Tshiuetin Railway

Project Name: Tshiuetin Railway

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Partners: Transport Canada, The Société du Plan Nord, Tshiuetin Rail Transportation Inc. and Tshiuetin LP

Location: Northeastern Quebec and Western Labrador

Sector: Trade and Transportation

Participation: $50 million (financial close)

Description: Tshiuetin Rail Transportation Inc. is the first indigenous-owned railway in Canada and it is the lifeline for the northern communities it serves. Almost everything in Northeastern Quebec and Western Labrador region is transported by rail including food, fuel, building supplies, vehicles, household supplies and equipment, as well as medication. Community members rely on the rail service to access their remote and traditional hunting grounds safely.

Tshiuetin is the only readily accessible link connecting Schefferville, Quebec, and three First Nations: the Innu Takuaikan Uashat mak Mani-utenam, the Innu Nation of Matimekush-Lac John, and the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamac.

The project consists of new infrastructure and equipment upgrades to Tshiuetin Rail. Included in the upgrades are track structure improvements, modernization and construction of new worker lodging camp as well as a new train station. A new passenger train will be purchased with upgraded technology to enable LTE connection and improve train safety.

The project will better serve the needs of the indigenous communities along the route by increasing mobility, efficiency, safety as well as comfort. It will also improve the capacity and efficiency of freight services creating new economic and employment opportunities. More modern and fuel-efficient trains will also contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions along the corridor.

Benefits of the CIB Involvement

This is the first investment as part of the Indigenous Community Infrastructure Initiative (ICII) the CIB launched in March 2021 to enable the development of new Indigenous infrastructure projects.

The CIB will advise on the development of the Tshiuetin Railway project which includes comprehensive commercial appraisal and financial modelling.

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