Sustainability at CP

Highlight Stories


Sustainability at CP
Highlight Stories

CP renews commitment to heart health

CP and Heart & Stroke have teamed up since 2014 to save lives and improve people’s health across the country. Through our community investment program, CP Has Heart, we have invested close to $5 million towards Heart & Stroke research in Canada to date. In 2020, CP committed an additional $1.5 million in funding over the next three years to support cardiovascular research that will prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery. 

“We look forward to the breakthroughs right around the corner and for years to come, as a result of the research facilitated by Heart & Stroke,” said Keith Creel, CP President and CEO. 

To date, CP has helped raise more than $23.3 million to improve the heart health of adults and children in North America. Our CP Has Heart program has supported more than $9.8 million in research, $6 million in equipment, $1 million in prevention and $4 million in care. 

CP named to 2021 Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index

CP has been recognized for continued sustainability leadership on the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment and added to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index in 2021 for the second consecutive year.

CP releases 2020 corporate sustainability report

CP published its 2020 corporate sustainability report highlighting the company's successes and achievements on its journey to being sustainably driven. This report provides an overview of CP’s continued progress in three sustainability areas of focus: operating safety, maintaining operational excellence throughout the network, and managing the social impact of CP’s work. 

CP’s “Every Child Matters” orange locomotive

On September 30, 2021, CP proudly placed into service the “Every Child Matters” orange locomotive to commemorate the victims and honour the survivors of residential schools in Canada. The locomotive will raise awareness as it operates across CP’s network for all of us who see it to continue on the path of learning about Indigenous Peoples and their rich history and culture.

CP supports conservation efforts for the Jim Prentice Wildlife Corridor

CP has joined the Nature Conservancy of Canada in support of the Jim Prentice Wildlife Corridor Legacy Project, conserving a critical wildlife corridor through the Crowsnest Pass. 

Restoration of fish habitat

In June of 2020, CP completed construction of a capacity expansion project located along the south shore of the Burrard Inlet. The expansion project is critical to CP's long-term growth strategy supporting the Vancouver Terminal and CP's west coast operations.

CP donates more than $1 million to four North American charities providing critical supplies and relief during the COVID-19 pandemic

Inspired by our own front-line workers, CP donated $1 million to four North American charities working on the front lines to help people impacted by COVID-19.

CP renews commitment to heart health

CP and Heart & Stroke have teamed up since 2014 to save lives and improve people’s health across the country. In 2020, CP committed an additional $1.5 million in funding over the next three years to support cardiovascular research that will prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery. 

CP employees support veterans in need with fourth annual Spin for a Veteran event

In November 2020, seven CP teams participated in the fourth annual Spin for a Veteran event. To date, CP has helped raise more than $1.2 million for the Homes for Heroes Foundation, which has contributed to building 12 homes for veterans since 2016. 

CP donates to local food banks, hosting a virtual concert for 2020 Holiday Train

Since the program’s inception, the CP Holiday Train program has contributed 4.8 million pounds of food donations and more than $19 million in corporate donations to more than 200 food banks in Canada and the U.S.  

CP Supports Indspire’s Soaring: Indigenous Youth Empowerment Gathering

CP is proud to collaborate with Indspire, Canada’s leading charity dedicated to Indigenous education, through project sponsorship and scholarship donations. Since 2019, CP has supported Soaring, Indspire’s annual Indigenous youth empowerment gathering event.

CP celebrates commitment to veterans with proud military tribute locomotives

On Remembrance Day in Canada and on Veterans Day in the U.S. in 2019, CP unveiled five specially painted locomotives to honour the culture and history of the Armed Forces.

CP donates US$1 million to three U.S. charities dedicated to strengthening communities

In response to ongoing social unrest and social injustice across the U.S. in 2020, CP donated US$1 million to three U.S. charities to support the people of Minneapolis, home to the headquarters of CP's U.S. operations, as well as to support meaningful positive change nationally.

CP Pride flag raising

On June 7, 2021, CP proudly raised the Pride Flag to kick-off Pride Month across our network.

Our continued commitment to diversity and inclusion

Since publishing our first commitment to diversity and inclusion, we re-doubled our efforts to collaborate with employees, communities along our network, and partner organizations to progress and support our commitment toward a more representative and inclusive workplace.

