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VIA Rail invests over $80M in its Heritage Stations

by CM staff   

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All renovations to the station and train shed are being done within the guidelines of Parks Canada.

WINNIPEG — President and Chief Executive Officer, Mario Péloquin, and Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Françoise Bertrand, were at Winnipeg Union Station, one of VIA Rail Canada’s (VIA Rail) Heritage Stations, to announce investments designed to protect these buildings.

Between 2020 and 2025, VIA Rail will have invested over $80 million for the renovation of four of its Heritage stations: Winnipeg Union Station, Vancouver Pacific Station, Halifax Station, and Gare du Palais in Québec City.

“These iconic stations embody the history of railroading, and by extension the creation of Canada, which we have a responsibility to protect,” said Péloquin. “With this announcement we are ensuring that VIA can continue to maintain these landmark buildings and that we improve the customer experience by making these stations more accessible and sustainable for future generations to enjoy.”

VIA Rail has invested over $25M in the renovation of Winnipeg Union Station, a cornerstone of our Western operations. These improvements will allow VIA Rail to continue offering transportation that safe, comfortable, accessible, and sustainable.

“Our Winnipeg Union Station is a crucial point of our Western operations,” said Bertrand. “It plays an important role in our ability to deliver our mandate as it is part of the lifeline service to communities in Northern Manitoba and gives access to the iconic Canadian that travels between Vancouver and Toronto.”

All renovations to the station and train shed are being done within the guidelines of Parks Canada to respect the Heritage characteristics of the 1911 building. The Winnipeg Station also achieved LEED gold certification in 2022, making it the second station in our network to have received this Canada Green Building Council credential.


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