Memorandum Of Understanding

CANADA-NEW BRUNSWICK-NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR-NOVA SCOTIA-PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ATLANTIC GATEWAY

THIS MOU made this ______ day of __________, 2007,

BETWEEN: THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA as represented by the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities of Canada and the Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (herein referred to as "Canada"),

AND: THE GOVERNMENT OF NEW BRUNSWICK as represented by the Minister, Ministry of Transportation of New Brunswick (herein referred to as "New Brunswick"),

AND: THE GOVERNMENT OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR as represented by the Minister of Transportation and Works and the Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs of Newfoundland and Labrador (herein referred to as "Newfoundland and Labrador"),

AND: THE GOVERNMENT OF NOVA SCOTIA as represented by the Minister of Transportation and Public Works of Nova Scotia (herein referred to as "Nova Scotia"),

AND: THE GOVERNMENT OF PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND as represented by the Minister of Transportation and Public Works of Prince Edward Island (herein referred to as "Prince Edward Island").

RECITALS:

WHEREAS the Government of Canada has recognized that strategically located gateways play a vital role in fostering Canada's competitiveness through the development of the National Policy Framework for Strategic Gateways and Trade Corridors and the establishment of a new national fund for gateways and border crossings.

AND WHEREAS Atlantic Canada is one of a limited number of regions in Canada where an integrated "gateway" approach is warranted, based on international trade and commerce volumes of national significance and transportation policy considerations.

AND WHEREAS key elements of Atlantic Canada's transportation system hold great potential as a gateway that can enable Canada to attract a larger share of trade with emerging international economies such as China and India, as well as traditional markets.

AND WHEREAS a safe and efficient multimodal transportation system is a key contributor to economic prosperity and sustainability as well as to competitiveness in international markets.

AND WHEREAS Canada, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island have a common interest in acting strategically to leverage advantages in geography, transportation and commerce.

AND WHEREAS the transportation systems supporting international commerce in Atlantic Canada need to be collectively assessed by all governments and planned for the long-term from a multimodal perspective to ensure maximum future effectiveness and sustainability.

AND WHEREAS a coordinated approach among governments can set the stage for effective engagement with private sector stakeholders, whose contribution to a coherent vision for an Atlantic Gateway is essential.

NOW THEREFORE THIS MOU WITNESSES that, in consideration of these premises, the Parties covenant and agree as follows:

1. DEFINITIONS

1.1 Gateway

A gateway can be defined as a system of transportation infrastructure of national significance for international commerce.

1.2 Gateway Strategy

A gateway strategy is an integrated package of measures that advance the capacity and efficiency of the gateway and Canada's ability to take advantage of it.

2. PURPOSE AND GENERAL AGREEMENT

2.1 The purpose of this MOU is to affirm the intention of the Parties (Canada, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island) to collaborate on the development of an Atlantic Gateway strategy within 24 months from the signing of this MOU by:

  • Confirming a shared vision and shared objectives;
  • Outlining a governance structure for developing the Atlantic Gateway;
  • Developing a joint action plan; and
  • Adopting a communications protocol.

3. VISION AND OBJECTIVES

3.1 The Parties confirm their common vision of establishing the Atlantic Gateway as a strategic, integrated and globally competitive transportation system that facilitates the movement of international commerce. The development of an Atlantic Gateway strategy will benefit the Atlantic Region and Canada, supporting economic growth, increasing international trade and enhancing Canada's competitive position in the global economy.

3.2 The Parties confirm their intent to work together for the development of the Atlantic Gateway within the broad parameters of the National Policy Framework for Strategic Gateways and Trade Corridors.

3.3 The Parties agree to collaborate, exchange information and share best practices, while developing the Atlantic Gateway.

3.4 The objectives for the development of the Atlantic Gateway are to:

  • Identify the components of the Atlantic Gateway.
  • Identify the analytical and planning work required to develop each of the components.
  • Identify the appropriate approaches and timing for involvement of the private sector and other stakeholders.
  • Promote the Atlantic Gateway in domestic and international markets.

4. GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE

4.1 The Parties affirm the establishment of the Atlantic Gateway Federal-Provincial Officials Committee (Committee) as the key federal/provincial forum for collaborating among the Parties on the development of the Atlantic Gateway (see Committee Terms of Reference as specified in Annex 1).

