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Transportation industry responds to help Canadians affected by Alberta fires


TORONTO, Ont. and MONTREAL, Que. and CALGARY, Alta.–The trucking and rail industries in Canada are responding to help the tens of thousands of Canadians whose lives have been turned upside down by the devastating fires in Alberta.

The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is asking its membership of 4500 Canadian motor carriers to help these Canadians in need by making donations to the Red Cross. To kick-off the donation drive CTA is contributing $12,000 to the Red Cross Alberta Fires donation appeal.

“We appreciate the effort from everyone across Canada. It is a dire event and any help we can get is appreciated greatly,” said CTA Chairperson Gene Orlick. Orlick runs a trucking company in Rocky View, Alta. and is also Chair of the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA).

CTA is encouraging those wishing to make larger corporate donations in support of the Fort McMurray wildfire disaster to do so here. For those in the industry who may want to make smaller donations, CTA and AMTA is encouraging the industry to donate $5 by texting REDCROSS to 30333.

Canadian Pacific will make a donation of $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross – and match all employee donations – to support fire relief efforts in and around Fort McMurray, Alberta, the company announced.

CP is also releasing additional resources to support firefighting efforts in the area.

As an Alberta based company, CP said it stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Fort McMurray, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and all affected residents and customers in Northern Alberta as they deal with this catastrophic event.

To support the ongoing and necessary efforts, CP is also encouraging its employees to make a donation to the Canadian Red Cross, which CP will match.

CN Rail is donating C$50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross in support of relief efforts to aid victims of the wildfires in Northern Alberta. In addition, CN will match employee donations to wildfire relief up to a total of C$25,000, it said.

“The devastating impact of the wildfires in the Fort McMurray area saddens us all,” said Jim Vena, executive vice president and chief operating officer of CN. “We want to help relief efforts to help address the suffering and loss caused by this disaster. We are encouraging our employees to support their colleagues, custome and neighbours in Northern Alberta, and hope our collective contributions can help provide some of the immediate relief so desperately needed.”

CN is encouraging employees to donate to the relief efforts through the CN Employees’ and Pensioners’ Community Fund.