CN RAIL WINTER UPDATE January 28, 2019

Please see the note below that Maritime-Ontario received from CN Rail…

CN is expecting severe cold weather conditions in our Canadian and US Midwest rail network. As part of CN’s winter preparedness and train operating plan, when cold temperatures fall below -25C, to ensure safe train operations, train length restrictions go into effect.

As a result, our trains operating in the corridors from Toronto and Chicago through to the Prairies have to be shorter trains, which may mean reduced weekly capacity.

To support our winter train operating plan, we have moved crews and locomotives into key locations. We are committed to moving your goods as safely and quickly as possible. However, the weather outlook predicts this Arctic cold will persist for another 5-7 days in key areas.


NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR January 24th, 2019.

Please be advised that we anticipate some minor service disruptions over the next few days on traffic bound for the province of Newfoundland & Labrador.

Recent record breaking low temperatures in central and eastern Canada have created significant flash freezing of the St.Lawrence river east of the Port of Montreal. Vessel traffic east of Montreal has been impacted and delaying vessel departures bound for Newfoundland & Labrador. While very unusual we have been advised that vessel operations should normalize in the coming days with the aid of The Canadian Coast Guard ice breaking operations. Service delays should be anticipated as a result.

Additional updates will be made available as they become available.

WEATHER ALERT – January 23, 2019


Please be advised that due to extreme weather in the local Montreal & Ottawa regions we are experiencing both delivery and pick up delays. Likewise, in the greater Toronto region we are experiencing delays due to a snow, freezing rain and rain mix.
Please note that we are doing our very best to maintain service in keeping with our “SAFETY FIRST POLICY”.
Thank you for your patience & understanding

WEATHER ALERT: January 21st, 2019.

Environment Canada has issued an “EXTREME COLD WARNING” with wind chill values falling to as low as -38 degrees C for many parts of Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.
Additionally, many regions of Quebec and parts of Atlantic Canada are cleaning up after this weekends snow storm and freezing rain events.
Travel is difficult in many of these regions, and as a result we are experiencing both pick up and delivery delays. Some highways are closed in Ottawa as well as New Brunswick this morning with advisories to stay off the roads.
Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines in keeping with its “SAFETY FIRST” policy is operating where possible, but delays should be anticipated for at least the next 24 to 48 hours.


Two convoys of vehicles slowed traffic on stretches of Canada’s busiest highway Friday morning in Ontario in a show of solidarity with an anti-pipeline protest in British Columbia.

One rolled westbound from the eastern part of the province, while the other began in southwestern Ontario and headed east. Both left before dawn and disrupted traffic during the morning rush hour.

One fleet left from the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne, about 86 kilometres southeast of Ottawa, and travelled about 50 km/h as it moved toward Belleville, Ont. People from the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, just south of Montreal, joined those from Akwesasne.

Please be patient, as our drivers are doing their best to get back to Toronto area or out to Ottawa/Montreal as quickly as they can.


New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

Strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring.

An intensifying low pressure system will approach in the East today. Strengthening southeasterly winds can be expected today with gusts near 90 km/h by noon. Winds will ease this evening.

Additionally, snow ahead of this system will begin this morning and change over to rain by the afternoon. This snow combined with high winds will reduce visibility in blowing snow. Snowfall amounts of near 10 centimetres are expected. Rain will taper to showers this evening.

Snowfall with total amounts of 15 to 25 cm is expected. Snow at times heavy this morning will gradually change to rain over New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island,
southern and eastern New Brunswick through the day today before tapering to scattered showers and then flurries tonight. Over northwestern sections of the province accumulating snow will continue into Thursday morning followed by improving conditions.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas.

Please note that due to weather issues and the safety of our drivers and staff, our Prince Edward Island location has closed for the day.


Some freezing rain possible this evening.

A weak band of light snow at times mixed with ice pellets may affect the area from midday into the afternoon. Latest analysis is suggesting that very little accumulation is likely, with only a trace to perhaps a couple of centimetres possible.

A more significant area of precipitation is expected to move into the area early this evening. A brief period of freezing rain is possible in the evening before precipitation changes to rain, especially for areas away from Lake Ontario.

Motorists are urged to exercise caution, particularly this evening, as untreated roads may become slippery. There may be an impact on the evening commute.


Blizzard conditions with gusty winds and visibility frequently near zero in snow and blowing snow is occurring.

Conditions expected to deteriorate as snow redevelops near noon with strong northwesterly winds and falling temperatures in the afternoon. Winds will gust up to 110 km/h and combine with an additional 10 cm of snow to cause whiteout conditions Wednesday night.

Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow.



Brampton, Ontario.
December 28th, 2018.

Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines Limited is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Walker to the position of President effective December 11th, 2018.

Chris brings extensive management and leadership skills to Maritime-Ontario having held the position of President of Rogue Transportation for 13 years, and most recently the position of President of SameDay Courier, a division of the Day & Ross Transport Group of companies.

“I’m delighted to have been selected as the President of such a strong brand and leader in the Canadian Transportation sector. I look forward to working with the Maritime-Ontario leadership team, which notably includes Doug Munro, who has assumed the role as Chief Executive Officer. Our path forward is exciting in keeping with our commitment to our valued customers, that we will continue to do our very best each and everyday. Our team is fully committed to maintaining these core values of our past, and will strengthen and drive further efficiencies and opportunities for the future of this great Canadian brand.”

About Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines.

Established in 1962, Maritime-Ontario Freight Lines Limited is a fully integrated transportation company providing multi-modal services throughout Canada. The M-O brand is well known for providing sustainable transportation solutions to its customers backed by a wealth of more than 50 years of experience. Services include less than truck load, truck load and dedicated services for both dry and refrigerated cargo. Maritime-Ontario also celebrates its 15th year as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, nine of which have been at the Platinum Club status.


Freezing precipitation is expected over these areas.

The freezing precipitation is current on Ottawa area, and will reach Central Quebec this afternoon and the Lower St Lawrence this evening. The freezing rain will then affect some areas until Saturday morning.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery

Please be patient as there may be some delays.