2017 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

A complete digital copy of the presentation to the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce given by VIA Rail’s President on November 8, 2016, the speaking remarks of the President, and a high resolution digital copy of the map that was presented. If any VIA Rail staff were present and took notes of the question and answer session, I would like a copy of those notes or the summary memorandum.
(Closed 2017-01-04)

All disclosed 24

VIA Rail’s accident/incident report related to VIA Rail train P668-31-30 that struck and killed 3 young men on October 31, 2010 in Montreal.
(Closed 2017-01-05)

Disclosed in part 2

Food sales/costs and passengers counts by region, class and year
(Closed 2017-01-23)

All disclosed 3

The most recent (preferably 2016) annual passenger boardings and alightings at Windsor, Ontario. Specifically indicate whether the data is for boardings only or for boardings plus alightings.
(Closed 2017-01-30)

All exempted

  1. The complete recording of the incoming call telephone conversation, from December 1st 2016, at approximately 9:45am, received at the station manager’s office at the following number: 514-871-7765.
  2. All video and audio recordings (if they exist) of the surveillance cameras on December 1st 2016, from 5:00am to 2:45pm, for the following cameras: ticket office #1, ticket office #10, office of the ticket manager, reimbursement office, all cameras at the cashier’s office, all common area cameras, all luggage cameras at the top as well as all other cameras, visible or not, at the level of de la Gauchetière street. 

(Closed 2017-02-06)

No records exist N/A

All emails sent to and received by the “Senior Manager(s) Train Operations, based in the province of British Columbia, VIA Rail Canada” from the period of February 27, 2014 to October 31, 2016. This includes all current emails as well as any that have been deleted.
(Closed 2017-02-17)

Abandoned N/A

A listing of all schedule delays involving train operations. Fields should include: time, date, train number, destination delayed, reason for delay and all other relevant fields.
(Closed 2017-03-02)

Disclosed in part 1719

All emails and documents generated by all company representatives specifically G. Sarazin and union representative W. Michael for the arbitration case heard in Toronto on September 21, 2016 between the Teamsters And VIA Rail for amalgamated seniority districts heard by J.F.W. Weatherhill.
(Closed 2017-03-07)

Disclosed in part 136

All emails and documents by all company representatives specifically Adrien Richards and union representative W. Michael regarding amalgamated seniority districts.
(Closed 2017-03-07)

Disclosed in part


The monetary amount of contracts provided by your organization to the firms listed below, by fiscal year, for the past five fiscal years (2015/16 – 2014/15 – 2013/14 – 2012/13 – 2011/12) and the first two quarters of 2017, along with the title or one line description for each contract (ie. internal audit, etc.).

Firms: Deloitte, Ernst&Young, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, IBM, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Accenture, Interis, BDO, Tiree

(Closed 2017-03-08)

All disclosed


From 2008 to 2017:

  1. The total annual number of both unionized and non-unionized permanent and temporary employees (permanent, temporary, part-time);
  2. The total annual number of external hirings of both unionized and non-unionized employees. Provide the number of positions filled following the display;
  3. The total number of both promotions and upward reclassifications offered (unionized vs. non-unionized employees);
  4. The total annual base salaries and any other amount paid (bonuses, allowances, performance pay) annually to non-unionized employees, at each classification level:
    • Support
    • Technical support
    • Professional
    • Management
    • Chiefs

as well as unionized employees.

*The requestor has also provided additional details concerning the presentation of the information.

(Closed 2017-04-07)

All disclosed 10

A list of all item orders for the maintenance of the rolling stock (railway cars + locomotives), per year, from 2010 to 2016, indicating the following: (1) order number; (2) date of order; (3) total amount of the order; (4) internal number of the ordered item; (5) description of the item; (6) item quantity; (7) approved suppliers for the item; (8) internal number of the item supplier; (9) name of supplier who received the order; (10) unit price of the supplier who received the order.
(Closed 2017-05-12)

Disclosed in part 1247

All briefing materials created for the Minister of Transport or Finance, or their Deputy ministers, since Sept. 1, 2016, on VIA Rail’s High Frequency Rail (HFR) proposal; and all minutes and materials created and provided to the Board in the same time frame on the same subject.
(Closed 2017-05-19)

All exempted 0

Electronic dataset of all access to information requests received since January 1, 2015. Please include fields containing the following information: request number, request summary, type of requester (academic, media, etc), whether sensitive or contentious request, date received, date request completed, disclosure decision, reason for time extension, extension duration in days, and exemptions applied.
(Closed 2017-05-19)

All disclosed


All public correspondence to the president, excluding emails but including letters attached to emails, for the month of January 2017.
(Closed 2017-05-26)

Disclosed in part 20

Briefing notes or backgrounders prepared for the president during 2016 or 2017 related to VIA Rail’s on-time performance.
(Closed 2017-05-26)

Disclosed in part 61

All receipts, reimbursement records and itineraries for transport of VIA Rail President Yves Desjardins-Siciliano on VIA Rail and/or other modes of transport from Oct. 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017.
(Closed 2017-05-26)

Disclosed in part


All emails sent or received by the Manager(s) Train Operations or Senior Manager Train Operations, Based in the province of Alberta, from the period of September 15, 2015 to November 1, 2015 and April 2, 2016 to May 5, 2016. This includes all current emails as well as any that have been deleted.
(Closed 2017-06-09)

