Government of Canada invests in infrastructure improvements at VIA Rail's Toronto Maintenance Centre

News Release

November 9, 2016 – Toronto, Ontario – Transport Canada

James Maloney, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke-Lakeshore, on behalf of the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today highlighted an investment for improvements at VIA Rail’s Maintenance Centre in Toronto.

The Government of Canada recognizes the importance for Canadian travellers to access a national rail transportation service that is safe, secure, efficient, reliable, and environmentally sustainable, and that meets their needs.

Projects include upgrades to various mechanical and electrical systems, HVAC, roof repairs, water treatment systems, yard track and other measures to ensure continued compliance to regulations and provide for efficient operations at VIA Rail’s maintenance centre in Toronto.

These projects are being partially funded through a $34.4 million investment that was allocated to several improvement projects as part of the federal infrastructure initiative announced in Budget 2016.

This investment will contribute to creating healthy communities by ensuring a safe travel service for people to see their family and friends, and promoting long-term prosperity for middle-class Canadians.

Quotes

“Investing in VIA Rail’s Toronto Maintenance Centre will continue to ensure the seamless and safe movement of passengers beyond Toronto’s borders by improving the transportation network at one of Canada’s busiest transportation hubs.”
James Maloney
Member of Parliament for Etobicoke-Lakeshore

"This investment allows VIA Rail's rail corridor infrastructure to remain safe and secure while at the same time improving the passenger experience by making it more accessible and efficient for Canadians."
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

"Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada provides an accessible and affordable alternative to cars, and contributes to the creation of a more sustainable transportation system. The funds announced today support our objective of making VIA Rail the preferred choice of Canadians for inter-city travel. These enhancements help set the stage for 2017, when we will be continuing our efforts to grow our revenues, passenger base and our presence in the minds of Canadians. We would like to thank the Government of Canada for their continued support in helping VIA Rail to be a smarter way to move people."
Yves Desjardins-Siciliano,
President and Chief Executive Officer, VIA Rail Canada

Quick Fact

  • The Government of Canada provided more than $395 million in annual funding in 2015-2016 to support VIA Rail's operating and capital needs, with another $444.9 million earmarked for 2016-2017, including this $34.4 million.

Contacts

Delphine Denis
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Transport
613-991-0700

Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055
media@tc.gc.ca

MP James Maloney’s constituency office
416-251-5510

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