Hong Kong – Transport Department adopts Address Data Function of “iAM Smart” to facilitate submission of proof of address

Transport Department adopts Address Data Function of “iAM Smart” to facilitate submission of proof of address

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     The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) announced today (October 31) that the Transport Department has adopted the Address Data Function of “iAM Smart”. From now on, in lieu of uploading address proof, electronic bills of public utilities can be used as proof of address during online application for renewal of vehicle licence or full driving licence through “iAM Smart”, making the process convenient and swift.



     With the Address Data Function, users can save the address on their electronic billing through the “e-ME” auto form filling function. They can simply submit the information saved in “e-ME” as the proof of address when applying for renewal of vehicle licence and full driving licence online, saving the need to upload documents as the proof of address. For more details, please visit the “iAM Smart” website (www.iamsmart.gov.hk/en/about.html?p=em) or refer to the video (www.iamsmart.gov.hk/v.html?v=30).



     More than 1.6 million users have registered for the “iAM Smart” one-stop personalised digital service platform and over 220 commonly used government, public and private online services are now accessible through the platform. Apart from using the Address Data Function in the above-mentioned licence renewal services, members of the public can also use this function in the Change of Address service to notify multiple government departments in one go electronically. The OGCIO will continue to actively promote the use of “iAM Smart”, with an aim to encouraging more government, public and private online services to make use of the Address Data Function and bring convenience to members of the public for providing proof of address electronically. For information on registration and the services accessible through “iAM Smart”, please visit the “iAM Smart” website (www.iamsmart.gov.hk).

Hong Kong – Public transport services in Queen’s Hill

Public transport services in Queen’s Hill

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     The Transport Department (TD) today (September 2) said that the TD has been very concerned about the transportation needs of the Queen’s Hill residents, and has been keeping close contact with public transport operators on coordinating service arrangements.



     To accommodate the transportation needs between Queen’s Hill and other areas in the district, the TD has coordinated with KMB and green minibus (GMB) operator to deploy additional resources to strengthen the services of KMB Route 78A to/from Fanling and the services of NT GMB Route 503K to/from Sheung Shui. The public transport operators have also arranged staff stationed at stops in Queen’s Hill during peak hours to manage passengers queueing and adjust vehicle deployment when necessary.



     Regarding the first school day on September 1, the TD deployed staff on site to monitor the situation. More passengers were observed during the busiest period in the morning peak hours (around 7am – 8am), nevertheless, passengers of KMB Route 78A were able to board within five minutes on average, and passengers of GMB were also able to board within 10 minutes in general. However, the journeys of some GMB trips were affected by busy traffic and illegal parking along Lung Sum Avenue, Lung Ma Road and Ma Sik Road, therefore some GMBs were not able to return to the Queen’s Hill GMB terminus as scheduled, and passengers had longer waiting time between 7.30am and 8am.



     To smoothen the public transport services in Queen’s Hill, the TD reviewed the service arrangements with KMB and GMB operator yesterday and implemented improvement measures today, which included deployment of mobile Octopus processor and arranging two buses to pick up passengers simultaneously by KMB at Queen’s Hill bus terminus, so as to shorten the passengers boarding time. In addition, the Police has stepped up enforcement against illegal parking in the region, which alleviated the impact on GMB journeys to facilitate more regular services. The TD deployed staff to monitor the transport services in Queen’s Hill today, and observed that the queueing and boarding for bus services were in order and the operation of GMB was also normal. Passengers were able to board GMB within 10 minutes overall.



     To further enhance the public transport services in Queen’s Hill, the TD has coordinated with KMB to operate two special departures to serve schools in Fanling (South) and Sheung Shui (South) during the morning peak hours to cater for the students’ transportation demand with effect from next Monday (September 5).



     The TD will continue to closely monitor the public transport demands in Queen’s Hill to review and improve the public transport services to cater for the commuting needs of residents as and when necessary.

Canada – Transport Minister announces the reappointment of Hazel McCallion to the Greater Toronto Airports Authority’s Board of Directors

The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced today the reappointment of Ms. Hazel McCallion as the Director, federal representative, on the Board of Directors of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority for a period of three years. She was first appointed on August 31, 2017.

April 6, 2022             Ottawa              Transport Canada

The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced today the reappointment of Ms. Hazel McCallion as the Director, federal representative, on the Board of Directors of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority for a period of three years. She was first appointed on August 31, 2017.  

Ms. McCallion was one of the longest serving Mayors in Canada, having served as Mayor of the City of Mississauga for 36 years. Ms. McCallion was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2005 and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto in 2010. She is also a special adviser to the University of Toronto Mississauga since 2015.

Ms. McCallion possesses vast experience, is an active member in her community, and brings a wide array of knowledge and expertise to her position.

“I am pleased that Ms. McCallion has accepted to continue to serve the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. She has dedicated more than 40 years of service to her community and continues to play an important role in overseeing and guiding Canada’s largest airport. I wish her every success as she continues to serve the transportation sector.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra


Minister of Transport

Laurel Lennox

Press Secretary

Office of the Honourable Omar Alghabra

Minister of Transport, Ottawa

Laurel.Lennox@tc.gc.ca

Canada – Minister of Transport announces co-chairs of the National Supply Chain Task Force

Global supply chains continue to be disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, growing impacts of climate change, and recent sanctions against Russia. Ensuring that Canadian supply chains are resilient and fluid is a priority.

