The Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers (CARS) is located in all parts of Canada but clusters can be found in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta. The three most frequently provided products are locomotive components, freight car components and track equipment.
CARS represents over 130 companies who are important to the operations of the railways and transit authorities.
The association has been around for many years but was established in its current form in 1991 representing companies selling products and services to railways and transits domestically and internationally.
CARS is a member driven association of companies that supply products and services to Canadian railways and export markets. Its membership includes a wide variety of large, medium and small businesses. As an advocacy group CARS promote a competitive frame work for research and development and the vitality and importance of the rail supply sector and railways in Canada.
CARS helps the membership maximize their business opportunities by opening doors in the industry and at the government level both foreign and domestic.
The association serves as a conduit to ensure that up-to-date information on contracts and procurements, timely news items and events are available that would be of benefit to both the members and the industry as a whole. It also plays a vital role in helping to influence decisions that are made in Ottawa and in the provinces that affect the rail industry.
Its members and government relations staff meet regularly with members of parliament from all parties, as well as senior policy advisors and civil servants, to inform and deliver a clear message. Government needs to take an active interest in helping Canada’s railway suppliers be more competitive.
The Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers and its Board of Directors are committed to remaining vigilant in bringing forth its message to Government and continuing to provide value to its members.
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