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Canadian National Railway
CN employees on site   (Photo credit: Henry Lin / Alpha Presse)

Recognized as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Canadian National Railway was selected as one of Montreal's Top Employers (2019):

  • Through the company's health and wellness program, CN organizes a number of initiatives to support healthy habits and active living throughout the year, including a 1-month wellness challenge with employees tallying nearly 411-million steps (the equivalent of travelling across CN's entire rail network 10 times)
  • 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 $16.7-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
As part of the organization's health and wellness initiative, CN employees prepare to bike home from the head office   (Photo credit: Pascale Simard / Alpha Presse)

Highlights

Industry Railroad transportation
Established in Canada 1919
Publicly traded yes
Major Canadian hiring locations Edmonton AB, Vancouver BC, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC
Full-time employees in Canada 16,597
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
Alternative work options flexible work hours
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, leadership training, paid internships
Related tuition subsidies employer covers up to 90% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $4,000 in tuition subsidies for job-related courses per year
Scope of charitable involvement local, national, international
Employee charitable involvement employees are involved in selection of charities

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Canadian National Railway was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

  • CN created the Aspire program in 2012 to help educate young women about opportunities in the railroad industry and encourage them to consider careers in non-traditional roles -- additionally, the company offers grants to support post-secondary education of women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, military veterans and people of Aboriginal heritage
  • 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
Staff from CN's Taschereau Yard celebrate National Aboriginal Day   (Photo credit: Pascale Simard)

Highlights

Industry Railroad transportation
Major Canadian hiring locations Edmonton AB, Vancouver BC, Winnipeg MB, Toronto ON, Montréal QC
Full-time employees in Canada 16,597
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives VP, Human Resources
Formal commitment cross-functional diversity committee
Diversity training and awareness e-learning module on unconscious bias, Aboriginal cultural awareness training (developed in partnership with Amik)
Diversity highlights 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), Aspire program to help educate young women in Grades 11 and 12 across Canada about opportunities in the railroad industry, monthly Women in Rail webinars to allow prospective candidates to hear from women occupying roles they've applied for, celebrations and awareness campaigns to recognize important dates such as Black History Month, Asian Heritage Month and Hispanic Heritage Month
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Catalyst (signatory to the Catalyst Accord), 30% Club, Women Building Futures, Canada Company (veterans and reservists), Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, Reaching E-Quality Employment Services, Indspire, Assembly of First Nations

The Career Directory

Canadian National Railway has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Employees of Canadian National Railway partnered with AMIK to host an Aboriginal career day

Highlights for New Grads

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

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