Environmental Benefits of Rail

Railroads are responsible for only 1.1% of Canada’s total GHG emission and, 3.5% of Canada’s transportation sector GHG emissions.

Canada’s Railway Profile

Take a look at the impact Canadian railways have on the country. This includes economic and environmental numbers.

Shortline Railway Profile

Shortline railway operators are often one of the first links in the essential Canadian supply chains. These companies support local economies while providing a lower impact way to move what Canada needs.

FCM – RAC Proximity Initiative

Since 2003, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Railway Association of Canada have been working together to raise awareness of proximity issues that occur when developments are located next to railway operations.

2021 Provincial / Regional Profiles

Canada’s Railways: An industry with impact. Provincial/Regional profiles: freight traffic, employees and members, taxes, investments, infrastructure and fuel.

Canada’s Railway’s: Part of the climate change solution

CANADA’S RAILWAYS: Part of the climate change solution

Canada has pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40 to 45 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 Canada’s freight and passenger railways can play a vital role in reaching that goal through their exceptional fuel economy and longstanding commitment to reducing GHG emissions

Enabling Canada’s world-class supply chain

This year, Canadian Class 1 railways are expected to invest a record $5.5 billion of capital back into their networks. These investments in infrastructure and equipment are enabling railways to better serve their customers by enhancing the safety, eciency and resiliency of the rail network. The results of these investments are reflected in Canada’s world-class supply chain that benefits farmers, shippers, passengers, and the entire Canadian economy.

Canada’s Railways: Safety Always Boards First

Canadian railways are among the safest in the world -something we are extremely proud of. Our members follow strict guidelines to ensure that Canadians who work in rail or who live near rail are always protected.

Rail Trends 2021 Infographic

Rail trends: continued growth for Canada’s rail industry 2021. Freight traffic, employment, safety, railway infrastructure, investment, taxes, passenger transportation.


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