SYSTRA CANADA: An Innovative Driver of Quebec’s Energy Transition

SYSTRA Canada will be responsible for the design of the charging systems, assisting the STTR with calls for tenders, and overseeing the procurement, installation and commissioning of the charging and charge management systems.


The STTR is committed to providing optimal mobility services, thereby promoting the development and vitality of the city of Trois-Rivières. It operates not only urban transit and paratransit services, with a fleet of 62 12-m buses and 15 paratransit vehicles.

As part of its innovative ecological approach, the STTR wants to reduce its GHG emissions by propelling its transition to electrification. Simultaneously, it is grasping the opportunity to modernize its infrastructures to optimize their performance.

This project testifies to our customers’ renewed confidence when it comes to our expertise in supporting them in the energy transition of their bus fleets. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, noise reduction and improved passenger comfort, to name but a few benefits, represent a significant step towards improving the quality of life of citizens and making a positive contribution to preserving the environment. As a team specialized in electromobility, we are proud to play a key role in this sustainable evolution.

Carlos Hernandez, Project Manager Electromobility – SYSTRA Canada


SYSTRA Canada previously assessed the energy requirements, as well as the required number and type of charging stations, to ensure the continuity of STTR’s operation.

This analysis was carried out using our dedicated in-house tools, Wild Turkey and TESS. This in-depth analysis will enable us to design the optimum configuration for the layout of the chargers and electrical rooms, ensuring an infrastructure perfectly adapted to the specific needs of the project.


This electrification project will enable the STTR, over the medium term, to improve the quality of their service whilst significantly reducing operating costs.

SYSTRA Canada assists the city of Matagami in improving transhipment yard

The City of Matagami, located in the Jamésie territory in the southern part of the Nord-du-Québec region, wishes to offer its population the best possible living environment, namely by creating permanent jobs at its transshipment center.

The city wants to leverage its long-term mining development potential with the gradual commissioning of three lithium mines, thus generating an increase in rail traffic.


As a first step, we developed a trusting relationship with the City and the Matagami Development Corporation during the feasibility phases for required modifications to the transshipment yard. Subsequently, we will be carrying out engineering studies, assisting the City in the selection of the contractor, and ensuring that the works are carried out in accordance with plans and standards.

This is an essential project for the people of Matagami and their future. The transhipment yard should lead to the creation of around 15 to 20 new permanent jobs, which is significant for the scale of this community. Alongside the town and its development corporation, SYSTRA Canada is mobilizing its expertise in heavy rail, one of the areas in which we are most firmly rooted in the country.

Maria-Pia Longo, P.Eng., PMP
Tarek Khoury, P.Eng., M.Eng.


The transshipment yard is located at the end of the rail line and at the beginning of the Billy-Diamond Highway (until 2020, it was known as the James Bay Highway). From this location, the road offers transportation options not available elsewhere, reducing procurement and shipping costs.


  • 15 to 20 jobs will be created
  • Increase from 800 to 8,000 railcars per year
  • 4 additional kilometres of new rail
Major Milestone for VIA Rail & SYSTRA Canada

VIA Rail Canada (VIA), a Canadian Crown corporation mandated to operate intercity passenger rail service, put its brand-new fleet in service in the Quebec City – Windsor corridor last September, providing passengers with a more comfortable, sustainable, and accessible train service, while improving the environmental footprint through advanced energy-efficient technology.

This latest development in VIA’s history marks a major milestone for SYSTRA Canada which has provided consulting services, together with CH2M Jacobs, for all phases of the company’s Fleet Replacement Program since 2017.

The commissioning of the first fleet is a successful milestone for the project teams and VIA, a long-standing client that we have been supporting for decades. The success of our assignment would not have been possible without the experience and expertise of our specialists who were familiar with all stages of design, production, and deployment of the new fleet.

Stephan Krajicek, Project Manager


Having provided assistance in completing the existing preliminary RFP documentation, our experts then supported VIA during the tendering phase. Finally, the Contract Execution Phase consisted in providing project management, administration, and engineering services, risk assessment support, design reviews, pre-service testing and commissioning, and continued support through acceptance and post-delivery.


