Get on board
Jobs in rail offer fulfilling careers, well-paying jobs and a flexible work life, on and off the tracks. No matter what you trained for, Canada’s rail industry has a job for you! Scroll below to learn more about your next career in rail, connect with training resources, or find answers to frequently asked questions about jobs in rail.
Why work in rail?
Canada’s railways power our economy ― transporting tens of millions of passengers and approximately $320 billion worth of goods across our country each year. Not only do railways move people and goods safely and efficiently, but trains relieve road congestion and are highly fuel-efficient, helping to limit harmful emissions to our environment.
By choosing a career in the rail industry, you’ll join the close over 33,000 Canadians working in railway operations, maintenance, technology, customer service and leadership positions. Railway employees earn an average of more than $100,000 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. Scroll through the images below to see the many types of Canadian railways in operation today. You may also want to take our short quiz, to see if you have what it takes for a career in rail.