Thursday, December 1 2022

MONTREAL, November 16, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) is pleased to announce the awarding of two contracts to two Canadian companies for the modernization of its maintenance centers in Toronto and Montreal. An important pillar of the Corridor Fleet Replacement Program, these upgrades will allow these centers to become the home base for servicing VIA Rail’s 32 new trains, while continuing to service and maintain our existing fleet.

VIA Rail has awarded the contract for the construction of the Toronto maintenance center to Buttcon Limited, based in Concorde, Ontario. Pomerleau Inc., based in Montreal, Quebec, obtained the contract for the work of the Montreal Maintenance Center. Funding for these projects was provided in the 2018 federal budget, and construction will begin in the spring of 2023.

“We are proud to work with two exceptional Canadian partners on these two projects,” said Martin R Landry, President and CEO of VIA Rail. “The modernization of our maintenance centers is an important step in the fleet replacement program and in VIA Rail’s overall modernization process. These centers will allow us to maintain the new Corridor fleet that embodies the vision we have for VIA Rail of tomorrow.

These two Canadian companies were selected through a fair, open, rigorous and transparent bidding process under the supervision of an independent equity monitor. The evaluation of the promoters was based on various criteria, including previous experience in providing similar infrastructure and the ability to complete the work safely on time.

“VIA Rail is actively participating in shaping the future of mobility. At Pomerleau, we share this vision of sparing no effort to create a better future for our communities. That’s why we strive to shape our industry by constantly improving our processes and construction methods. . For tomorrow. It is with this commitment in mind that we gladly make our expertise available to VIA Rail for the Montreal Maintenance Center project which, once completed, will be a state-of-the-art facility,” said Martin Jacquesexecutive vice-president at Pomerleau.

“In partnership with VIA Rail and its team, we are delighted to have won this incredible modernization project,” said Peter Di Gaetano, President and CEO of Buttcon Limited. “We bring to the table a skilled team of design and construction professionals offering a wealth of knowledge and experience. The Toronto Maintenance Center modernization project aligns with our extensive experience and construction philosophy. with a hands-on project delivery approach and dedicated collaborative partnerships.Our partnership with VIA Rail is an example of how each team member contributes to project success through innovation, collaboration, communication, the experience and sharing of professional skills of experts the successful execution of the Toronto maintenance modernization project.”

The first train of the new fleet welcomed its first passengers on board in November 2022 with a full commercial launch expected in 2023. They offer an unparalleled travel experience, comfortable seating, more seats for people with reduced mobility and advanced technology for passengers traveling on the Quebec City-Windsor corridor, from Canada busiest hallway.

For more information, we invite you to consult our website:

Toronto Maintenance Center

Montreal Maintenance Center

About VIA Rail
As from Canada national rail passenger service, VIA Rail ( and all of its employees are mandated to provide safe, efficient and economical passenger transportation service in both of our country’s official languages. VIA Rail operates intercity, regional and transcontinental trains connecting more than 400 communities across Canadaand approximately 180 other communities through intermodal partnerships, and safely transported more than 5 million passengers in 2019. The Company received five safety awards and three environmental awards from the Railway Association of Canada since 2007. Visit the “About VIA Rail” section at

About Pomerleau Inc.
Pomerleau is one of from Canada leaders in the construction industry and leader in sustainable building. The company specializes in building and infrastructure construction and civil engineering and also excels in virtual design and construction (VDC). Founded 60 years ago, the company employs 4,000 people in its nine regional offices and on nearly 200 construction sites across the country. Pomerleau is the parent company of Borea Construction, the Canadian leader in renewable energy construction, and owns Pomerleau Capital, its private infrastructure investment and financing subsidiary. Since 2020, Pomerleau has been part of from Canada Top 100 Employers. For more details on Pomerleau, visit

About Limited button
Buttcon Limited has completed work through Canada. The company is an employee-owned Canadian construction company with 43 years of construction experience. It has an entrenched presence in the expanding infrastructure construction markets and, through the execution of its projects, provides its clients with best-in-class construction solutions through experienced business and design partners. It is backed by a team of progressive and experienced people who are focused on providing the best building solutions for their clients. Buttcon is a simple solution for turning customer visions into award-winning projects through Canada.

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SOURCEVIA Rail Canada Inc.

For further information: Jamie Orchard, VIA Rail Canada, 1 877 393 8787, [email protected]


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