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News provided by
Arctic Gateway Group
August 20, 2019

Service Alert
Communities should be aware that there is a minor derailment of a work train on the Herchemer sub at Herchmer siding. The derailment has affected the main track. There are no injuries and our very capable car men and MOW staff are enroute. Arctic Gateway will advise of any delays in freight service as soon as we can assess the situation. Potential passengers are advised to check VIA rail’s website for info on their service and how it may be affected by this derailment. Arctic Gateway will continue to provide service level updates as soon as definitive information is available in the coming days.

For updates on service and delays, please check Arctic Gateway social media channels. For information on passenger service, please visit Via Rail “Arrivals and Departures” at: https://www.viarail.ca/en/plan-your-trip/departures-arrivals


News provided by
Arctic Gateway Group
July 28, 2019

Service Alert

As the operation to apprehend the suspects in the BC murders expands from Gillam to York Landing area, we continue to hope for a peaceful and speedy resolution in this matter for all residents. We continue to urge everyone to continue to be vigilant in protecting yourself and others and continue to collaborate with law enforcement. Arctic Gateway will continue to work to minimize any delays to train services and will keep our stakeholders, customers and communities informed of any material delays as they become apparent.

For more information, please contact the Arctic Gateway Group.


News provided by
Arctic Gateway Group
July 26, 2019

Service Alert

The search by authorities for the suspects of the killings in British Columbia has descended upon our communities and the general area of our railway. We, along with our community members, staff and partners are hopeful for a peaceful and quick resolution of this matter so that all can go back to the normalcy and beauty of life in our Northern Manitoba region. In the meantime, we have implemented aspects of our safety management system procedures for our train operations to ensure the safety of our employees and we remain fully in collaboration with RCMP and investigators in and around Gillam and throughout all of our rail operations. Enhanced security measures, spot checks and inspections by law enforcement and our staff may lead to some delays in service levels. We will do all we can to ensure that these slight delays are kept to a minimum and will continue to update as we have new information to share. In the meantime, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and our communities wishing for the peaceful end to this matter as soon as possible.

For more information, please contact the Arctic Gateway Group.


News provided by
Arctic Gateway Group
July 9, 2019

Service Notice

Wayfreight to Churchill will be delayed this week

After the excitement with the vessels and activity at the Port of Churchill, all hands back to work. The scheduled way freight train to Churchill will encounter a delay this week arriving Thursday later afternoon or evening, instead of Thursday morning. The slight delay is due to the delay of the train to accommodate work crews working on tie replacement on the Thompson sub. We apologize for any inconvenience. We remain committed to track and infrastructure improvements for the safety of our workers and communities.

For updates on service and delays, please check Arctic Gateway social media channels.


News provided by
Arctic Gateway Group
May 23, 2019

On May 23rd, 2017, communities across Northern Manitoba, including the northern community of Churchill, received the news that would shape their lives for the next 18 months. Sections of the Hudson Bay Railway, the only dryland link to the rest of Canada, had been washed out by the spring flood—and nobody was coming to fix them.

The communities in the North, totaling about 30,000 people, faced a severe uphill battle. The loss of the railroad meant the loss of a lot of things: passenger rail service on Via Rail; freight shipping for vital commodities, including consumer supplies, lumber, tools and other essential goods; even access to groceries that shipped in on the rails. In short, they were stranded, and until the battle to get the railroad fixed was finished, they would stay that way.

It has been two years since the washouts happened and a lot has changed.

On September 4th, 2018, a group consisting of Fairfax Financial Holdings, AGT Food and Ingredients, and the Missinippi Rail Limited Partnership bought the rail line and Port of Churchill. Within a week, crews were dispatched to the washed out tracks and got to work. Working day and night, the crew inched forward towards Churchill, repairing washouts and getting things prepared for the engines that would come soon. On the evening of October 31st, the first train arrived at the station in Churchill to a roaring crowd. The second would arrive the next day to an even louder one, as Via Rail’s engine pulled in with its first cohort of visitors in 18 months. Churchill was reunited with Canada once again.

Despite the challenges they faced, these communities endured, and came out the other side with a resolve that was unmatched by any other. We want to thank everyone along the Hudson Bay Railway for cheering us on as we made our way back home to Churchill, and a special thank you to every member of our crew who helped make this possible.

