Our Team

Who We Are

The Ontario Northland Transportation Commission (Ontario Northland) is an Agency of the Province of Ontario that provides efficient and vital transportation services to Northeastern Ontario

  • We employ over 750 skilled transportation professionals throughout Northeastern Ontario and Northwestern Quebec.
  • We provide comfortable and reliable bus transportation to over 275,000 passengers each year.
  • We maintain over 700 miles of track, including 25 bridges.
  • We ship over 32,000 carloads of freight connecting Northeastern Ontario to national and international markets.
  • We repair and refurbish passenger cars, locomotives, wheel sets for leading transportation companies throughout North America.
  • We provide the only all-season land link to the James Bay Coast connecting Moosonee to Cochrane, Ontario. Each year we transport 60,000 passengers comfortably on the train, 300,000 packages, 3000 car loads of freight, and 2000 vehicles.
  • We are over 110 years old and are proud of our heritage and connection to the communities we serve.
  • We are focused on moving forward with the goal of being a valued leader in transportation for the next 100 years.

We are Ontario Northland.

Our Team

Over 750 employees work for Ontario Northland throughout Northeastern Ontario and Northwestern Quebec. We are committed to providing efficient, reliable and vital transportation services.

group shot of Ontario Northland employees in the Remanufacturing and Repair Centre

The Ontario Northland Transportation Commission consists of:

Thomas Laughren
Timmins, Chair

Steven Carmichael
North Bay

Ewen Cornick
North Bay

Gaétan Malette

Ila Watson
Sault Ste. Marie


Ontario Northland continues to build on our proud past. First formed in 1902, the organization built the infrastructure to support the development of northeastern Ontario. Over the years, Ontario Northland has adapted to meet the needs of the communities we serve and continues to lead the transportation industry in Northern Ontario.

Books, Museums, and Exhibits

There are a number of books, museums and groups that provide in-depth historical information about Ontario Northland and preserve

Ontario Northland Railways Historical & Technical Society

Discovery Museum – North Bay

Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre – Capreol, Ontario

A Century of Travel on the Ontario Northland Railway
by Douglas N. W. Smith
Trackside Canada, 2004
ISBN 0-9730521-1-2

Northern Connection: Ontario Northland Since 1902
By Robert J. Surtees
Captus Press, Toronto, 1992
ISBN 0-921801-83-1

historical map