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Love connecting Indigenous people throughout Canada
Engaging with Indigenous communities
VIA Rail connects Indigenous communities across Canada and proudly maintains strong relationships with various Indigenous non-profits and organizations to assist in local events. Travelling by train helps ensure the wellbeing of future generations.
Supporting economic development
By partnering with organizations such as the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), VIA Rail has committed to cultivating lasting relationships with Indigenous companies, while prioritizing their growth through economic activities made possible by the train.
Promoting an inclusive and diverse workplace
VIA Rail is dedicated to increasing the representation of Indigenous people in its workforce and providing an environment that’s progressive, stimulating and welcoming. VIA is also launching several large-scale projects, such as the introduction of a new, more eco-friendly fleet.
Such forward-thinking initiatives have spurred demand for skilled individuals on board, in stations, at maintenance centres, as well as within VIA’s teams of professionals and executives.
Instructions and conditions for booking
- Step 1
- Create a VIA Rail profile Create a VIA Rail profile or log in;
- Step 2
- You may also contact VIA Rail customer service at 1 888 VIA-RAIL (1 888 842-7245) or 1 800 268-9503 (for the hearing impaired);
- Step 3
Book a one-way or round-trip ticket by choosing the class and fare plan in applicable booking classes.
The Indigenous fare is applicable to these classes only:
Economy class: Economy Plus
Business class: Business Plus
Sleeper Plus class: “Non-Discounted” Sleeper class
Touring class: Touring
On the “Passenger Information” screen, select the “Promotional or Convention Discount”, and enter the discount code “13299” (no serial number is required).
- Step 4
Once on board, passengers must present one of the following pieces of ID.
Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS)
Métis National Council (and its regional organizations) :
Métis Nation of Ontario, Manitoba Métis Federation, Métis Nation of Saskatchewan, Métis Nation of Alberta, Métis Nation British Columbia
Inuit Land Claim Beneficiary Cards :
Nunavut, Nunatsiavut, Inuvialuit Region, Nunavik
No ID is required for children 15 or under if they are accompanied by an adult with the appropriate documentation.
If you are travelling between two reserves, you will not have to pay GST. Note: Some Indigenous statuses may be eligible for a GST exemption. This option is NOT available when booking online. Eligible passengers wishing to take advantage of the exemption must book directly with a VIA agent or with a travel agent and pick up their tickets directly from a train station.
QST applies on all taxable services provided off reservation.
The The Government of Ontario announced that as of September 1, 2010, First Nations card holders are exempt from the provincial part of the HST for eligible off-reserve purchases only. Passenger transportation is not part of the eligible purchases. First Nations card holders must therefore pay HST. Passengers presenting other types of ID: please apply for the “Certificate of Indian Status” card through the Canadian government.
- The discount does not apply to rates for Prestige or Sleeper classes on Discount Tuesdays.
- Other booking classes might offer lower rates. VIA Rail recommends you check the different classes to ensure you pay the lowest fare possible for your travel needs.