Disclosed in part 3560

Electronic dataset of all contracts valued at $10,000 or under, with the same fields as provided in the proactive disclosure of contracts in excess of $10,000, for 2015 and 2016.
(Closed 2017-06-12)

All disclosed 6

All documents, train service agreements, correspondence pertaining to the Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway line on Vancouver Island.
(Closed 2017-06-14)

Disclosed in part


The data pertaining to train miles, passengers, passenger miles, seat miles, revenue and avoidable costs, for the years 2012 to 2016 inclusive, per route. The routes concerned are: (any change in service frequency should be noted)

  • The Ocean (Montreal – Halifax)
  • The Chaleur (Montreal – Gaspe)
  • Tourist train Halifax – Sydney
  • Montreal – Jonquiere 
  • Montreal – Senneterre
  • Quebec – Montreal
  • Montreal – Ottawa
  • Montreal – Toronto
  • Ottawa – Toronto
  • Toronto – Windsor
  • Toronto – London – Sarnia
  • Toronto – Niagara Falls
  • Sudbury – White River
  • Toronto – Cochrane (if available, since it is an ONR route)
  • The Canadian (Toronto – Vancouver)
  • Jasper – Prince George – Prince Rupert
  • Winnipeg – Churchill
  • Victoria – Courtenay

In addition, for the years 2006 to 2011, the revenue and avoidable cost data for the following routes:

  • Quebec – Montreal
  • Montreal – Ottawa
  • Montreal – Toronto
  • Ottawa – Toronto
  • Toronto – Windsor
  • Toronto – London – Sarnia
  • Toronto – Niagara Falls.

(Closed 2017-07-24)

Disclosed in part 5

Electronic copies of five studies funded by Transport Canada to help assess VIA Rail’s high frequency rail proposal. These studies are as follows:

  1. “Cost-benefit, Economic and Tourism Impact of VIA’s High Frequency Rail Proposal” – prepared by CPCS Transcom Limited / Conference Board of Canada / Ference & Co Consulting;
  2. “Alternative Strategies to add Passenger Rail Capacity to Quebec-Windsor Corridor” – prepared by CPCS Transcom Limited;
  3. “Road Congestion in Quebec-Windsor Corridor-Potential Savings with VIA’s High Frequency Rail Proposal” – prepared by Research and Traffic Group;
  4. “Greenhouse Gas Emissions Levels in Quebec-Windsor Corridor – Potential Savings with VIA high-frequency rail” – prepared by Research and Traffic Group

“Presentation/Emissions Model” – prepared by Research and Traffic Group.

(Closed 2017-07-24)

No records exist N/A

A list of all persons employed by VIA Rail Canada. For each person identified, the following additional information:

  1. their job title and any other specialized titles related to their position;
  2. the date of first employment as well as end of employment if applicable;
  3. their most recent place of primary employment;
  4. the classification of their position; and,
  5. the salary range of their position.

(Closed 2017-08-09)

Disclosed in part 1

The delays for all #2 trains, at Sudbury JCT station, between September 1st, 2015 and September 3, 2017 inclusive.
(Closed 2017-09-13)

All disclosed 8

Reports created since 2010 on the feasibility of light rail or high speed rail for the Sea to Sky Corridor (Squamish to Vancouver – or Vancouver to Whistler).
(Closed 2017-09-20)

No records exist N/A

All costs pertaining to locomotive 6413’s repair between November 19, 2016 and March 6, 2017. Repair done by CAD Rails in Lachine, Quebec, per job.
(Closed 2017-09-27)

All exempted 0

Studies/plans/reports done in house and by consultants for a Toronto-Ottawa new dedicated or shared rail passenger line (continuing on to Montreal using mainly existing rail lines). Include the business cases done for fleet renewal, and as well for a high frequency rail. Include the costs of doing these reports/studies and their terms of reference. Include the pros and cons of having high speed rails as opposed to high frequency rails. Include briefing notes to VIA Rail’s CEO and President and to the Minister of Transportation.
(Closed 2017-10-05)

Provide other record released/to be released on the above under ATIP.

All exempted 0

Studies done by Context Environnement, studies done by VIA Rail on noise and studies done on 480 volts and 27 pins cables’ connection and disconnection.
(Closed 2017-10-09)

All disclosed 137

Since January 1, 2010, copies of:

  1. All contracts and contractual documents (standing offers, supply arrangements, etc.) for insurance and insurance related services such as consulting, claims adjustment and training;
  2. All insurance policies including AD&D and health benefit policies;
  3. Any insurance related service agreement;
  4. The Corporate Risk Profile;
  5. The Management Accountability Framework (MAF) annual assessments of risk management practices;
  6. Integrated Risk Management (IRM) reports.

(Closed 2017-10-18)

Disclosed in part 491

File pertaining to the death of CRH Canada Group Inc. employee, Mr. Jean-Philippe Bourdeau, on October 16, 2017 around 8pm near the reconstruction site of the Turcot interchange in Montreal, Verdun district.
(Closed 2017-11-02)

All exempted 0

Train delays between Charny Station and Quebec City Station in the last 25 years.
(Closed 2017-11-03)

All disclosed 1122

Copies of internal reports on the subject of maintenance issues or problems on the VIA Rail route between Montreal and Quebec City from January 1st, 2015 to the most recent date available.
(Closed 2017-11-13)

Disclosed in part 17

A copy of the most up to date service agreement between VIA Rail and the Hudson Bay Railway Company.
(Closed 2017-11-14)

Disclosed in part