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An Extraordinary Gift! VIA is offering new Canadian citizens an opportunity to discover Canada by train.

July 5th 2012 by Yves Desjardins-Siciliano

On July 1st of this year, VIA Rail Canada announced a new partnership with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship which will allow new Canadian citizens to discover their adopted country by train. The train offers an exceptional way to discover the natural splendours, cultural attractions and rich history of the country found in Canadian cities and towns from coast to coast.

During their citizenship ceremony, the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, through the support of the Department of Citizenship and Immigration, introduces each new citizen (roughly 170,000 per year) to the Cultural Access Pass. This initiative encourages new Canadian citizens to discover their home country by providing free access to over 1,000 attractions across Canada for one year; including a variety of historic sites, museums, national and provincial parks.  Even better, the Pass is valid not only for the new Citizens, but also for their children, so the whole family can experience our amazing country together.

With a network that extends fromVancouver to Halifax, serving some 450 communities across the country, it was clear to us at VIA Rail that we wanted to take part in this very rewarding initiative. What better way to discoverCanadafrom coast to coast than by train?

Therefore VIA Rail is now offering all new Citizens who are members of the CAP program, a 50% discount on the lowest available fare on any VIA train. The offer applies  to any class, both one‑way and round trips, with no blackout periods, to all new Citizens and up to four of their children under the age of 18. 

We are excited to announce that this is a truly unique and exclusive offer, and the first of its kind.

On a personal note, I would love to hear about the experience of seeing our country through new eyes, and would like to invite and encourage any new Citizens who takes advantage of this offer to share their experience either on our blog or our Facebook page (

For more information on this offer, please visit

About Yves Desjardins-Siciliano

Yves Desjardins-Siciliano
Yves Desjardins-Siciliano was appointed President and CEO of VIA Rail in May, 2014. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano was the Corporation's Chief Corporate & Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary. He has over 30 years’ experience in legal, regulatory and government relations, business and corporate development, marketing communications and finance. Past President of the Canadian Bar Association, Quebec Division, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano was also Chief of Staff to the federal Minister of Labour and Minister of State for Transport from 1989 to 1991.
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