CP partners with an Alberta renewable fuel startup to trial the conversion of scrap railway ties into renewable diesel

CP’s Procurement team has assessed a variety of ways to divert one or our largest waste streams, scrap railway ties, and recently, CP has partnered with Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. to evaluate the use of railway ties as feedstock at a renewable fuel refinery in development in Dunmore, Alta.

Implementation of enhanced fuel to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions

In 2021, CP implemented the use of ESSO Diesel EfficientTM fuel for its locomotive fleet in Canada.

CP’s Procurement, Facility and Pandemic teams rise to the COVID-19 challenge

CP's Procurement team collaborated with suppliers to secure cleaning materials and personal protective equipment, and our Pandemic Response team partnered with our Facilities team to identify cleaning and health practices required to allow CP to maintain operations in line with varying public health guidelines.

CP recognizes customers with 2020 Safe Shipper Award

CP recognized 51 shippers with our annual Safe Shipper Award for safely transporting hazardous materials by rail in 2020.

High efficiency product train model increases capacity for grain customers

In late 2018, CP introduced the new high efficiency product (HEP) train model to improve supply chain capacity, customer service and fuel efficiency.

CP hosts a successful Customer Advisory Panel virtual workshop

In October 2020, CP leaders engaged with key customers virtually to present a progress update on our customer experience strategy through our Customer Advisory Panel.

Enhancing infrastructure resiliency

In 2019, CP’s main rail corridor in Davenport, Iowa, experienced major flooding from the Mississippi River. As a result, CP invested in rail infrastructure upgrades to maintain resiliency during future flood events.

CP wins safety award for wheel inspection innovation

CP was awarded the 2020 Railway Association of Canada Safety Award for the development of a wheel-forecasting model detection system for railcars and locomotives.

Broken rail detection technology helps keep trains moving safely

In late 2020, CP deployed its new broken rail detection technology to enhance rail safety and efficiency in unsignalled territory, a section of track not controlled by signals, which accounts for approximately 40 percent of CP’s network.

CP implements remote safety inspection portal

In November 2020, CP train 603-825 became the first to undergo inspection under a Transport Canada exemption at CP’s Maple Creek, Sask. remote safety inspection portal.

CP and Maersk reach agreement that will benefit North American customers and the environment

In the fall of 2020, CP announced a partnership with Maersk Canada to build and operate a world-class transload and distribution facility in Vancouver, expanding on CP’s existing Vancouver Intermodal Facility.

CP adds two new emergency operations posts in Canada

In 2020, CP added two new emergency operations posts in Canada, providing a total of 10 posts on our network. Emergency operations posts are equipped with state-of-the-art telecommunications equipment and provide a safe and functional place for emergency responders to work.

Partnering with TRANSCAER Seconds Count video series

To adapt to new public health requirements, CP participated in the TRANSCAER Seconds Count video series. The video series introduces first responders to topics such as scene size up and Rapid SizeUp, tank car content identification, railway property safety procedures and protective action distances.

CP’s COVID-19 pandemic response

After the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in early 2020, we established the Pandemic Response Team, responsible for developing a comprehensive pandemic planning framework and corresponding contingency action plans.

CP continues to reduce frequency of injuries in 2020

In 2020, we remained a leader in the FRA-reportable train accident frequency rate and had the lowest FRA-reportable personal injury frequency rate in our company’s history, demonstrating the effectiveness of our efforts to strengthen safety and protect the environment.

CP releases Climate Strategy and ambitious emissions reduction targets

CP's first comprehensive Climate Strategy outlines our approach to drive innovative climate action and a measured response to emerging climate-related risks impacting the rail sector.

CP expands Hydrogen Locomotive Program with ERA grant

Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) granted CP $15 million to expand its Hydrogen Locomotive Program and create a global centre of excellence in hydrogen and freight rail systems in Alberta.

CP’s hydrogen-powered locomotive pilot project

CP’s Hydrogen Locomotive Program aims to develop North America's first line-haul hydrogen-powered locomotive. The program involves retrofitting a line-haul locomotive with hydrogen fuel cells and battery technology to drive the locomotive's electric traction motors.

CP completes installation of solar energy farm

The project is one of the largest private solar farms in Alberta, and is expected to generate more power than consumed annually by the main headquarters building.

CP scores an A- on 2020 CDP Climate Change Disclosure Reporting

CP received a leadership level score of A- on the CDP Climate Change 2020 questionnaire for our management and prioritization of climate change impacts.