But our work does not stop here. Ongoing maintenance is needed to keep the rail line working in efficient and safe working order. While our initial repairs were completed before the start of winter, now that spring thaw is upon us, our crews, including new crews of local workers added from our communities , are hard at work replacing rail ties and doing additional maintenance work including tens of thousands of ties that are being replaced. This work ensures that we can avoid washouts, keeping our employees and the communities safe and safeguarding the access of the great communities of Northern Manitoba to the rail that is a driver of the economy of this great region.

You can learn about Churchill’s dark winter without the railroad in the documentary “Know I’m Here”, produced by Handcraft Creative. You can also look back on our photo archive, where every day we posted an update about the washouts being repaired. And keep checking.  As we make progress this year, more pics to come updating our work.


News provided by
Arctic Gateway Group
May 22, 2019

Service Notice

Due to high water levels on the Thicket Sub around MP 155, HBR is taking precautionary measures to remedy and monitor the situation. VIA Rail passenger services may be delayed due to these precautionary measures, however water levels are expected to subside in the next 24 hours.

For updates on service and delays, please check Arctic Gateway social media channels or visit Via Rail “Arrivals and Departures” at: https://www.viarail.ca/en/plan-your-trip/departures-arrivals


News provided by
Arctic Gateway Group
March 27, 2019

Service Notice

Churchill freight train has been delayed approximately 12 hours. Due to an unforeseen communication system disruption, the train service will arrive this evening instead of this morning.

Last night, due to a service outage in the United States by a third party radio satellite service provider, service was shut down. The problem with the third party service provider has been resolved. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused.

For more information, please contact the Arctic Gateway Group.


News provided by
Arctic Gateway Group
March 15, 2019

Service Update

Beginning in the first week of April 2019, weekly way freight service to Churchill will now arrive on Thursday mornings. For more information and for all service inquiries, please contact the Arctic Gateway Group here.


News provided by
Arctic Gateway Group
March 15, 2019

Arctic Gateway Group Announces Membership in Outland Youth Employment Program

AGG is proud to announce its membership in the Outland Youth Employment Program (OYEP).  OYEP is a local, community driven initiative that works towards equity and opportunity for Indigenous Youth through education, training and work opportunities. The program offers six weeks of immersive, natural resource based learning in a holistic, hands on environment. Youth live and work in a semi-remote camp environment with live-in management. The OYEP initiative hopes to employ approximately 22 Indigenous youth aged 16-18 from Northern Manitoba.  During the six weeks, youth complete a number of training and work modules that focus on the natural resources sector.

More information about OYEP if you or someone you know would be interested in being part of this amazing program, you can learn more by visiting them here:

Website: http://www.outland.ca/indigenous-relationships

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OutlandOYEP/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oyepcanada/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcxSG3WdN_-Fw80lfyC9Tng


News provided by
Arctic Gateway Group
January 29, 2019

Service Notice

The way freight service to Churchill will be delayed 24 to 48 hours. This is due to an on-track snow clearing machine coming off the rails while clearing snow north of Gillam. The machine become dislodged from the track when it encountered heavy drifting, however no damage to track and crews are working to place it back on the rails. Once this machine is moved, the train will proceed normally. Everyone is safe and Arctic Gateway wanted to advise of the delay to the Churchill Service.

UPDATE (February 1, 2019): We are happy to report the snow removal machine was moved and the track cleared at 20:30 pm Thursday night. Freight train arrived late night early morning hours in Churchill.

Fine work from our dedicated MOW crews to work in -40 to -50°C windchills to get this done. Once again the heart and soul put in to serve our communities is amazing.

Thanks to all for your patience. The weather has been challenging to say the least. Another day of winter behind us. 👍


News provided by
Thompson Citizen
December 12, 2018

Passenger rail service finally returns to Churchill, heralds new tourism and research opportunities

Churchill residents had a lot to celebrate on the afternoon of Dec. 4, since a passenger train pulled into its station for the first time in over 18 months. Read More


News provided by
Winnipeg Free Press
November 26, 2018

Via Rail train to Churchill gets makeover

IT’S been more than a year since Churchill has welcomed a passenger train. Soon, the wait will be over. Read More


News provided by 
Via Rail
November 26, 2018

VIA Rail service resumes in northern Manitoba, between Gillam and Churchill

Arctic Gateway is pleased to share a press release from VIA Rail on resumption of passenger service to northern Manitoba, between Gillam and Churchill, on December 2, 2018. Trains will once again travel in both directions, according to the regular schedule that was in effect prior to the suspension of service in spring 2017.

