Feds commit to rail line to Churchill, MB running by end of November
In September, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $117 million to support the acquisition and repair of Churchill rail line.
In 2017, spring flooding damaged the Hudson Bay Rail Line, Churchill, Manitoba’s only land link to the rest of Canada. Since then, Churchill has only been accessible via air and sea. Prices on everything from fuel to groceries skyrocketed. Tourism declined. Local families, students, and business owners were left stranded.
In September, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $117 million to support the acquisition and repair of Churchill rail line by the Arctic Gateway Group, and earlier this month the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that by the end of November, the rail line will resume its operations, servicing both passengers and freight.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, accompanied by Minister Jim Carr, attends a community event in Churchill, Manitoba. pic.twitter.com/q9djakoJY6
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The Government also announced more than $3.8 million toward 40 projects that will increase tourism, provide skills training, help offset the freight costs stemming from the rail line closure, and open the door for more investments in the community and more opportunities for residents.
“We have committed millions of dollars over the next decade to ensure the ongoing operations of the line, and made significant investments to increase tourism, support skills training, and empower local businesses, which will bring long-term benefits to the people of Churchill and northern Manitoba,” said Trudeau in a release.