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Historic Railway Station To Be St. Thomas Showpiece

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Historic Railway Station To Be St. Thomas Showpiece

Province Supports St. Thomas Downtown Revitalization Project

Ontario is investing in the restoration of the Canada Southern Railway Station.

The province is providing $500,000 to help revive the Canada Southern Railway Station to make it the centre-piece for downtown St. Thomas. This project will see the restoration of the interior of the station to make room for the North America Railway Hall of Fame and four additional tenants. New signage, landscaping, park benches and street lighting are also planned to enhance the surrounding area and make it a welcoming place for vendors, employers and the residents of St. Thomas.

The funding is part of the Rural Economic Development Program which invests in community-based projects in three priority areas:
•Improved access to health care services
•Revitalized communities and downtowns
•Enhanced skills training.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2003, Ontario has invested $60.1 million in 183 projects through the Rural Economic Development Program.
  • St. Thomas, Ontario is known as the Railway Capital of Canada. By 1914, eight different railways were operating in St. Thomas with more than 100 trains a day passing through the city.
  • The Horton Farmers' Market was established in 1878 and is a community-driven market committed to providing fresh products from local producers to St. Thomas and area.

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“I would like to congratulate the City of St. Thomas and its partners on their initiative to restore the historic Railway Station. I look forward to touring this restored historical site in the future.”

Leona Dombrowsky

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“We are pleased with the support of the Ontario Government for this initiative. With this funding, the vision of making downtown St. Thomas a destination of choice in Southwestern Ontario will be strengethened.”

Cliff Barwick

Mayor, St. Thomas



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