The freight rail line between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury is closing at the end of this year.
Genesee & Wyoming, the American company that owns the line, says the shutdown of the Huron Central Railway will move ahead as planned – unless the government comes up with some funding.
Talks, which had been progressing well, had ground to a halt because of the pandemic.
The company says over 40 jobs will be lost if it goes ahead with the shutdown.