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Hiring process 

Application Process

Canadian Pacific only accepts applications submitted online through our website. To be considered for any of our positions, you must create an online profile and submit a resume through our online applicant tracking system. Resumes that are mailed, e-mailed or faxed will not be accepted.

Once you have submitted your resume online, you will receive a confirmation email indicating that it has been received. The Employment Centre or Staffing Services will review and shortlist qualified applicants for the position and notify you only if you are one of the successful candidate invited to proceed in the hiring process.

Due to the high volume of resumes received, we will only contact those applicants who have been selected to proceed in the hiring process.

The hiring process at Canadian Pacific involves many different steps including information sessions, interviews and pre-employment testing. The process for each position may vary and the process will be outlined during the information session or interview.

Hiring Methodology

Canadian Pacific employs individuals based on their training, experience, education, and overall qualifications. Positions are awarded on a competitive basis according to bona fide job requirements. Canadian Pacific looks for the most qualified candidate to fill each position and we strive to find the best fit for the role.  

Canadian Pacific is an equal opportunity employer committed to the principles of employment equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals. All applicant information will be managed in accordance with the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act ("PIPEDA").

Applying for a Job

Our career site is updated on a daily basis with new opportunities to consider.  Once you have found a job that interests you, we ask that you submit your application online - applications submitted via email or fax cannot be considered. 

All resumes received for a posted position are reviewed after it closes online by the Employment Centre and/or the Hiring Manager to assess applicant qualifications. If the applicant appears to be a good match for the position, they will typically be contacted within one to three weeks of the closing date to arrange for an interview. Please note that communication from the Employment Centre and Staffing Services is typically via email, so be sure to check your emails regularly!

We thank all applicants for their interest in Canadian Pacific; however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.

Hiring process

  • General Positions: Assessments, Interview, and Background Checks
  • Administrative Positions: Assessments, Interview, and Background Checks
  • Non-Union Management Positions: Assessments, Interview, Background Checks, and Medical
  • Railcar and Diesel Mechanic Trainees/Apprentices: Aptitude Assessment, Interview, Background Checks, and Medical
  • Rail Traffic Controller: Aptitude Assessment, Interview, Background Checks, and Medical
  • Trainperson (Conductor): Aptitude Assessment, Interview, Background Checks, and Medical
  • Crew Dispatcher: Aptitude Assessment, Interview, and Background Checks
  • Seasonal Labourer/Signals and Communication Helper: Reading Assessment, Interview, Background Checks, and Medical
  • Police Constable: Interviews, Background Checks, LEAP and Exam, Medical


Canadian Pacific has a few positions that require the completion of various assessments. These assessments will take roughly 2-3 hours for each candidate to complete and no railway knowledge is required to complete them. Some of the assessments include:

  • Aptitude Assessments
  • Typing Assessments
  • Reading Assessments
  • Leadership Assessments
  • Sales Assessments


Interviews are typically conducted by the Hiring Manager and may include a Human Resources representative and/or team members from the business unit. Depending on the position, candidates may be invited back for a second interview.

Canadian Pacific practices behavioural-based interviewing, as research has shown that past behavior is the best indicator of future behavior. Canadian Pacific analyzes the position, determines the skills crucial to success, and develops questions related to those skills. Responses should be specific, detailed examples of previous work experience.  Candidates should use the following format when responding:

Situation:             What was happening?

Hindrance:          What were the challenges?

Action:                  What did you do?

Result:                  What was the outcome?

Evaluation:          What did you learn?

Your answer should include specific details including names, dates, times, and locations. Avoid hypothetical answers (what you might do in a situation) or generalizations (what you always or usually do). 

The website listed below are great resources for information about this style of interview:


Background Checks

Potential new hires must complete the following clearances:

Security Clearance

  • Fill out the form in full and list all convictions. This information will be compared to your criminal record in the RCMP national repository by our third party provider.
  • You must provide a copy of two pieces of ID, one must be government-issued and include a picture (ie. passport or driver’s license)
  • You may have a record even when you think you don’t (ie. DUIs are a part of your criminal record.)
  • If you have a criminal history, this will be reviewed by our Risk Assessment Committee. You will be advised if we are unable to proceed with your application for employment

Reference Check

  • Must have two positive professional references in order to proceed.

