The Trudeau government is proposing reciprocal penalties between the railways and shippers, better definition of suitable service, and extended interswitching limits.
Brett Halstead, president of the Canadian Canola Growers Association, says more details need to be released but the proposals are generally what farm groups had been asking for.
Agriculture minister Lyle Stewart says the devil can be in the details but the announcement is welcome news and should improve accountability between farmers and the railways.
APAS president Norm Hall calls it a good first step in reforming grain movement regulations.
He says the federal government seems to be able to stand up to the railways and he hopes it can continue.
The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association says the proposed changes increase commercial accountability, provide recourse to farmers and shippers and address poor service and performance issues.
Federal legislation is expected early next year.