February 18, 2020


MONTREAL, February 18, 2020 – VIA Rail received a notification from CN allowing a resumption of service in Southwestern Ontario. 

Beginning Thursday morning, February 20, all trains running between Toronto-London-Windsor, Toronto-Sarnia and Toronto-Niagara will resume service. For operational and safety reasons, please note that trains may encounter certain delays. 

Furthermore, between Québec City-Montréal-Ottawa, partial service will resume during weekdays and full service will be offered during weekends.


Overview of service resumptions




Starting Date

Toronto- London-Windsor


Thursday, February 20



Thursday, February 20

Toronto-Niagara Falls

Train 98 will be in service in February 20, no service for train 97.
Both trains 97 and 98 will be in service as of February 21.

Thursday, February 20: train 98
Friday, February 21: trains 97 & 98

Québec City-Montréal-Ottawa



  • Trains 22, 24, 26 and 28 leaving from Ottawa
  • Trains 33, 35, 37 and 39, leaving from Québec City


Thursday, February 20

Québec City-Montréal-Ottawa



Saturday, February 22



Since all other VIA Rail services are not operating until further notice, with the exception of Sudbury-White River (CP Rail) and Churchill-The Pas (Hudson Bay Railway), VIA Rail has cancelled all affected departures until the end of the day on Thursday, February 20, and all customers will be receiving a cancellation notice. 

Cancellations are made on a progressive basis, depending on the evolution of the situation. As soon as we confirm that a train will be cancelled, passengers on that train will be notified by email and will be automatically reimbursed. Due to the volume of transactions that we process in these exceptional circumstances, reimbursement can take a minimum of 15 days.  


Passengers holding a ticket for which the first trip’s scheduled departure has not yet passed and is no later than Monday, February 24, have the option of autonomously cancelling online for a full refund with no service charges, even if additional segments fall after February 24. Passengers may also get a refund for a return ticket scheduled after February 24, as long as the first portion of the trip was scheduled no later than that date. 

All details on the refunding procedure are available on our website: https://www.viarail.ca/en/travel-advisory-information. 


All passengers are encouraged to visit our website for more information.  

As of February 18, 532 trains have been cancelled because of the blockades. More than 103 000 passengers have been affected. 

Our passengers rely on VIA Rail for regular and safe intercity rail service and we are eager to resume operations. 

We remain hopeful for an end to the situation as soon as possible and encourage all relevant parties to continue their efforts towards a peaceful resolution. 

We thank our passengers for their continued patience and understanding. 

About VIA Rail

As Canada’s national rail passenger service, VIA Rail (viarail.ca) and all its 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 transported over 5 million passengers in 2019. The Corporation has been awarded five Safety Awards and three Environment Awards by the Railway Association of Canada since 2007. Visit the “About VIA Rail” section at https://www.viarail.ca/en/about-via-rail.