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.
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. To date, this event has raised approximately $834,000 to support the foundation’s homeless veterans’ reintegration program. The initiative provides homes, a community of peers, a support structure designed to meet individual needs and a sense of place and belonging for veterans, with the ultimate goal of ensuring their successful transition back into civilian life.
Held on Canadian Armed Forces Day, 18 teams participated in Spin for a Veteran events in Calgary and Edmonton, riding for 24 hours in a spin competition. Teams including CP employees, Lord Strathcona's Horse Regimental Society, local companies and emergency service providers rode a total combined distance of 14,290 kilometres, equivalent to travelling from Vancouver to Cape Spear, Newfoundland and back again. The CP Veterans team pushed through and won the competition, covering 925 kilometres.
"CP has a long history of supporting the military and we are proud to have our employees rally behind this important cause.… It’s an honour and a privilege to support our Canadian veterans in their time of need as they so selflessly stood on guard for this great country. This event is a means to increase support to help combat veteran homelessness in Calgary."
Scott MacDonald, CP Senior Vice President Operations (System) and Canadian veteran
The cost to build one home is $100,000. All the homes built by the Homes for Heroes Foundation will be named after a Canadian soldier who lost his or her life in Afghanistan. The community of homes in Calgary officially opened to residents in the fall of 2019. Donations can be made year-round at Spin4Vets.com.
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CP plans to develop North America’s first line-haul hydrogen-powered locomotive. The Hydrogen Locomotive Program will retrofit a line-haul locomotive with hydrogen fuel cells and battery technology to drive the locomotive’s electric traction motors.
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 was recognized for sustainabiltiy leadership on the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment and added to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for North America in 2020.
CP received a leadership level score of A- on the CDP Climate Change 2020 questionnaire for our management and prioritization of climate change impacts.
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.
In 2018, Discovery Channel premiered the documentary series, Rocky Mountain Railroad, featuring CP and the Ontario Northland Railway.
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.
Congenital heart defects affect one in 80 children in Canada every year and there is currently no treatment to permanently repair the heart.
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 is dedicated to raising awareness about heart-healthy living through our community investment platform, CP Has Heart.
In April 2018, CP sponsored and participated in the week-long Atamiskākēwak Gathering in Moose Jaw, Sask.
In September 2019, CP hosted the inaugural Safety Awards for Excellence Gala at the RCP Pavilion at E.H.H. Campus in Calgary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In late 2018, CP introduced the next generation of grain transportation.
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.
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.
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.
In August 2018, CP conducted Project Alpan, our largest real-world incident simulation exercise to date.
In August 2018, the Railway Association of Canada recognized CP’s commitment to safety at its annual 2018 Safety Awards.
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.
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