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Canadian National Railway Company / CN
CN employee in the locomotive shop   (Photo credit: Trevor Hagan)

Recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Canadian National Railway Company / CN was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2017):

  • CN provides maternity leave top-up payments to employees who are new mothers, ranging from 70 to 100% of salary for up to 17 weeks -- additionally, employees working at CN's head office receive subsidized access onsite daycare
  • CN invests in long-term career development with generous tuition subsidies for courses related to an employees' current position (up to $4,000) as well as subsidies for professional accreditation
  • With a strong national presence, CN operates the impressive employee and pensioner-run "Community Fund", which has raised more than $13.5 million over the past decade -- CN also manages the "Railroaders in the Community" program to provide grants to charitable organizations where employees, their families and retirees volunteer their time
CN's Senior Manager of Environment Systems Luanne Patterson working in the field   (Photo credit: Jeff Bager / Alpha Presse)

Highlights

Industry Railroad Transportation
Established in Canada 1919
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations Charny QC, Shawinigan QC, Brampton ON, Edmonton AB, Vancouver BC, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Moncton NB, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 15,074
Average age of employees in Canada 41
Longest serving employee 55 years
Long-term savings defined-benefit (DB) pension
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Alternative work options flexible work hours, compressed work week
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
In-house training initiatives apprenticeship/skilled trades programs, in-house training, online training, paid internships
Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Canadian National Railway Company / CN was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2017):

  • CN created the Aspire program in 2012 to help educate young women about opportunities in the railroad industry and to encourage them to consider careers in non-traditional roles -- the company also recently launched a dedicated internship program to provide women with exposure to transportation, mechanical, engineering, and intermodal disciplines
  • CN is committed to developing respectful and sustainable relationships with Aboriginal peoples, recently participating in the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples' Creative Leaders symposium to discuss strategies for career advancement and employment opportunities -- the company also maintains an Aboriginal internship program and developed Aboriginal Affairs Cultural Awareness training in partnership with Amik, an Aboriginal consulting firm
  • CN maintains a diversity scholarship program for women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, military veterans and people of Aboriginal heritage (up to $3,000 for one academic year)
CN train master Leezah Fredericks   (Photo credit: Henry Lin / Alpha Presse)
"Taking the initiative to organize ASPIRE this year is fulfilling because it inspires and influences young women the same way I was inspired by leaders when I joined CN." Aya Gedeon, Supply Agent, Transportation Technology Services

Highlights

Industry Railroad Transportation
Major Canadian hiring locations Charny QC, Shawinigan QC, Brampton ON, Edmonton AB, Vancouver BC, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Moncton NB, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 15,074
Formal commitment maintains a diversity task force to help guide and align initiatives across the company
Diversity training and awareness Aboriginal Affairs Culture Awareness training developed in partnership with Amik
Diversity highlights dedicated internship programs for women and Aboriginal peoples, monthly Women in Rail webinars to allow prospective employees to hear from women occupying roles they've applied for, Aspire program to help educate young women across Canada about opportunities in the railroad industry
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Comite d'adaptation de la main-d'oeuvre (recruitment of persons with disabilities), Reaching E-Quality Employment Services, Partners for Mental Health, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion

The Career Directory

Canadian National Railway Company / CN has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
CN mechanical instructor conducting on the job training with CN Campus students in Winnipeg, MB

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Railroad Transportation
Major Canadian hiring locations Charny QC, Shawinigan QC, Brampton ON, Edmonton AB, Vancouver BC, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC, Moncton NB, Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 10,000 to 25,000
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $4,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Typical new grad positions Conductor, Car Mechanic, Rail Track Maintainer, Signal and Communication Apprentice, Labourer, Intermodal Helper, Composite Accounting Representative
Starting salary $55K to $60K
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, transit subsidies
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

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