High Frequency Rail

High Frequency Rail (HFR) would transform passenger rail service in Canada. It would create a modern, resilient, and sustainable rail service that uses mostly dedicated and electrified tracks between Quebec City, Trois-Rivières, Montreal, Ottawa, Peterborough, and Toronto.

By providing more and better transportation options in Canada’s busiest travel corridor, High Frequency Rail would make rail more accessible and create more choices for where people can live and work. It would also support the long-term regional and economic growth of the country’s most densely populated region.

Please visit the High Frequency Rail website to learn more about this exciting and transformational project.

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Procurement process

High Frequency Rail is the largest transportation infrastructure project that Canada has seen in decades, and would be the biggest investment in Canadian passenger rail in a generation. Due to the project’s size and scope, the Government of Canada intends to leverage the world-class knowledge and expertise of private sector companies that have experience with designing and implementing complex infrastructure projects.

By choosing a private sector partner to work with us on this project, we would be able to deliver the best results for Canadians in a sustainable, reliable, accessible, and environmentally conscious way.

Request for Expression of Interest

On March 10, 2022, the Government of Canada launched the Request for Expressions of Interest, seeking the advice and views from industry on the High Frequency Rail project.

Launching the Request for Expressions of Interest is an important step in supporting the procurement phase for the High Frequency Rail project. It is an opportunity for us to ask for feedback from experienced private sector companies to help shape the project, including the procurement and project development stages. It is also an opportunity to provide information on the project so companies can prepare for future phases of the procurement process, including the Request for Qualifications and Request for Proposal.

As with any large infrastructure project, the Government of Canada is taking a phased approach to developing High Frequency Rail. Information collected throughout the procurement process would also help inform next steps and future Government of Canada decisions regarding the potential procurement process and implementation of High Frequency Rail.

Read the Request for Expression of Interest and participate in the process


As we move into this next phase of work, the Government of Canada is committed to engaging the public, including communities currently served by VIA Rail between Toronto and Quebec City, and consulting Indigenous peoples.

An inclusive and ongoing dialogue will create opportunities for the public, communities, and Indigenous peoples to share views and perspectives on all aspects of the project, which would help inform how this project is designed and developed.

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