Did you know that Canada’s railway industry employs almost 35,000 people from coast to coast? It’s also one of Canada’s largest employers and one of our most important industries! And, since a large percentage of the industry’s workforce is approaching retirement, there are more and more exciting career opportunities available. Want to learn more about Canada’s railways? Watch Video
Many people don’t realize that there are actually 5 types of railway operations in Canada. They include:
- Freight - Class I Railways
These consist of the Canadian National Railway Company (CN) and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP), which ship automobiles, minerals, coal, grains, lumber, containers and many other types of freight.
- Short Line and Regional Railways
These railways operate over relatively short distances. They take from and feed into the long haul, high volume lines.
- Passenger Rail Operations
These are railways that move people from place to place. Passenger rail companies, like Via Rail Canada, play a major role in moving people from city to city.
- Commuter Rail Operations
These railways help handle the commuter transportation needs within Canada’s larger cities and service 60 million people annually!
- Tourist Rail Operations
These serve the tourist appetite for adventure, eco-tours, leisure and luxury travel.
Canada’s railways make a significant contribution to our economy. Using state-of-the-art technology, rail is one of the safest and environmentally friendly modes of transportation.
Find out more about how you can begin your career in rail today!