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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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