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

Recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers

Here are some of the reasons why Canadian National Railway / CN was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2018):

  • CN encourages employees to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles through its health and wellness program, CN Traction -- additionally, employees working at the company's Montréal head office have free access to an onsite fitness facility with a variety of instructor-led classes such as kickboxing, aerobics, yoga and Zumba
  • CN cultivates an ownership mentality through a share purchase plan, available to all employees, and encourages employees to save for the future through the security of a defined benefit pension plan
  • CN operates the impressive employee and pensioner-run "Community Fund", which has raised more than $14.7 million over the past decade -- and also manages the "Railroaders in the Community" program to provide grants to charitable organizations where employees, their families, and retirees volunteer their time
CN employee Veronique Gatien   ( Photo credit: Pascale Simard)

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, Melville ON, Saskatoon SK, Smithers BC, Thunder Bay ON, Prince George BC, McLennan AB, Regina SK, Chetwynd BC, Fort Frances ON, Roma Junction AB
Full-time employees in Canada 14,885
Average age of employees in Canada 43 years
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
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
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

Here are some of the reasons why Canadian National Railway / CN was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2018):

  • 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 maintains a dedicated internship program to provide women with exposure to transportation, mechanical, engineering, and intermodal disciplines
  • Along with the formation of a diversity task force, CN produces quarterly diversity report cards to help track the organization's progress to achieving diversity goals -- report cards include information on recruitment, hiring, workforce representation versus market availability and outreach activities with community partners
  • CN works with Canada Company, a non-partisan organization that connects businesses and community leaders with the Canadian military -- the company participates in the Military Employment Transition program and attends annual networking events to connect with veterans and reservists
Employees at CN's Gulf Division Cultural Day, which gives staff a taste of different cuisines and traditions from around the world and is one of many diversity celebrations held throughout the year

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, Melville ON, Saskatoon SK, Smithers BC, Thunder Bay ON, Prince George BC, McLennan AB, Regina SK, Chetwynd BC, Fort Frances ON, Roma Junction AB
Full-time employees in Canada 14,885
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Formal commitment 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 celebrations and awareness campaigns to recognize important dates such as Black History Month, Asian Heritage Month and Hispanic Heritage Month, internships for women and Aboriginal peoples, monthly Women in Rail webinars to allow prospective candidates to hear from women occupying roles they've applied for, Aspire program to help educate young women in Grades 11 and 12 across Canada about opportunities in the railroad industry, diversity scholarship program for women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, military veterans and people of Aboriginal heritage (up to $3,000 for 1 academic year)
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Women Building Futures, Canada Company (veterans and reservists), Partners for Mental Health, Reaching E-Quality Employment Services, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, Assembly of First Nations

The Career Directory

Canadian National Railway / 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, Melville ON, Saskatoon SK, Smithers BC, Thunder Bay ON, Prince George BC, McLennan AB, Regina SK, Chetwynd BC, Fort Frances ON, Roma Junction AB
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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