Media Advisory - After 50 years Ottawa station begins major renovation project

OTTAWA, Sept. 28, 2016 /CNW/ - The Member of Parliament David McGuinty will join Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and Chief Executive Officer of VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) to celebrate 50 years of the Ottawa train station and announce an important renovation project on Thursday, September 29, at 10:00 a.m.



David McGuinty, Member of Parliament for Ottawa South
Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and Chief Executive Officer of VIA Rail Canada


Thursday, September 29, 2016


10:00 a.m.


VIA Rail's Ottawa train station
200, Tremblay Road, Ottawa

There will be a photo opportunity and meeting with the media after the press conference.


50 years of history
The VIA Rail train station in Ottawa was inaugurated on August 1, 1966. In 1967, the genius of John B. Parkin and Associates was recognized when this architecture firm was named a recipient of the Governor General's Massey Medal. The Ottawa VIA Rail station was designated a heritage building in 1996 – 30 years after it was opened. In 2000, it was named one of the top 500 buildings produced in Canada during the last millennium and, in 2007, was presented the Ontario Association of Architects' Landmark Award. Currently, the station serves more than 800,00 thousand passengers every year, and the train represents a smarter choice for the many tourists, families and businesspeople travelling to and from Quebec City.

About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail ( and its 2,600 employees are mandated to provide safe, efficient and economical passenger transportation service, in both official languages of our country. VIA Rail operates intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking over 400 communities across Canada and about 180 more communities through intermodal partnerships, and safely transports nearly four million passengers annually. The Corporation was awarded seven Safety Awards by the Railway Association of Canada over the last eight years. For more information, visitAbout VIA Rail at

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SOURCE VIA Rail Canada Inc.

For further information: Mariam Diaby, Senior Advisor, Media Relations, VIA Rail Canada, 514 871-6010, 1 877 393-8787,,


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