4.2 The primary objective of the Committee is to develop an Atlantic Gateway strategy that will benefit the Atlantic Region and Canada and to achieve consensus on advice to Parties on priorities and specific measures that should be addressed in an Atlantic Gateway strategy.

4.3 The Parties confirm the need for the Committee to collaborate with key private sector stakeholders in the development of the Atlantic Gateway.

4.4 The Committee members will report periodically to the Parties through their respective departments, ministries and intergovernmental processes on activities and achievements.

5. ACTION PLAN

5.1 The Committee will develop an action plan as per the Terms of Reference (attached as Annex 1), which will define with further precision opportunities and challenges associated with increased trade volumes, including identifying potential impacts on the transportation system of increased flows.

5.2 The Parties agree that the National Policy Framework for Strategic Gateways and Trade Corridors (National Policy Framework), developed by Transport Canada, will guide the development of the Atlantic Gateway as it does other potential national gateway and trade corridor initiatives. The action plan will be aligned with the five lenses of the National Policy Framework, those being:

- International commerce strategy: Gateway and corridor strategies must help align Canada's major transportation systems with our most important opportunities and challenges in global commerce;
- Volumes and values of national significance: Gateway and corridor strategies must have, at their core, systems of transportation infrastructure that carry nationally significant trade volumes and values;
- Future patterns in global trade and transportation: Gateway and corridor strategies must be forward-looking, addressing major trends in international transportation. Long-term planning is essential, but must be based on empirical evidence and analysis.
- Potential scope of capacity and policy measures: Gateway and corridor strategies must have systems of transportation infrastructure at their core, but also go further to address interconnected issues that directly impact how well the system works and how well Canada takes advantage of it; and
- Federal role and effective partnerships: Gateway and corridor strategies must ground federal actions in both concrete responsibilities and real partnerships with other governments and the private sector.

6. COST

6.1 This MOU will not impose any financial responsibilities on the Parties.

7. COMMUNICATIONS PROTOCOL

7.1 The Parties agree to jointly develop a communication package outlining a set of key messages to be used for communication and media activities on the Atlantic Gateway. Such communication activities shall recognize the contribution of all Parties and be consistent, effective and transparent. Unless otherwise agreed, all Parties agree to make reasonable efforts to provide other parties with advanced notice for any new message to be included in the communication package.

7.2 Official public announcements will be held at appropriate milestones agreed to by all Parties. All Parties agree to make their best effort to give advance notice for such events unless the Parties agree otherwise. The Parties will cooperate in organizing media conferences, announcements and official ceremonies.

7.3 Joint communication materials must respect each party's communication policies, including federal Official Languages requirements, the Federal Identity Program andthe Official Languages Act (New Brunswick).

8. DISCLOSURE AND EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION

8.1 Notwithstanding any provisions of this MOU, the information to be shared or exchanged between the Parties under this MOU shall not include personal information within the meaning of the Privacy Act (Canada­) or the Protection of Personal Information Act (New Brunswick), or the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Newfoundland and Labrador), or the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Prince Edward Island).

8.2 Notwithstanding any provisions of this MOU, the information to be shared or exchanged between the Parties under this MOU shall not include information which disclosure is restricted by any Act of Parliament or the Provincial Legislature, including the Access to Information Act (Canada), theCanada Transportation Act, the Right to Information Act (New Brunswick) the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Newfoundland and Labrador), and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Prince Edward Island), unless the information is shared, exchanged or disclosed in accordance with the provisions of the Act that restricts its disclosure.

9. CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION

9.1 No Parties shall disclose any confidential information obtained from the other Parties, without the written consent of the others, to any third parties, except as required by law, regulatory authorities, governmental practiceor as required by its disclosure policy.

IN WITNESS THEREOF this MOU has been executed on behalf of Canada by the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities of Canada and the Minister of Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, on behalf of New Brunswick by the Minister of Transportation, on behalf of Newfoundland and Labrador by the Minister of Transportation and Works and the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, on behalf of Nova Scotia by the Minister of Transportation and Public Works, and on behalf of Prince Edward Island by the Minister of Transportation and Public Works.

