The Hudson Bay Railway has been closed since May 2017 when severe flooding damaged the track and cut off rail access to several northern Manitoba communities. | OmniTrax photo

AGT vows to bring business to Churchill

AGT chief executive officer Murad Al-Katib was blunt when he spoke before a crowd of about 100 people in Churchill, Man., Sept. 4. “We’ll tell you all the good stuff, we’ll tell you all the bad stuff. And that way you know you can trust us. That’s the key,” Al-Katib told those in attendance, according […] Read more

The Canadian government says it's prepared to restore rail service to Churchill, Man. | Port of Churchill photo

Feds to help transfer ownership, restore Churchill rail service

The federal government says it’s prepared to restore rail service to Churchill, Man. The rail line closed this spring after flooding damaged several sections of the route to the northern Manitoba community and port. The owner of the line, OmniTrax, said repairs would cost as much as US$60 million and it wasn’t prepared to pay […] Read more

The Canadian government says it's prepared to restore rail service to Churchill, Man. | Port of Churchill photo

Feds to help restore Churchill rail service

WINNIPEG, Sept. 8 (CNS) – The Canadian government says it’s prepared to restore rail service to Churchill, Man. The rail line closed in the spring of 2017 after flooding damaged multiple sections of the route to the northern Manitoba community. The owner of the line, OmniTRAX, said repairs would cost as much as US$60 million […] Read more


Under the east-west corridor proposal, new road and rail infrastructure in the north would increase traffic at the Port of Churchill.  |  File photo

Northern transportation corridor would have ‘revolutionary impact’

The University of Calgary plans to raise money to research the feasibility of a national right-of-way

A Senate committee has endorsed a plan to build a northern transportation corridor that would revitalize the Port of Churchill. The banking, trade and commerce committee has embraced a proposal by the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy to build a 7,000 kilometre east-west corridor through Canada’s north. “(It) will have as revolutionary an […] Read more

Sources say rail service on a section of the track covering several hundreds of kilometres has been suspended indefinitely and is not likely to resume until freeze-up at the earliest. The track bed has been washed away in numerous locations and as many as five bridges are damaged. | Omnitrax photo

Closed rail line another blow to Churchill port

Severe spring flooding that washed out a section of the Hudson Bay Railway line between Gillam and Churchill, Man., last month has dealt another crippling blow to efforts to resume grain shipments through the Port of Churchill. “It’s a major blow to the whole situation,” said Elden Boon, a farmer from Virden, Man., and president […] Read more


Churchill got a lot of time in the spotlight when the House of Commons finance committee visited Manitoba Oct. 6. | Photo courtesy of Churchill Gateway Development Corp.

VIDEO: Churchill hot topic at finance committee hearing

Churchill got a lot of time in the spotlight when the House of Commons finance committee visited Manitoba Oct. 6. Broad support for finding some way to keep the port and rail line viable appeared to come from people representing municipal governments, chambers of commerce, unions and farmers. It also provided a forum for NDP […] Read more

Ottawa should take ownership of the Port of Churchill and Hudson Bay Railway so future generations can benefit from its export capabilities and economic spinoffs.  |  File photo

Government must ensure port viability

Most of us take for granted that the majority of our roads and highways are publicly funded and built at cost in order to serve the overall public good. There is no clamour asking why those roads are not being given away to private companies to let road barons profit from them.  For good reason. […] Read more

The port of Churchill was North America's only deep water Arctic seaport and was the largest employer in the town, hiring about 10 percent of the population during seasonal operations, the Union of Canadian Transportation Employees said. | Photo courtesy Churchill Gateway Development Corp.

Port of Churchill layoffs in effect, uncertainty remains

WINNIPEG — Layoffs from Manitoba’s Port of Churchill are now in effect, but questions remain for those formerly employed by the port, the future of the tow, and the dynamics of Canadian grain handling. Answers to those questions aren’t coming from the Denver-based railway that operates the port, OmniTrax, as officials have remained mostly silent […] Read more


The federal government plans to offer a $9 per tonne subsidy on crop shipments through the Port of Churchill.  |  File photo

Churchill grain receives funding

$9 per tonne | Subsidies offered on a first-come, first-serve basis to shippers

TISDALE, Sask. — The federal government has released details of a five-year, $25 million program aimed at boosting the amount of grain shipped through the Port of Churchill in northern Manitoba. Beginning this year, the Churchill Port Utilization Program (CPUP) will offer a shipping subsidy of $9 per tonne to grain companies that ship grain, […] Read more