(North Bay - October 16, 2019) Ontario Northland is embracing a new community-based approach to celebrating the holiday season in the communities that it serves across Northeastern Ontario this year.
Ontario Northland is currently facing a skilled trade labour shortage in its rail division, primarily due to retirements, and as such is making the operational decision to forego its Christmas Train program in 2019. The priority is to maintain safe and reliable rail service for customers, ensuring goods continue to move in and out of Northern Ontario.
In its place, Ontario Northland is working with the 13 locations traditionally visited by the train so that Ontario Northland employees can interact with and give back to members of the communities we serve during the upcoming season of giving.
For the past seven years, the Christmas Train events have allowed Ontario Northland to engage with the public and expose rail equipment to youth. By pausing the train this year, Ontario Northland will have an opportunity to engage with communities and corporate partners to seek out ideas on how best to proceed in coming years and be more inclusive and reach a larger part of our service territory.
“We look forward to enabling even more of our employees to get out and take part in community-based events to celebrate the holiday season with their friends, families and neighbours,” says Rebecca McGlynn, Director of Marketing and Communications.
Ontario Northland is an agency of the Province of Ontario and provides reliable and efficient transportation services throughout northeastern Ontario. Last year, Ontario Northland fulfilled over 51,000 passenger trips on its Polar Bear Express passenger train and over 311,000 on its motor coaches. Express freight shipments between Cochrane and Moosonee amounted to over 4.8 million kilograms, while over 33,000 carloads of freight were shipped in and out of northeastern Ontario.
Rebecca McGlynn, Director of Marketing and Communications
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