Government of Canada helps to create jobs with investment in the Tshiuetin Rail Service in Northern Quebec



    OTTAWA, June 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird,
announced today $5.8 million in federal funding to the Tshiuetin Rail
Transportation - a passenger and freight rail company owned and operated by
three First Nations communities - for capital improvements to improve the rail
line and the passenger rail service between Sept-Iles and Schefferville.
    "The Government of Canada, under the leadership of Stephen Harper, is
committed to helping support this important service for the people of Western
Labrador, Schefferville and surrounding areas which will help sustain economic
activities such as re-supply, recreation and tourism," said Minister Baird.
"Our government's investment in this rail service is a good example of what we
are doing to create jobs and make a difference in the lives of the peoples
living in these remote communities."
    "We are very pleased to have received this money and even more pleased to
see the positive results that were, and will be, created by it," said Tommy
Vollant, the Tshiuetin board of directors President. "This money will go a
great distance into providing our Northern communities with a safe and much
more reliable mode of transportation while creating more jobs that will
stimulate our economy."
    Of the total $5.8 million funding, $2 million comes from existing capital
funding and $3.8 million comes from funding under the Economic Action Plan
made available in Budget 2009.
    The projects funded under the Economic Action Plan will include track
replacements and repairs, the construction of two sheds and a turning track,
improvements to electrical and telecommunications systems, and the acquisition
of maintenance equipment. It is expected that Tshiuetin Rail Transportation
will spend $2.3 million on these stimulus projects in 2009-2010 and $1.5
million in 2010-2011. The remaining $2 million will be used to purchase two
service vehicles and safety equipment, update the passenger cars, as well as
replace railway ties, rails and culverts in 2009.
    Federal funding comes from Transport Canada's Regional and Remote
Passenger Rail Services Class Contribution Program. The program ensures that
safe, reliable, viable and sustainable passenger rail services are provided to
certain areas of the country where these services are either the only means of
surface transportation for remote communities, or an alternative means of
transportation for rural communities. These services also support economic
activities in the lumber, mining, recreation and tourism sectors and provide
an essential lifeline for isolated communities.

    To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit
www.actionplan.gc.ca.




For further information:

For further information: Chris Day, Press Secretary, Office of Transport
Minister John Baird, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; Media Relations, Transport
Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca.
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