Montreal Quebec - VIA Rail (VIA) was honoured today as the best employer in Quebec by the Canadian Forces Liaison Council (CFLC) in recognition of the company's outstanding support for members of Canada's Reserve Forces.
VIA received the "Award of Excellence for Best Practice in Employer Support for Canada's Reserve Forces" at a ceremony held at the Charles-Michel de Salaberry Armoury in Laval.
The event was attended by nearly a hundred representatives from the military community and hosted by Brigadier General Louis de Sousa.
Over the past few years, VIA has increased its efforts to support Canada's Reserve Forces and to encourage more veterans to join its staff.
The Crown corporation has, among other initiatives, worked with its reservist employees to implement a new leave policy allowing employees who are in the Reserves to continue their military training or participate in temporary missions during military operations in Canada and abroad.
Maintaining a long and proud tradition of supporting members of the military and veteran communities, VIA has also entered into various partnerships with organizations such as the Canada Company Military Employment Transition Program, and the Commissionaire's MISSION EMPLOI, both of which help former Canadian military members make the transition to civilian life.
Involvement with the Military Community
In addition to its partnerships with veteran-hiring groups, VIA also supports the military community through partnerships with the Royal Canadian Legion's national Poppy Campaign, True Patriot Love, and the Canadian Army Run.
VIA has also partnered with the Vimy Foundation for the inauguration of the new Interpretation Centre for Canadian History, and the centennial of victorious Battle of Vimy Ridge in France.
Furthermore, VIA offers a 25 percent reduction on the best available fare to members of the Canadian Forces, as well as veterans and their families.
Since 2010, over 160,000 military personnel have taken advantage of this offer and travelled on VIA trains.