In celebration of the contribution of Canada’s military personnel, Canadian Forces members and veterans travel free on VIA Rail this July.
In addition, each active or retired Canadian Forces member may bring up to five immediate family members with them, at a 50 per cent discount off the applicable fares.
“As minister responsible for VIA Rail, I fully support VIA’s initiative to continue to honour Canadian Forces personnel and their families with these special fares,” said Minister of State (Transport) Rob Merrifield, who made the announcement with his colleagues at the Ottawa VIA station Wednesday.
“I’m proud to be a part of a government that honours Canada’s bravest and encourages them and their families to enjoy recreational time touring the country that they serve and protect,” said Transport and Infrastructure Minister John Baird.
This initiative will help soldiers to visit more of the country and meet the people whom they have committed to defend, said Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay.
In 2008, about 60,000 current or retired Canadian Forces personnel took advantage of VIA’s fare initiative.