CP releases 2019 Corporate Sustainability Data Supplement

The 2019 Corporate Sustainability Data Supplement is part of CP’s commitment to detailed disclosure, outlining sustainability metrics and performance in the areas of safety, operational excellence and social impact.

The Discovery Channel features CP in Rocky Mountain Railroad

In 2018, Discovery Channel premiered the documentary series, Rocky Mountain Railroad, featuring CP and the Ontario Northland Railway.

Isabelle Courville to Chair CP's Board of Directors

Isabelle Courville, a Board director since 2013, became Chair of the Board May 7, 2019, making history as the first-ever woman at CP and the first-ever woman across all Class 1 freight railways in North America to hold this position.

CP donates $1 Million for CHU Sainte-Justine to support stem cell research and pediatric regenerative medicine

Congenital heart defects affect one in 80 children in Canada every year and there is currently no treatment to permanently repair the heart.

2019 CP Women’s Open

In partnership with Golf Canada, CP sponsors the annual Women’s Open golf tournament, and makes a substantial donation each year to support local paediatric care in the host community of Canada's National Open Golf Championship.

CP’s goals for Kids Program donates more than $75,000 to charity

CP is dedicated to raising awareness about heart-healthy living through our community investment platform, CP Has Heart.

Moose Jaw gathering on Truth & Reconciliation

In April 2018, CP sponsored and participated in the week-long Atamiskākēwak Gathering in Moose Jaw, Sask.

CP Safety Awards Gala

In September 2019, CP hosted the inaugural Safety Awards for Excellence Gala at the RCP Pavilion at E.H.H. Campus in Calgary.

CP launches Coaching Capability Program

Utilizing the results of CP’s 2017 Employee Engagement survey, CP recognized the need to coach our emerging leaders to help them engage our new employees.

Spin for a Veteran

In June 2019, the Homes for Heroes Foundation and CP held their third annual Spin for a Veteran event, which raised more than $530,000.

CP’s Indigenous Mechanical Recruitment Program

In 2017, CP and the Unifor National Employment Equity and Human Rights Committee conducted an internal review to identify gaps and challenges to hiring Indigenous individuals for railcar mechanical positions.

First annual CP Suppliers Golf Invitational

In June 2018, CP suppliers and employees enjoyed a round of golf at the Elbow Springs Golf Club in Calgary where, with the support of numerous donations, they raised $100,000 for Heart Beats Children’s Society of Calgary.

CP FastPass expedites shipment processing and reduces truck idling

Introduced in 2017, CP FastPass is an industry-leading mobile app that helps reduce truck density and wait times at intermodal terminals across North America.

CP unveils 8,500-Foot High-Efficiency Product (HEP) Train

In late 2018, CP introduced the next generation of grain transportation.

Trending predictive wayside detector data to reduce asset failures

To mitigate safety risks and disruptions associated with railcar roller bearing failures, railways use wayside detectors to collect data about the condition of bearings (including temperature and vibration) on passing trains.

Bonaparte River Steelhead Habitat Compensation Project

To support steelhead trout populations, including rearing and spawning, CP began a habitat enhancement project along 100 metres of the Bonaparte River in British Columbia in 2017.

Water Well Sealing Program reduces liabilities

During CP’s long history, there were times we needed to draw water from strategically located wells to service steam locomotives and water livestock in transit.

Project Alpan

In August 2018, CP conducted Project Alpan, our largest real-world incident simulation exercise to date.

CP safety culture recognized by the Railway Association of Canada

In August 2018, the Railway Association of Canada recognized CP’s commitment to safety at its annual 2018 Safety Awards.

CP officially renames station from Hobbema to Maskwacis

In June 2019, CP officially renamed Hobbema train station located in central Alberta to Maskwacis, in acknowledgement of the true heritage of the land and the tribes who originated on Treaty 6 territory.

Triumph on
the Turkey
River in Iowa

After severe flooding along Iowa's Turkey River in March 2019, damage to a rail bridge resulted in 400 feet of CP main line track falling into the river. In a remarkable 12 days, CP's Operations team replaced and elevated the missing bridge
and track.

Recognizing exemplary safety behaviour at CP

CP leaders proudly recognized the accomplishments of 16 employees and three CP health and safety committees, for outstanding safety behaviour at the inaugural 2019 Safety Awards for Excellence Gala, hosted in Calgary last September.

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