Transport Canada and provincial and territorial governments have undertaken a full cost investigation (FCI) of transportation in Canada which "includes the comprehensive financial and social costs associated with infrastructures, services, vehicles, and with the movement of people and goods. Social costs refer to the costs of accidents, noise, congestion delays and environmental damages."
The FCI is intended to deliver defensible estimates of costs that would allow a better understanding of the relative full costs of the different modes of transport.
The report, published in July 2008 but based on data from 2000, estimated the full costs of transportation ranged between C$198 billion and C$233 billion. Of that figure social costs associated with the impacts of transportation activities in 2000 were estimated to be in the a range between C$24.4 billion and C$39.5 billion.
The full cost of trucking was estimated at C$53.84 billion of which C$4.01 billion or 7% is attributable to social costs.
David Bradley, CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, is not impressed. He is quoted in a CTA release as stating that, "Beyond an interesting intellectual exercise, the report is not of much use and certainly cannot be relied upon for policy purposes." Furthemore he decries Transport Canada's admission that "in order to complete this project by the deadline, the issue of absolute and relative benefits and advantages of transportation has been excluded from the scope of the project." Bradley elaborates that this omission "doesn't help the sector in its attempts to ensure that policy-makers and legislators view the industry as more than a necessary evil or stop taking it for granted."Canada Trucking 2008
Snapdata's Snapshots Canada Trucking 2008 provides 2007 year-end market size data, with 2008 estimates, 5 years of historical data and five-year forecasts. The Snapshots report gives an instant overview of the Canadian trucking market and covers general freight, dry bulk, liquid bulk, forest products, movers and other specialised freight. Market value is based on revenues. Market volume is based on the number of vehicles in circulation. The data is supplied in both graphical and tabular format for ease of interpretation and analysis. The Snapshots Canada Trucking 2008 forms part of Snapdata's Transport industry coverage.