Why choose a career in rail?

By choosing a career in the rail industry, you’ll join the more than 33,000 Canadians working in railway operations, maintenance, technology, customer service and leadership positions. Railway employees earn an average of $88,000 a year – among the highest annual earnings in Canadian industry.

You’ll also have the opportunity to work at one of Canada's largest employers (CN or CP),  or at a smaller rail business.

Training Programs - Railway Conductor Program

The Railway Conductor Program helps to prepare students for a career in operations in the Canadian railway industry. Developed in consultation with Canada’s railways and offered by a select number of colleges across the country, the program combines classroom instruction with hands-on learning in lab facilities, industrial sites and rail yards, to simulate real working conditions.

Students learn the Canadian Rail Operating Rules, and key skills such as switching and marshalling cars, handling dangerous goods, performing inspections, and keeping records.

Canadian English-Language Railway Conductor Programs

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) - Vancouver 
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) - Calgary 
Red River College (RRC) - Winnipeg 
Lambton College - Sarnia - Now accepting students for January 2017
Confederation College - Thunder Bay - To come in 2017

Canadian Bilingual Railway Conductor Programs

Champlain College – Saint-Lambert - To come in 2017


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Rail Trends

The Railway Association of Canada's Rail Trends provides a ten-year composite of financial and operating statistics for a comprehensive review of the business of transporting goods and people by rail in Canada. This review covers virtually all interveners of rail - the Class 1s, regional freight companies, short lines, intercity passenger, commuter and tourist train... MORE >