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Train Conductors - Canada

Train conductors have one of the most unique and challenging jobs available to North Americans. You'll ha​ve unlimited potential and possibility if you're willing to put in an honest, hard day's work every day. Work with us and join our team of dedicated railroaders.

Wondering if the conductor role is right for you? Please complete this Realistic Job Preview to see if you would be a good fit.

Great pay

Earn at least $85,000 in your first full year working as a qualified conductor with the ability to make up to $140,000.

Paid training

Bring us your high school diploma/GED and we'll take care of the rest. 

CP provides paid in-class and field training for a solid understanding of our safety practices, rules and operations. 

Pension plan

CP provides an industry-leading Defined Benefit (DB) pension plan that offers lifetime retirement benefits. 

  • Less than 10% of private-sector employees in Canada enjoy the financial security of a DB pension plan

Why CP

  • Scheduled assigned days off and up to 48 eight hour rest periods in a non-scheduled work environment
  • Average CP train conductor earnings: approximately $107,000 annually
  • Currently offering signing bonuses for qualified conductors and engineers in select locations
  • Secure your retirement with an industry-leading DB pension plan, one of the top oldest and largest pension plans in Canada
  • Become a shareholder with our Employee Share Purchase Plan
  • Competitive and flexible family-friendly health and dental benefits
  • Health and Wellness programs including fitness subsidy
  • Ability to earn up to 12 additional earned days off in addition to annual vacation entitlements
  • Opportunities for career advancement

The job

As a train crew member, a conductor travels to various locations with the train, ensuring the safe arrival of cargo to its destination. Responsibilities include switching cars, making or splitting up trains in yards, or moving cars between yards, sidings or tracks. Conductors keep CP and North America's economy moving. 

This entry-level union position can lead to career growth as a Yard Foreperson, Locomotive Engineer or management.

What you'll do

  • Provide premium transportation service to our customers
  • Safe and efficient movement of rail cars and trains across our network
  • Be a part of CP's history

Apply as a Train Conductor here

Educational partners

We hire numerous Conductor Trainee students from Railway Training Programs. Get your railroader career started by completing a college Railway Training Program. Check out what our educational partners​ can offer you.


We recognize the invaluable skills and experience you have gained from serving your country. That's why we want to be your first choice in a new career outside the military.

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