News Releases

RAC Comments on Latest Ministerial Orders

OTTAWA – MARCH 12, 2021  – The RAC is reviewing two Ministerial Orders issued on March 10th respecting uncontrolled movement. While uncontrolled movements rarely occur, RAC and its members have been proactively working for over a year to propose regulatory changes for Rollaway Protection Systems on locomotives. In support of these proposed changes, the RAC and […]

Another Strong Year for Canadian Railways

OTTAWA – MARCH 12, 2021  – The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) today released its latest Rail Trends report – showcasing the performance of Canadian railways over the 2010 to 2019 period. “2019 was another strong year for Canadian railroaders” said Marc Brazeau, President and CEO of the RAC. “While setting all-time records in passenger […]

RAC 2021 Ontario Pre-Budget Submission

On Friday, February 12th, the Railway Association of Canada (RAC) filed it’s 2021 Pre-Budget Submission to the Ontario Ministry of Finance.  This was in addition to the RAC’s participation in the Ontario Government’s 2021 Budget Consultation session (Ottawa Townhall), which took place on Friday, January 29th. The submission outlines 4 key recommendations: Create a provincial […]

Canada’s 2020 Fiscal Update

Today, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, released Supporting Canadians and Fighting COVID-19: Fall Economic Statement 2020. The full statement can be viewed here: The following is a summary of the fiscal update, with an emphasis on measures that are of significance to Canada’s railway operators: To support businesses […]

Railway Association of Canada Reacts to Duty and Rest Period Rules

On November 25, 2020 the Minister of Transport approved the Duty and Rest Period Rules for Railway Operating Employees. Drafted by the industry and the Railway Association of Canada (RAC), these rules reflect the latest science and fatigue management practices and take into account the operational realities of Canadian railways. The industry collaborated with union […]

CN & CP 2020-2021 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  […]

Canada’s Rail Safety Award Winners 2020

Ottawa – November 18, 2020 The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) today announced the winners of its 2020 Safety Awards which recognize RAC members for their outstanding contributions to rail safety. “Canada’s railways are among the safest in North America and these awards reflect their ongoing commitment to employee safety and that of all Canadians,” […]

RAC Reacts to New Ministerial Order

The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) welcomes the announcement of a revised Ministerial Order issued by the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, late Friday. This new Ministerial Order restricts the speeds trains transporting crude oil and liquid petroleum gases based on cold temperature conditions, instead of restricting their speeds based on a winter date […]

Summary: Speech from the Throne

Moments ago, Governor General Julie Payette delivered the Speech from the Throne, on behalf of the Government of Canada. The Speech outlined the federal government’s key priorities for the upcoming session of Parliament. Below is a summary, which focuses primarily on measures that will be of interest to RAC members. The Government’s approach is comprised […]

RAC 2021 Pre-Budget Submission

Today, we presented the Association’s pre-budget submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finances. The submission outlines 5 key recommendations: Launch VIA Rail’s High Frequency Rail (HFR) project, as it represents a key infrastructure initiative that will contribute to a more sustainable economic recovery for Canada; Create a federal capital funding program to […]