2013 Completed Access to Information Requests


The following list contains summaries of completed requests. Requests focusing on personal information are not included.


Request number Summary of Request Disposition Number of pages disclosed
  Nothing to report.    

All written recommendations of the investigator (Mr. Georges Cyr) following 2 investigations that occurred at the central station on September 21, 2012.

All exempted 0

All information regarding the VIA Rail train accident on or around August 1989. The train was travelling from Winnipeg to Edmonton and was derailed at an intersection in Saskatchewan.

No records found 0

All reports and emails concerning travel on VIA Rail Canada taken by Senators, including statistics on total travel taken by Senators and their family members and the market value of that travel (for the period Jan. 1, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2012).

Disclosed in part 1

Number of train tickets sold by VIA Rail in New Brunswick for the years 2010, 2011 and 2012 and the total that these sales generated, the occupancy rate of VIA Rail trains that passed through the New Brunswick train stations, between Campbellton and Moncton in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and the key operating statistics by service group for the Ocean line for the years 2010, 2011 and 2012.

All disclosed

12-1227 Copy of the reports concerning the expulsion of a female passenger between Bathurst and Campbellton (New Brunswick) during the night of August 12th, 2012. Disclosed in part 11

Environmental Management Audits for the past five years (2008-2013) (including protocols and procedures), Environmental Management System & Quality Management System for Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver Maintenance Centres.

Disclosed in part 46

Yearly ridership numbers of the Malahat service on the Esquimalt and Nanaimo railway from 2001 to 2010.

All disclosed 1

Correspondence between VIA Rail Canada and the RCMP regarding the April 22, 2013, arrest of two suspects in connection with a terrorism plot targeting a VIA Rail passenger train

All exempted 0
  Nothing to report.    

2011 on/off passenger volumes by station.

Disclosed in part 9

Information concerning VIA Rail’s annual number of passengers, foodservice sales and costs for 2013 and anticipated trends for 2014.

All disclosed 1

Memos, briefing notes and reports from April 15, 2013 to the present (June 11, 2013) concerning the possibility of revised security procedures and practices for VIA Rail infrastructure and passengers as a result of the recent alleged plot to derail a VIA Rail train.

Disclosed in part 22
  Nothing to report.    

All documents and records which occurred at the departmental chief/senior level (including memos, presentation slides, briefing notes, minutes, agendas, e-mails, voice mail and text messages)  mentioning or referring to Idle No More between November 01, 2012 and  June 30, 2013.

Disclosed in part 22

More information concerning security procedures and practices disclosed in request number 13-1307 including memos, briefing notes and reports from April 15, 2013 to June 11, 2013.

Disclosed in part 23

2011 and 2012 On/Off Passenger volume by station.

Disclosed in part 16

Information about operating model and passenger volume per station in 2011.

Disclosed in part 32

Most recent Train Service Agreement between Via Rail, Southern Rail of Vancouver Island and the Island Corridor Foundation or other parties, as well as any previous Train Service agreements since 1980 concerning Via Rail’s rail services on Vancouver Island.

Disclosed in part 45

Copy of all contracts with consultants retained by Via Rail to advise Via Rail on methods of gaining access to the federal government or in accomplishing its objectives in respect of the government.

No record found  

Copy of all documents (files, e-mails, letters and messages including voice mail) concerning the appointment of Denis Durand at the Board of administration of Via Rail on June 18th, 2008.

No record found  

Rail station data attributes for all Via Rail’s stations in Canada

All disclosed 10

Copy of all documents indicating the number of permanent and part time VIA Rail employees, as well as employees under contract.  Copy of all documents indicating their salary, bonuses and allowances, as well as the total over time paid, totaling the entire payroll of the company, for each year, starting from 2005 until 2013.

All disclosed 2

On and off passenger volume by stations in 2012.

Disclosed in part 10

Copy of contracts or agreements between Via Rail and the municipality of St-Maurice-Champlain, regarding the sale of assets and the transfer of responsibility of the labour.

Disclosed in part 2

An electronic list of contracts for a value of 10 000$ or less, dated from 2013.

Disclosed in part 2

Any and all written correspondence between Via Rail and the following City of Ottawa officials: Jim Watson, Kent Kirkpatrick, Diane Deans, John Manconi, Charles Bordeleau and J.P Trottier.The dates of interest are from 18 September, 2013 to 20 September, 2013.

All disclosed 23

Media lines, prepared in 2013, for use when responding to media inquiries related to the possible reinstatement of Via Rail passenger rail service on Vancouver Island.

Disclosed in part


Access to an electronic file of the data in the agency’s system, used to track requests under the Access to information Act for the fiscal year 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 to date.

No document found

12-1240 The annual passenger ridership number (1997 to late 2012) on the Ocean and Chaleur separately, the number of passengers departing and embarking for each station from Halifax to Montréal (2010-2011-late 2012) on the Ocean and Chaleur separately, the number of trains sold out (2010-2011 to late 2012) on the Ocean, the mileage charge or axle charge per mile CN Rail levees against VIA Rail for the Ocean and Chaleur, and the financial analysis of the $35,000.00 lost on the Ocean in the last business year. Disclosed in part 29

Copy of the minutes of the meetings of the Board of administration of Via Rail Canada for the year 2007 and 2008.

Disclosed in part 160