This MOU, which reflects the current understanding and intentions of the Parties, takes effect on October14, 2007.

In the Presence of:

THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA

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Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities of Canada
 

 

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Minister of Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
 

 

THE GOVERNMENT OF NEW BRUNSWICK

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Minister of Transportation
 

 

THE GOVERNMENT OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

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Minister of Transportation and Works
 

 

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Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs
 

 

THE GOVERNMENT OF NOVA SCOTIA

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Minister of Transportation and Public Works
 

 

THE GOVERNMENT OF PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

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Minister of Transportation and Public Works
 

 

ANNEX 1

ATLANTIC GATEWAY FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL OFFICIALS COMMITTEE

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Context:

On September 12, 2006, Hon. Angus MacIsaac, on behalf of the four Atlantic Ministers of Transportation, invited officials from Transport Canada as well as the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency to participate on a regional working committee to develop an Atlantic Gateway Strategy.

On December 6, 2006, the Council of Atlantic Premiers directed, through the Atlantic Ministers of Transportation, the development of a joint approach, to a broadly based Atlantic Gateway Strategy for the region.

On November 27, 2006, the Hon. Peter MacKay responded to the Atlantic Ministers advising that ACOA would collaborate on the development of an Atlantic gateway strategy.

On December 15, 2006, the Hon. Lawrence Cannon responded to the Atlantic Ministers advising that Transport Canada would collaborate on the development of an Atlantic gateway strategy.

DEFINITION:

A gateway can be defined as a system of transportation infrastructure of national significance for international commerce.

A gateway strategy is an integrated package of measures that advance the capacity and efficiency of the gateway and Canada's ability to take advantage of it.

Mandate:

The Atlantic Gateway Federal-Provincial Officials Committee (Committee) will be the primary forum for collaboration between federal and provincial governments on the Atlantic Gateway. This will not preclude the engagement of other federal or provincial government departments or the private sector as appropriate.

Federal engagement will be based on the National Policy Framework for Strategic Gateways and Trade Corridors, its five policy lenses and its focus on transportation systems of national significance to international commerce.

The mandate of this Committee will be:

  • To develop an Atlantic Gateway Strategy that will benefit the Atlantic region and Canada;
  • To guide the long term planning work and analysis required to support future potential gateway initiatives. This work will be coordinated, where appropriate, with other national gateway and corridor initiatives.

Tasks:

  • Identify the multi-modal transportation system of significance for international commerce at the heart of the Atlantic Gateway;
  • Identify actions in potential areas of public policy and private sector activity with direct impact on the effectiveness and/or exploitation of the Atlantic Gateway. (e.g. in areas of skills, marketing, energy, R&D, security, etc.);
  • Identify appropriate approaches and timing for involvement of the private sector and other stakeholders;
  • Support and participate in the development of an Atlantic Gateway Business Case.
  • Develop a work plan that will facilitate the above actions and assist in implementation as appropriate.

MEMBERSHIP:

The Atlantic Gateway Federal-Provincial Officials Committee consists of 10 members and is co-chaired by the New Brunswick Department of Transportation and ACOA.

  • Membership, in addition to the two co-chairs includes:
 
One representative from the Province of New Brunswick
One representative from the Province of Nova Scotia
One representative from the Province of Prince Edward Island
One representative from the Province of Newfoundland & Labrador
Two representatives from Transport Canada
Two representatives from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
 

Member organizations will provide liaison, and solicit input from other federal and provincial ministries and from other public or private sector stakeholders, as required.

Alternate representatives may be identified to attend meetings on behalf of the member. Additional representatives may be invited to attend certain meetings as deemed appropriate by members.

Meetings:

The Committee will meet monthly through either in-person meetings or via teleconference.

Timing:

The Committee will collaborate on the development of an Atlantic Gateway strategy to be completed no later than 24 months from the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Canada and New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Earlier actions on agreed components of the Atlantic Gateway will be targeted and implemented.

Reporting:

The objective of the Committee is to achieve consensus on advice to participating governments on priorities and specific measures that should be addressed in an Atlantic gateway strategy. Federal and provincial members will report periodically through their respective departments, ministries and intergovernmental processes on activities and achievements.



Canada's Atlantic Gateway