Customers interested in travelling to Churchill by train can buy their tickets today online at viarail.ca/en or by phone by calling 1 888 VIA-RAIL (1 888 842-7245) or 1 800 268-9503 (for persons who are hard of hearing). Read More


News provided by 
Maclean’s
November 13, 2018

When Churchill needed Ottawa, the town was ignored. Now, Ottawa needs Churchill

Opinion: If solving the struggles of the Manitoba town’s residents wasn’t enough, the federal government had plenty of other reasons to have stepped in sooner

The first train in 18 months on the Hudson Bay Railway pulled into Churchill, Man., on Halloween. The sad irony of the timing is obvious. The town of barely 900 people has suffered the horrors of deprivation since spring floods in May 2017 washed out the rail line in several places, and OmniTRAX—the American company that bought both the port and the railway in 1997 but closed the former in 2016—refused to pay for the repairs. When the rail link was lost, the only connection to the rest of Canada was through infrequent and expensive air flights. Read More


News provided by 
Arctic Gateway Group LP
November 10, 2018

Linkages conference at OCN in the Pas. Arctic Gateway CEO Murad Al-Katib provided a view of agriculture and the opportunity for the Arctic Gateway. Over 275 people in attendance from 15 nations and even more communities Mayors, leaders and elders. Amazing event.  Congrats to the organizers. Arctic Gateway also announced that Jamie Wilson, former Treaty Commissioner for Manitoba and Former Deputy Minister of Education for the Manitoba Government joined the company as its new VP Corporate Development. Excited to have Jamie on board working with our partners and stakeholders to make all of our dream a reality.


News provided by 
Arctic Gateway Group LP
November 1, 2018

News provided by 
CTV News
November 1, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Churchill as town celebrates rail line repairs

CHURCHILL, Man. — Residents of Churchill crowded around a bonfire during a street party to celebrate the return of rail service and a visit by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the northern Manitoba town. Read More

November 1, 2018: Arctic Gateway Press Conference

Watch our full press event in Churchill here.

Posted by Arctic Gateway on Thursday, November 1, 2018


News provided by 
Global News
November 1, 2018

First train rolls into Churchill after a long anticipated wait

After more than a year of waiting, Churchill residents were surprised Wednesday evening to hear sounds of a train rolling into their community. Read More


News provided by 
Winnipeg Free Press
October 31, 2018

First train rolls into Churchill on eve of prime minister’s visit

Churchill residents welcomed the first train in a year and a half Wednesday, and are eager to hear the news the prime minister will deliver in the northern town today. Read More


News provided by 
CBC News / Radio-Canada
October 31, 2018

‘Our hearts are just filled with joy’: 1st train in over a year arrives in Churchill

A train rolled into Churchill, Man., on Wednesday evening for the first time in more than a year after spring flooding damaged the tracks and severed the town’s only land link to the rest of the province. Read More

Le Premier train est passé à Churchill

Les habitants de Churchill, dans le nord du Manitoba, ont vu passer le premier train, mercredi soir, depuis les inondations qui ont endommagé la seule voie terrestre les reliant au reste de la province. Lire la suite


News provided by 
Arctic Gateway Group LP
October 22, 2018

Arctic Gateway Group Provides an Update on Operations

The Arctic Gateway Group is pleased to provide an update on operations.

We have made excellent progress in the repair near Ponton. Since the derailment, the site has undergone all the repairs needed, along with cleanup and the removal of beaver dams along the entire line.  Read More


News provided by 
Arctic Gateway Group LP
October 21, 2018

We have been requested by the Teamsters to remove certain information from our grievance correspondence with them. We do not feel that it is appropriate to post edited or redacted correspondence and therefore we will be removing it entirely for the foreseeable future.


