The Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has determined  that both the Canadian National Railway Company (CN) and the Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CP) have gone over the allowed grain revenue entitlement for the 2017-18 crop year. By the numbers, CN’s grain revenue of $788,062,078 was $1,047,285 above its entitlement, while CP’s grain revenue of $709,499,416 was $1,500,513 above its… Read More

With producers keeping a close eye on the Canadian Pacific (CP) railway, the company recently shared that during last month (October) it broke an all-time record for the shipment of grain, moving 2.64 million metric tonnes (MMT) of Canadian grain and grain products. This broke the last record held for September 2017. In a news release,… Read More

Canadian Pacific Railway has started working toward winding down certain operations ahead of a potential strike starting Tuesday night. The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) and the IBEW System Council No. 11, whose members include nearly 3,400 conductors, engineers and signal maintainers, on Saturday filed notice of their intent to go on strike. The earliest… Read More

A strike by around 3,400 conductors, engineers and signal maintainers who work for Canadian Pacific Railway has been averted, at least temporarily. Members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference-Train & Engine (TCRC) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) would have walked off the job starting after midnight on Saturday morning. Instead, TCRC and IBEW… Read More

Update, as of Wednesday: Both unions have served CP Rail with 72-hour strike notice, clearing the way for a strike to begin after midnight on Saturday morning. When asked on Tuesday whether the federal government would consider back-to-work legislation, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said he’s following the situation closely: “Remember that we are a party… Read More

This week on RealAg Radio, Shaun and Kelvin debated whether farmers were benefitting from the spat between the railways and the Western Grain Elevators Association, and more specifically executive director Wade Sobokowich. See More: Railways Offering “Pretty Good” Performance, Amid PR Effort and Finger-Pointing What do you think? Is this finger pointing by the railways… Read More

Dear Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway, It’s only the middle of June right now, but there’s potential for a big crop in Western Canada this fall. Alberta’s latest crop report pegged growing conditions at 80 percent good to excellent, eight percent better than the five-year average. The Saskatchewan ag ministry’s most recent update also… Read More

Updated 3pm CST February 16 Labour Minister Kellie Leitch says the CP Rail strike is over, as the railway and Teamsters Canada Rail Conference have agreed to arbitration. The federal government was planning to table legislation on Monday that would force around 3,000 Canadian Pacific Railway locomotive engineers and conductors back to work. The members… Read More