Joint Investment Enhances Hudson Bay Railway, Connectivity

The Arctic Gateway Group, a partnership between 41 First Nation and Bayline communities, operates the Hudson Bay Railway to provide essential transportation to northern Manitoba communities. Today, a historic partnership between the governments of Canada and Manitoba was announced, with a joint investment of $147.6 million over two years to support the rail line and promote economic growth, sustainable job creation, and tourism opportunities in the region. The community-owned railway exemplifies ongoing efforts towards economic reconciliation in Canada.

Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson and the Honourable Daniel Vandal, member of Parliament for Saint Boniface – Saint Vital, Minister for PrairiesCan, Minister of Northern Affairs, and Minister for CanNor, unveiled the joint investment plan. The Government of Canada will contribute an additional $60 million to its existing support, while the Manitoba government will invest up to $73.8 million. The funds will be allocated over two years to facilitate significant upgrades, as well as the operation and maintenance of the Hudson Bay Railway.

The Hudson Bay Railway is the only year-round, all-weather mode of transportation for both passenger and freight trains to access several northern Manitoba communities. As such, it plays a crucial role in regional supply chains, local food security, and connectivity. The unique community-ownership model of the Arctic Gateway Group represents a significant step towards economic reconciliation in Canada.

The governments of Canada and Manitoba are committed to working together in support of reconciliation, regional connectivity, economic development, sustainable job growth, and local and international tourism opportunities in northern Manitoba. This historic partnership and investment in the Hudson Bay Railway underscores their dedication to these goals and the continued growth and prosperity of northern Manitoba communities.