News provided by 
Arctic Gateway Group LP
October 18, 2018

“Know I’m Here” – Documentary on Churchill

This documentary from Handcraft Creative, which was featured at the Canadian Human Rights Museum and premiered on CBC this year, is now freely available for viewing. The Arctic Gateway Group would like to thank the Town of Churchill and Handcraft Creative for their hard work. Watch Video


News provided by 
Arctic Gateway Group LP
October 4, 2018

Message From Arctic Gateway on Progress of Repairs

To our Arctic Gateway community, we hope you have been as pleased with the progress updates our team has been providing as we have been in bringing them to you. Read More


News provided by 
Arctic Gateway Group LP
September 16, 2018

Arctic Gateway Group Statement Regarding Derailment

(THE PAS) September 16, 2018 – It is with a heavy heart that the Arctic Gateway Group advises that a derailment has occurred on the Hudson Bay Railway.  Read More


News provided by
Western Economic Diversification Canada
September 14, 2018

Government of Canada announces support for acquisition and repair of Churchill rail line by Arctic Gateway Group

The Government of Canada believes in the future and long term prosperity of northern Manitoba. Today, the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, announced an investment of $117 million to the Arctic Gateway Group through the Western Diversification Program.  Read More
Watch the full press conference here.


News provided by
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
September 14, 2018

The AMC pleased with First Nations involvement in acquiring Hudson Bay Railway, Port of Churchill, and Churchill Marine Tank Farm

Treaty One Territory, MB – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) acknowledges a historic announcement from Arctic Gateway Group Limited Partnership. This group has purchased the Hudson Bay Railway, Port of Churchill, and Churchill Marine Tank Farm from Omnitrax. The purchasing group includes Missinippi Rail Limited Partnership, a consortium of 30 First Nations and 11 other communities in northern Manitoba along with 7 Kivalliq communities in western Nunavut; Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited; and AGT Limited Partnership.  Read More


News provided by 
OneNorth
September 14, 2018

Agreement to Restore Rail Service and Invest in the Port of Churchill Celebrated by OneNorth Communities

Winnipeg – OneNorth co-chairs Onekanew Christian Sinclair and Churchill Mayor Michael Spence joined their partners today to celebrate their new partnership in the Arctic Gateway Group Limited Partnership, as new owners of the Hudson Bay Railway and Port of Churchill.  Read More


News provided by 
Western Economic Diversification Canada
September 14, 2018

New Owners for Hudson Bay Rail Line

The Hudson Bay Rail line is a critical piece of transportation infrastructure for nearly 30,000 people from First Nations, other communities along the line, and the Kivalliq region of Nunavut.  Read More


News provided by
Winnipeg Sun
September 13, 2018

Crews working daily to repair broken rail line to Churchill in northern Manitoba

CHURCHILL, Man. — The partnership taking over a railway that runs to Churchill in northern Manitoba says work is underway to repair tracks that have been washed out for more than a year. Murad Al-Katib of Arctic Gateway Group says repairs began last week on the line between Gillam and Churchill.  Read More


News provided by
CTV News Winnipeg
September 12, 2018

Crews working their way north to repair washed-out rail line to Churchill

Work is underway along the Hudson Bay Rail Line to repair damaged tracks in between Gillam and Churchill. About 20 sections of track were washed out during a flood in May 2017, shutting down ground transportation to Churchill, Man., a northern town with a population of about 900 people.  Read More


News provided by
Canadian Newswire
September 4, 2018

Arctic Gateway Group LP Acquires Strategic Rail Link and Arctic Port at Churchill

TORONTO, Sept. 4, 2018 – The Arctic Gateway Group LP, consisting of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited (“Fairfax”), AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. (“AGT”), and Missinippi Rail Limited Partnership, a consortium of First Nations and communities (“MRLP”; together with AGT and Fairfax, the “Buying Group”), are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement with Omnitrax Inc. (“Omnitrax”) to acquire the Hudson Bay Railway and Port of Churchill facilities.  Read More


News provided by
Winnipeg Free Press
August 22, 2018

Federal money for consortium takeover of Churchill port, rail waiting for Omnitrax to sign deal

OTTAWA — The federal government has approved a financial package for the northern Manitoba consortium angling to take over Churchill’s railway and port, suggesting a deal could be imminent ahead of a planned visit to Winnipeg from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next month.  Read More


News provided by
Canadian Newswire
May 30, 2018

Government of Canada Announces Agreement in Principle to Restore Rail Service in Northern Manitoba

WINNIPEG, May 30, 2018 –The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, is pleased to announce an agreement in principle between Missinippi Rail Partners and Fairfax Financial Holdings, and OmniTRAX Inc. to restore rail service to northern Manitoba and transfer ownership of the Port of Churchill.  Read More


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