VIA Rail Lays Off 1,000 Staff As Ridership Anticipated To Remain Low

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the travel industry, VIA Rail Canada says it will temporarily lay off approximately 1,000 unionized employees on 24JUL.

VIA Rail says it has observed recent positive developments in service resumption, but as many routes remain interrupted, the rail company is forced to adjust to the increasing financial impacts of the crisis.

"The current year has been filled with unprecedented challenges. First with the blockades in February and now with the ongoing pandemic, we have made every effort to protect our employees to the best of our abilities against the impacts of the service reductions," says Cynthia Garneau, President and Chief Executive Officer.

"Unfortunately, as we don't anticipate ridership to be back to pre-COVID-19 levels in the foreseeable future, we have had to make difficult decisions to deal with the situation as we gain a better understanding of the impacts of the pandemic on our operations."

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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