Education Verification

  • Most positions require at least a high school diploma or GED to proceed. Education will be verified by a third-party company.
  • You must successfully pass all of the above checks in order to be hired for this position. If you do not pass all of the checks you will be advised by CP and removed from the hiring process.

If there are any issues with your background checks, you will be contacted immediately.


Canadian Pacific is committed to the safety and health of our employees and the public and has a responsibility to ensure an employee’s fitness to work, which is an important component of workplace and public safety. Canadian Pacific provides the necessary resources to promote a safe and timely return to work after injury or illness maximizing accommodation for employees with a job specific limitations and/or restrictions.

Specific medical guidelines are federally mandated and contained in the Medical Rules formulated under the Railway Safety Act.

For this reason, candidates must proceed with a medical if it is a bona fide occupational requirement for the position (safety sensitive or safety critical positions). Successful candidates must be assessed as medically fit by our Occupational Health Services department to be hired. Medicals are scheduled with one of our approved doctors. Cost of the pre-employment medical assessment and screening tests will be covered by Canadian Pacific Railway, however any additional medical information that may be required is the candidates expense.

It will take approximately 3-4 weeks to receive the results these  medical. If there are any issues with your medical, you will be contacted immediately.

General Positions

For the majority of Canadian Pacific’s non-unionized positions, selected candidates will need to complete a short assessment prior to attending his/her interview. If you are selected for the position after the interview process, you will need to successfully complete security, reference, and education checks to be hired with Canadian Pacific.

Administrative Positions

Applicants interested in clerical positions are required to complete various assessments before attending an interview. Successful candidates will then be required to successfully complete their security, reference, and education checks.

Non-Union Management Positions

Under Canadian Pacific’s Fitness To Work Medical Policy, many of our non-union managerial positions must perform safety critical or safety sensitive duties and will therefore need to successfully clear a medical. Candidates will be scheduled for this medical with one of our pre-approved doctors after achieving favorable results from  the assessment, interview, and background checks.

Crew Dispatcher

For the position of Crew Dispatcher, applicants are required to complete an Aptitude Assessment and then proceed to an interview. Successful candidates will be asked to provide information to complete their security, reference, and education checks, which will be processed. Those with positive results will be selected for the Crew Dispatcher position.

Railcar and Diesel Mechanic Trainees/Apprentices, Rail Traffic Controller, and Trainperson (Conductor)

Applicants will learn a bit more about the position by viewing an informative presentation on the position and then, will be required to complete a series of Aptitude Assessments. Those applicants with favorable results will proceed to the interview stage and then complete their background checks if selected. To perform the position effectively, there are safety critical or safety sensitive elements to these jobs. For this reason, these popular unionized positions also fit under Canadian Pacific’s Fitness To Work Medical Policy where preferred candidates must successfully clear their medicals.

Seasonal Labourer/Signals and Communication Helper

Our Seasonal Labourer and Signals and Communication Helper positions require the successful completion of a Reading Assessment, an interview, and background checks. Those who will be proceeding in the hiring process for the Signals and Communication Helper positions will also be required to be deemed medically fit as it is a position under Canadian Pacific’s Fitness To Work Medical Policy.

Police Constable

Under the authority of the Railway Act of 1886, Police Constables are hired for public safety as part of our Canadian Pacific Police Services. For these positions, selected applicants will be required to complete an information package with the following information: driver’s abstract, proof of education, PARE or POPAT results (must have been completed within the last six months), Criminal Record Verification, current First Aid, and full completion of the Disclosure form. After Canadian Pacific has reviewed these documents, successful applicants will move forward to the initial and second interview stage. Background checks will also be completed in this time. Those successful after the second interview will be asked to complete the LEAP Exam and a medical to proceed in the hiring process as Police Constables are considered Safety Critical positions.

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