On board for good

Building on the foundations VIA Rail has laid over the past decades, sustainability continues to be a cornerstone to our mandate, values and commitment to deliver a more modern and sustainable transportation network.

We are now more than ever on board for good.


Our 2021-2025 Sustainability Plan

Our robust and future-oriented sustainability plan focuses on environmental, social and governance pillars to help us reduce our environmental footprint, enhance our role as a responsible transportation provider and create lasting value for present and future generations.
Read the plan   Read the 2023 update

Supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Our participation to the United Nations Global Compact enables us to reinforce our commitment to sustainability by joining a global movement and by advancing broader societal goals – the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

Our Sustainability Plan contributes to the UN SDGs, focusing on the goals where we have the most impact.

5 Gender equality

Gender equality

8 Decent work and economic growth

Decent work and economic growth

9 Industry innovation and infrastructure

Industry innovation and infrastructure

11 Sustainable cities and communities

Sustainable cities and communities

12 Responsible consumption and production

Responsible consumption and production

13 Climate action

Climate action

Learn more about our sustainability initiatives

View of a lake and forest from a train window


We improve our environmental performance to minimize emissions and waste in our operations.

Smiling VIA Rail employee in front of a train

Our people

We foster a safe and inclusive culture and support employees to become sustainability ambassadors.

Family sitting on a bench with boy jumping off it


We engage with community partners to extend our reach and demonstrate excellence in sustainability.

Performance overview

Reinforcing our reporting mechanisms in sustainability is one of our priorities. We ensure we adhere to recognized standards that our shareholder, the Government of Canada, as well as our stakeholders can use to adequately compare our performance to others.

Consult an overview of our performance regarding the environment, employees, as well as health and safety.

View our data tables

Our latest initiatives


Progressing on Our Path to a Zero-Waste Experience


Moving towards a more sustainable future with artificial intelligence

Sustainability initiative

A responsible sourcing policy to create lasting value for Canadians

Sustainability initiative

Gold LEED® Certification for Ottawa station