The new trains are from Seimens with Charger Diesel motors and Venture carriages designed for the North American market.

Photo: Reece Martin


The Quebec-Windsor corridor is the busiest line in Canada, with 36 daily trips and more than 4 million annual passengers. It is also the busiest service on the VIA Rail network, accounting for 96% of its traffic in 2019.

key features: VIA’S NEW FLEET

  • Rolling stock: Siemens Venture trainsets;
  • Estimated life span: 30 years; 
  • Maximum speed: 201 km/h;
  • Braking distance at 160 km/h: 1,430 m (16 football fields);
  • Estimated distance to be covered annually: 320,000 km (8 times around the world);
  • Autonomy in kilometres: 2,113 km, (a little more than the distance between Toronto and Miami).
SYSTRA Qualifies for the Largest Infrastructure Project in Canada in Generations


Cadence, a World-class Consortium, Qualifies for the High Frequency Rail (HFR) Call for Proposals

Montreal, July 20, 2023 – Cadence is delighted by the announcement from the Government of Canada that it has qualified for the procurement process of the High Frequency Rail (HFR) project along the Quebec City-Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto corridor.

Cadence intends to submit a high-quality proposal during the next phase of this procurement process for this fundamental Canadian project.  The consortium wishes to respond to the challenges of connectivity and population mobility, and to contribute to the objectives of GHG emissions reduction and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. 

About Cadence

Composed of CDPQ Infra, SNC-Lavalin (Atkins), Keolis, and SYSTRA, Cadence is a consortium of world-renowned companies with a vast expertise and know-how in the design, development, and operation of large-scale transportation infrastructures.

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Modernization of Rolling Stock for exo

A year after winning an initial contract to support the acquisition of new locomotives, exo has called on the expertise of SYSTRA Canada’s Rolling Stock Business Unit for a major new project. Under this new mandate, we will be exo’s technical engineering representative for locomotive refurbishment.

To this end, SYSTRA Canada will mobilize a team of multidisciplinary experts, including an on-site expert to ensure that the work is carried out according to the technical specifications, that quality processes are respected, and to attend all qualification tests.

We are delighted to have been awarded this engineering technical representative contract, which demonstrates SYSTRA Canada’s expertise in rolling stock and the strength of our relationship with exo. We are also very pleased to continue improving the passenger experience and expanding mobility in Montreal.

David Anglin, Vice President, Rolling Stock

Exo, a major commuter train network in Greater Montreal

Since June 1, 2017, exo has been operating public bus and paratransit services in the north and south shores, as well as the train network in the Montreal metropolitan area. As the second-largest public transit operator in Greater Montreal, its network includes 5 train lines, 235 bus lines and 85 automobile transit lines.


Vice President – Rolling Stock

SYSTRA Canada included in the Fonds écoleader directory


The Fonds écoleader advisors will direct you to the experts, funding sources and tools that will allow you to carry out an ecoresponsibility project that corresponds to your profile and needs. The Fund aims to guide and support Quebec businesses in the integration of a wide range of ecoresponsible business practices and clean technologies.

How can SYSTRA Canada help you?

Low-carbon mobility is a response to the challenges of the energy transition and is becoming more and more a part of our daily lives. The mission of SYSTRA Canada, a member of the SYSTRA Group – a signature team in mobility worldwide, is to support you in developing solutions built with your entire ecosystem and to facilitate their implementation. Since 2018, we offer expertise and a suite of tools that we have developed to assist our partners in their fleet electrification projects, thus enabling them to successfully transition while minimizing risks. We will help you reduce the environmental footprint of your fleet throughout its life cycle. We will adapt infrastructure and fleet choices without compromising service continuity. The cost of ownership of vehicles and infrastructure will be optimized and the investment and risk of electrifying your fleet will be minimized.

Visit the Fonds écoleader web site to learn more (available in French only).


+800 projects accepted

+1,250 companies funded

+40 % clean technology projects


Director, Systems Operation, Maintenance & Electromobility – Transit