To meet our commitments to customers and to ensure the safety of our employees and the communities we operate in and through, we take winter planning to the next level.
CP has been railroading in challenging winter conditions since 1881. Effective winter planning is essential for ensuring a safe and resilient rail system that continues to serve the needs of our customers and the North American supply chain.
In 2021-22, CP is investing approximately $1.5 billion to improve safety, network resiliency and system velocity, while enhancing capacity. This significant investment builds on our record 2020 $1.67 billion capital program. These initiatives and investments help mitigate the impact of winter on our network, as well as strengthen the resiliency of our operation and improve our winter operating performance.
Note: T&E metrics validated as of Oct. 18, 2021
CP continues to make significant improvements to enhance the safety and efficiency of its operations by leveraging industry-leading data analytics and detection technologies to improve the reliability of our equipment and infrastructure.
CP leverages sophisticated winter weather monitoring systems, prediction models and data from several meteorological services. By forecasting winter conditions across our network, we can proactively respond to adverse winter conditions. As a result, we can maintain the safety of our operations and the fluidity of our network to meet the needs of our customers and the broader supply chain.
Using snow/rock slide fences, snow sheds and snowpack monitoring to mitigate risk.
Employing specialized services to set off controlled avalanches in high-risk areas and to perform proactive avalanche management.
Close collaboration with government agencies and departments, including Parks Canada and British Columbia’s Ministry of Highways.
CP works closely with customers and supply chain stakeholders to strengthen communication and customer service. This is particularly important when unexpected service challenges or volume surges arise during challenging weather conditions.
We have developed tools that provide current shipment and network information, including availability for shipment-based information, carload and intermodal tools and direct access to CP’s Network Service Centre. These tools improve collaboration with our customers and the customer experience by providing visibility into CP’s operations when challenges arise.
CP works closely with its customers and other supply chain participants. Our customers play a significant role in preparing for adverse winter conditions. Here's how you can help:
At CP, we have an unwavering commitment to safety. It’s fundamental to who we are, and is why CP has led the industry for 15 consecutive years, with the lowest Federal Railroad Administration reportable train accident frequency (per million train miles) among Class 1 railroads in North America.
2021-2022 Winter Contingency Plan Report here2020-2021 Winter Contingency Plan Report here
2019-2020 Winter Contingency Plan Report here
2018-2019 Winter Contingency Plan Report here
CP's letter to the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, on November 27, 2018
Winter Planning Fact Sheet
White Paper: Railroading in the Canadian winter
Technology and Innovation
Customer Safety Handbook