March 25, 2022    Ottawa    Transport Canada

Global supply chains continue to be disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, growing impacts of climate change, and recent sanctions against Russia. Ensuring that Canadian supply chains are resilient and fluid is a priority.

During the National Supply Chain Summit in January 2022, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced that a Supply Chain Task Force would be created. Today, Minister Alghabra is announcing that Jean Gattuso and Louise Yako have agreed to co-chair the National Supply Chain Task Force. The Task Force will consult broadly with industry, associations and experts   to examine the key pressures and make recommendations regarding short and long-term actions to strengthen the efficiency, fluidity and resiliency of transportation infrastructure and reliability of Canada’s supply chain.

Jean Gattuso began his career at Lassonde Industries Inc. as Director of Marketing for the A. Lassonde Inc. subsidiary in 1987, and quickly rose through the ranks of the organization, serving in numerous senior executive positions. He was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of Lassonde Industries Inc. in 2009, then president in 2012. He also co-founded the Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Québec (CTAQ). Mr. Gattuso is a current member of the Board of Directors of Investissement Québec and Groupe Colabor Inc., to name a few. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Food, Health and Consumer Products Canada, among several former board memberships. He has a Master of Business Administration from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.

Louise Yako is the former President and CEO of the B.C. Trucking Association, a non-profit advocacy organization representing about 1,200 companies in British Columbia. Ms. Yako has extensive leadership experience in public policy, association management, human resources development, and safety programs. Ms. Yako is currently serving as Chair of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Active Vessel Traffic Management Advisory Panel. She has a Master of Business Administration from University of British Columbia and a combined Bachelor of Journalism with Political Science from Carleton University.

Mr. Gattuso and Ms. Yako are active members in their communities and bring a wide array of knowledge and expertise to their positions. Additional members of the Task Force will be announced shortly.

“An efficient and reliable transportation network is key to Canada’s economic growth. Further to the dialogue that has already started, an important next step to further advance our work is the appointment of Mr. Gattuso and Ms. Yako as co-chairs of the Task Force, as they will continue the discussion with industry experts to find solutions to ensure our supply chain remains efficient. I am very pleased that they agreed to lead this expert advisory panel. Their experience in commerce and transportation will be great assets.”

The Honourable Omar Alghabra

Minister of Transport

During the National Supply Chain Summit in January 2022, it was announced that a Supply Chain Task Force would be created.

The Summit was followed by a series of regional and industry sessions to continue the dialogue. More regional roundtables are expected.

To increase the fluidity of Canada’s supply chain, on December 9, 2021, the Government of Canada launched a call for proposals under the National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF). The NTCF funds projects that improve the flow of goods and people in Canada as well as increase the flow of trade in and out of Canada.

Canadian manufacturers are particularly vulnerable to disruptions of global supply chains, as they rely on foreign suppliers for importing crucial inputs and on foreign markets for selling their products.

Marine ports are important supply chain hubs in Canada, handling a diversified range of cargo and connecting coast lines to inland markets where goods are shipped by railways and trucks.

The Port of Vancouver is the largest in Canada and handles $1 of every $3 of Canada’s trade in goods outside of North America.

Canada also supports the integrated nature of the global supply chains and food security systems.

Laurel Lennox

Press Secretary

Office of the Honourable Omar Alghabra

Minister of Transport, Ottawa

Laurel.Lennox@tc.gc.ca

Canada – Minister of Transport issues statement on the Canadian National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims

The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, issued this statement on the Canadian National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims

November 17, 2021    Ottawa    Transport Canada

The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, issued this statement on the Canadian National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims:

“Today is the Canadian National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims. A day to think about what we must all do to make Canada’s highways and roads safer.

“In Canada, there are approximately 1,900 road fatalities and 150,000 injuries each year. These statistics represent lives that were cut short, or significantly changed by a road accident. They also tell a tragic story of the impact collisions have on victims and families. On this Canadian National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims, I encourage all Canadians to take time to remember victims of road collisions and their families and to remember that each of us has a responsibility for safety on the road.

“Over the past two decades, road fatalities have declined 41 per cent and serious injuries 39 per cent, despite significant increases in the number of drivers and registered vehicles. While Canadians should be encouraged that these rates are going down, any fatality or injury is unacceptable, and we must do more to reduce these numbers even further.

 “As Minister of Transport, road safety remains one of my top priorities and I am constantly looking at ways to improve it. Canada’s Road Safety Strategy 2025 has been endorsed by myself and all provincial and territorial Ministers of Transportation and continues to guide safety initiatives.

“Canada is also supportive of the Decade of Action for Road Safety, developed by the World Health Organization and the United Nations regional commissions, which calls for a 50 per cent reduction in deaths and injuries by 2030. That is why in 2020, the Government of Canada made multi-million dollar investments in the Enhanced Road Safety Transfer Payment Program, which aims to reduce road-related collisions, injuries and fatalities, while encouraging harmonization with provincial and territorial road safety initiatives. We also continue to make significant investments in connected and automated vehicles and their associated technologies, with a view to reducing collisions and fatalities even more in the years to come.

“Together, let’s make Canada’s roads and highways safer than ever.”

Allison St-Jean

Senior Communications Advisor and Press Secretary

Office of the Honourable Omar Alghabra

Minister of Transport, Ottawa

(613) 290-8656

Allison.St-Jean@tc.gc.ca