Why CN loves coming through Winnipeg

February 21, 2017


​Manitoba is a major hub of CN’s transcontinental rail network. Much of our traffic passes through Winnipeg’s Symington Yard. Winnipeg is also home to Transcona Shops, our main Canadian railcar and locomotive repair facility, and our rail plant. In Winnipeg, we also have CargoFlo® bulk handling, forest products and automotive distribution facilities, and an intermodal terminal.

CN signed a 10-year contract with Amsted Rail to produce one million railcar wheels for Transcona Shops. The new wheels will be produced using 100 per cent recycled steel in Winnipeg, providing high-quality jobs there. In 2016, we invested about $90 million to strengthen our rail network and support safety, efficiency and long-term growth in Manitoba. The program focused on the replacement and upgrade of rail, ties and ballast, plus bridge maintenance, level crossing rehabilitations, signal upgrades, and improvements at Transcona Shops.

Our state-of-the-art national training centre in Winnipeg is delivering our enhanced railroader training program focused on instilling and reinforcing a strong safety culture. More than 15,000 employees have completed a range of railway training programs in Winnipeg and at our sister training facility in Homewood, IL.

In 2016, we launched the CN Campus Partnership Program to offer safety-focused courses to our largest carload customers. We plan to roll out the program to smaller carload customers, shortline railways, and intermodal customers. This collaboration will help ensure safer operations throughout the entire railway supply chain.


​We welcome these investments and look forward to working collaboratively with CN on improving the safety and quality of railway infrastructure in our communities.”

Mayor Chris Goertzen,
​President, Association of Manitoba Municipalities

Community Investments
In 2016, CN invested almost $400,000 in 32 Manitoba-based organizations, including:

Canadian Mental Health Association
The CMHA held its first ride-a-thon in Winnipeg to help people in the community get the best possible care and support in their recovery from mental illness.

FortWhyte Alive
FortWhyte’s roster of 40 leading-edge outdoor environmental educational programs incorporate key themes of sustainable development and rail safety into Manitoba’s education system.

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
Deeply rooted in the province of Manitoba, the centre aspires to both reflect and inform the community it serves by providing affordable and accessible performances of the highest calibre