPTON, ON. (March 2, 2010) – The Region of Peel is pleased to announce the commencement of the Peel Goods Movement Task Force and the coming together of its transportation industry partners and stakeholders from the public and private sector. The task force is a crucial first step in enhancing Peel Region’s role as a major goods movement hub in Canada and ensuring that it continues to be a magnet for industry and jobs. The task force is an industry-government partnership intended to address goods movement obstacles faced by Peel’s businesses that can include congestion, infrastructure, policies and regulations to name a few. The next meeting is expected to take place in spring 2010.
The mandate of the Peel Goods Movement Task Force is:
- to develop a common vision for moving goods in Peel,
- provide stakeholders a forum to guide future improvements and information exchange,
- and develop an action plan to apply short, medium and long-term improvements.
“Peel Region is a major industrial hub and $1.5 billion of goods move through Peel by truck every day,” said Regional Chair and Task Force Chair Emil Kolb. “Peel is an integral gateway for the Greater Toronto Area. We recognize the task force’s work is important to support GTA businesses and the quality of life that residents expect. Therefore, it is important that everyone involved with goods movement in Peel come together so we can collaborate, share insight and work together so businesses can remain and flourish in Peel and jobs can be saved. The Region is prepared to do some heavy lifting and work with partners to improve the flow of goods, services and people within Peel.”
A high level of enthusiasm was expressed by task force members at the inaugural meeting last December. The meeting was used as a forum to chart the future direction of the task force to promote safe and efficient goods movement in Ontario. A future meeting will determine the specific actions the task force will undertake.
“By bringing together senior decision makers from the industry and government, the task force will be in an excellent position to identify and act on opportunities and obstacles in goods movement,” said Tom AppaRao, Transportation Planning Director for Peel. “The task force will develop an action plan in upcoming meetings, with a view to improving the efficiency, effectiveness and reliability of the goods movement network in Peel and to plan for future needs.”
The task force is envisioned as a partnership with members working together collaboratively to improve the goods movement system in Peel. Members represent private and public sector organizations involved in goods movement. Three regional councillors, Eve Adams (Mississauga), John Sprovieri (Brampton) and Allan Thompson (Caledon) have been appointed while Regional Chair Emil Kolb acts as chair until members elect a task force chair and vice-chair at a future meeting. A technical working group consisting of staff from Peel, Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon has been formed to support the task force. The task force will meet quarterly or as required.
Peel is a pivotal freight hub for southern Ontario and Canada. Peel includes Canada’s busiest international airport, rail yards, ports, and several 400-series highways. Commercial and industrial lands include significant numbers of warehouse/shipping operations and the Canadian headquarters for many businesses. Peel is an important gateway to Toronto, a major producer and consumer of goods.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.
For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit www.peelregion.ca.