WIN a Via Rail Prize pack worth $13K! 

How to Enter

  1. Register online for any 2019 Defeat Depression event across Canada 

  2. Raise $200 to support one of our local mental health charity partners and you are automatically entered.

  3. For every $200 you raise, you will receive an additional entry into the grand prize draw! 

What You Win?

The VIA Grand Prize Package includes (1) one round trip for (2) two people from Toronto to Vancouver in a sleeper + cabin, with double occupancy! 


   No other mode of transportation allows you to experience the country so intimately. For a stress-free journey where you can leisurely watch the countryside slip by as you enjoy all of the comfort and ease that is afforded by spacious seats, there’s nothing like it. And only the train allows you to meet and mingle so freely with one’s fellow passengers. No matter where you travel in this vast nation, the train will get you there efficiently, affordably, safely, and with unparalleled serenity 

Meals Included

The journey on board will include one

  • Sleeper Plus Class cabin for two to rest soundly

  • Priority boarding for you and a guest

  • Access to the Toronto lounge upon departure

  • Meals and non-alcoholic beverages on board

The same incredible features are applicable for the return trip from Vancouver!

Fundraising Incentives

When you raise $100 or more you receive REWARDS:

  • Wristband ($100)

  • Sport Towel ($250)

  • Baseball Cap ($500)

  • Windbreaker Jacket ($1000)



Media Release

VIA Rail Canada continues its partnership with Mood Disorders Society of Canada to Defeat Depression!

Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) is very pleased to announce that VIA Rail Canada is again sponsoring the national Defeat Depression campaign.  


VIA Rail’s sponsorship aligns with their mission to ‘strive to make a real difference in the communities we call home’.   VIA will be supporting the campaign through a Pan-Canadian travel package worth $13,000. This partnership brings exciting campaign news for the 2019 Defeat Depression event participants and is sure to encourage even more people to take part in supporting the mental health programs and services in their communities.   “Via Rail Canadas’ support of the national Defeat Depression campaign continues to illustrate that as Via Rail touches communities from coast to coast, so does our efforts to defeat depression and the impact that it has on all communities nationally!”, states MDSC’s National Executive Director, Dave Gallson.


VIA Rail has generously provided a grand prize package for a return trip for 2 people travelling from Toronto to Vancouver, return trip, in a sleeper + cabin for two.  This exciting travel package is worth $13,000. Go to the Defeat Depression website to join the campaign, to review eligibility requirements and to take part in this exciting opportunity for a trip of a life-time while supporting mental health across the country.  


Defeat Depression is a national mental health fundraising campaign created by MDSC that supports local community mental health organizations. All across Canada, volunteers organize walks, runs and other physical and social activities to raise funds to be used locally.


About the Mood Disorders Society of Canada

MDSC was incorporated in 2001 with the overall objective of improving access to treatment, inform research, and shape program development and government policies with the goal of improving the quality of life for people affected by mood disorders. MDSC is an extremely active organization that strives on supporting persons with mental illness in all aspects of their lives. We provide extensive educational resources, workplace mental health programs, peer and trauma support and veterans’ programs that have a direct positive impact on the lives of Canadians, their families and caregivers.


For more information:


Tel:  613-921-5565






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Phone: (613) 921-5565


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