Ontario Northland Temporarily Suspending Rail Passenger Service Between Cochrane and Moosonee in Response to COVID-19

(Cochrane, Ontario - Wednesday, April 1st, 2020) The safety and health of our passengers, employees, customers and communities we serve is our top priority.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Polar Bear Express passenger train service between Cochrane and Moosonee will be suspended, beginning April 7, 2020.

This is a temporary measure due to heightened concern for remote communities that are especially vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19.

The decision to suspend service was made in consultation with the Government of Ontario, Ontario Northland, Mushkegowuk Council, Moose Cree First Nation, Town of Moosonee and the local health authority and will be re-evaluated every two weeks.

Freight service between Cochrane and Moosonee will continue as scheduled, ensuring the transportation of essential supplies including food, medical supplies, building materials, fuel and equipment.

Passengers who have reservations beyond April 6, 2020, will be contacted by Ontario Northland and fully reimbursed. 

To learn more about what Ontario Northland is doing to protect its customers, please visit www.ontarionorthland.ca/coronavirus

"I am glad to see the ONTC take this critical measure to combat the spread of COVID-19 to northern and remote communities. Our government will continue to take all necessary precautions to protect Indigenous communities from the spread of COVID-19, and I applaud Indigenous and Municipal leaders for working closely with the ONTC to act quickly to help protect their communities," said Greg Rickford, Minster of Energy, Northern Development and Mine, Minister of Indigenous Affairs.


  • The decision to suspend passenger rail service between Cochrane and Moosonee will be re-evaluated every two weeks.
  • For the most up-to-date information on how you can protect yourself and others, please visit Ontario’s website at ontario.ca/coronavirus or publichealthontario.ca for additional information.


For more information, please contact:

Renée Baker
Communications Manager