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OTTAWA, March 28, 2023 — The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) calls the federal government’s move to resurrect the failed policy of extended regulated interswitching misguided and harmful to Canada’s supply chains. “This policy will cause Canadians to pay more for virtually everything that moves by rail,” says Marc Brazeau, the RAC’s President and CEO. […]

Independent report confirms Canada’s freight railways are among world’s lowest cost to shippers

OTTAWA – February 13, 2023  – A leading independent global transportation consulting firm, CPCS, says Canada’s rail freight rates are the lowest of major market-based economies in the world it surveyed, including the United States. The findings, contained in a new CPCS report entitled International Comparison of Rail Freight Rates, concluded that Canada’s average rail freight rate […]

Canadian Railway Hall of Fame

2023 Call for Nominations Railways are a backbone of Canada’s economy and play a vital role in connecting our communities despite vast distances and diverse geography. Each year, Canada’s railways – both freight and passenger – move Canada forward, getting $350 billion worth of goods and millions of passengers where they need to be safely […]

Moving Canada Forward: Rail Trends 2022

Today, the Railway Association of Canada (RAC) released the 30th edition of the Rail Trends report – a rolling, 10-year review of financial and statistical results.

Developing a Rail Decarbonization Roadmap for Canada

The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) has filed with Transport Canada (TC) its latest Locomotive Emissions Monitoring (LEM) report. It shows a decline in both GHG intensity and Criteria Air Contaminants (CACs) despite increases in freight and passenger rail traffic across the country.

Technology investments by Canada’s railways leading way to net-zero future

Ottawa, November 3, 2022 – Pioneering investments by Canadian railways in fleet renewal, fuel-saving technologies, employee training and low-carbon fuels are driving emissions reductions in the rail sector.  The Locomotive Emissions Monitoring (LEM) report, released today by the Railway Association of Canada (RAC), provides an overview of 2020 rail performance, including:   Freight and passenger rail […]

CN & CP 2022-2023 Winter Plans

Section 151.01(2) of the Canada Transportation Act requires that Class 1 railways provide a yearly assessment of their ability to move commodities during the cold season to keep all the supply chain members focused on moving freight under winter conditions. Please see below for links to CN & CP’s latest Winter Plans. CN Winter Plan […]

LEM 2019: The Canadian Rail Industry – Reducing Emissions and Investing in Innovation

Ottawa, January 26, 2022 – Canada’s railways continued to make progress towards their greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets, all while leading the way in the creation of green technology. The latest Locomotive Emissions Monitoring (LEM) report, released today by the Railway Association of Canada (RAC), documents emissions of GHGs and criteria air contaminants (CACs) from […]

Rail Trends 2021: An Unprecedented Year

RAC released the 29th edition of the Rail Trends report – showcasing the performance of Canadian railways over the 2011 to 2020 period. “2020 was a year like no other” explains Marc Brazeau, President and CEO of the RAC. “While these were unprecedented times, railways from coast to coast showed resiliency by managing the volatility presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. This proves that the rail industry is strong and will continue to be the backbone of Canada’s economy”.