Canadian National Railway

We are more than just a railroad. We are a transportation company that offers integrated transportation services: rail, intermodal, trucking, freight forwarding, warehousing and distribution. We continue to deliver the goods year in and year out. We are an engaged corporate citizen, committed to the safety of our employees, customers and the public.

CN is invested in building shareholder value and stronger communities, focused on environmental stewardship and developing an exceptional environment in the workplace.

Does your organization have other locations?

Yes, offices and terminals across Canada and the U.S.

How many employees does your organization employ?

We have 23,700 employees across the organization, with 16,000 in Canada.

What type of positions do you offer?

Full-time / permanent.

What are some career opportunities that your organization offers?

  • Train conductor
  • Rail track maintainer
  • Labourer (intermodal)
  • Equipment Operators
  • Signals and Communications Apprentices
  • Mechanics and other skilled trades

What is your hiring process / How can one apply?

The process varies according to the type of position, however all applications must be submitted online.

We often organize one-day events where you can learn more about the position. These events are posted on our jobs website and on our Facebook page at

All applications must be submitted online at

What do you look for in employees?

Hard-working, safety-conscious, think-on-your-feet people. We provide paid training for many of our entry-level jobs.

What type of education/training/equipment do you require?

Entry level jobs require either Grade 9 or high school diploma/GED. Previous experience working outside and/or on shifts is an asset.

Paid training is provided for many of our jobs. In fact, just this year, we inaugurated the CN Campus training facility in Winnipeg, MB, where many newly hired employees go to train for their jobs.

How old does someone have to be to work for your company?

18 years old.

How much will employees get paid?

Pay varies by job.

How would someone find out about opportunities at your company?

Visit our jobs website at and sign up for Job Alerts.

Please list any diversity initiatives that your organization is currently involved in.

Employee engagement is crucial. Our people understand where we're going and why. From the generations of CN employees who have helped build our great legacy, to the first-generation railroaders who join our ranks each year - we all make up the fabric of a diverse and evolving workforce.

At CN, we've built a community of railroaders and a culture that challenges every employee, in every role, to bring out their best.

We are all Proud Railroaders. See what our employees have to say about working at CN here:

To continue to recruit and hire the best railroaders, we have developed partnerships and affiliations with hundreds of employment centres, schools, training facilities and other diversity groups across our North American network, including Calgary's Youth Employment Centre!

To support youth and education, we also offer diversity scholarships of $3,000 each. Applications must be submitted by December 31, 2014. Details can be found on our jobs website, here:

Please list any corporate responsibility initiatives that your organization is currently involved in.

At CN, we have made sustainability an integral part of our business strategy through our approach to governance, environment, safety, people, and community. Read more about how we delivery responsibly here:

Recently, we were awarded a spot on The A List: The CDP Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014. More details here: