News Release

Another Strong Year for Canadian Railways

OTTAWA – MARCH 12, 2021  – The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) today released its latest Rail Trends report – showcasing the performance of Canadian railways over the 2010 to 2019 period. “2019 was another strong year for Canadian railroaders” said Marc Brazeau, President and CEO of the RAC. “While setting all-time records in passenger trips, investment, and taxes paid to Canadian governments, they continued to deliver in the key areas of safety, innovation, environmental stewardship and growth.”

Key highlights from 2019:

Rail is the backbone of Canada’s economy. RAC members transport more than 100 million passengers and more than $320 billion of goods across Canada, annually. And through significant investments in infrastructure and state-of-the-art technologies, rail is integral to growing Canada’s future economy.

The full Rail Trends report is available at Data for 2020 will be covered in next year’s report. Regional/provincial 2019 snapshots are also available upon request.


About the Railway Association of Canada

The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) represents close to 60 freight and passenger railway companies that transport over 100 million passengers and $320 billion worth of goods in Canada each year. RAC advocates on behalf of its members and associate members to ensure that the rail sector remains globally competitive, sustainable and, most importantly, safe. Learn more at

Data Contact:
Jonathan Thibault
Senior Research Analyst

Media Contact:
Stéphanie Montreuil
Senior Director, Communications and Media Relations, Railway Association of Canada


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