Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, citizens won’t be able to enjoy the Holiday Train tradition this year. Canadian Pacific (CP) announced on September 24 that it will donate to food banks in communities in its network and host a virtual concert instead.
With the modified program, CP wants to draw attention to food security issues.
« COVID-19 has created many challenges for communities across our network and has only increased the need at local food banks and food shelves, » said CP President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Creel.
He adds that the spirit of the Holiday Train program and the Christmas spirit will carry on this year through the virtual concert.
The CP Train Holiday event started in 1999 and travels accross Canada and the northen U.S. raising money, collecting food and drawing attention to the important work of local food banks. It normally stops in Kahnawake, Delson and Saint-Constant in the area.
In 21 years, the event raised $17.8 million and collected 4.8 million pounds of food for local food banks in communities along CP’s network.
CP intends to resume operating the annual train tour in 2021. Details about the virtual concert will be communicated closer to the event.