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You qualify for a grant if you volunteer at least 40 hours at an eligible charitable organization from January 1 to November 30 within a calendar year and if you are one of the following:

  • a CN employee (permanent, full-time employee for at least six months or permanent, part-time employee for at least twelve months)
  • a family member of an eligible CN employee, such as a spouse, partner or child 25 years of age and under and still living at home
  • a CN retiree
  • a spouse/surviving spouse of a CN retiree

This program is not open to temporary or contract employees of the company.

CN employees and retirees are eligible for a total of two (2) grants per year, provided the grants are for different organizations.

Grant applicants will be asked to provide details on the nature of their volunteer work when applying for a grant.

You are not eligible for a volunteer grant if your volunteer work:

  • Totaled less than forty (40) hours for a single organization.
  • Resulted in you receiving any payment or compensation.
  • Took place during work hours while you were being paid by CN.
  • Included evangelical, missionary or religious promotion or excluded people outside of the respective faith-based or culture-based organization.

Eligible Organizations

  • Organizations that are registered charities, as determined by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), or possessing IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, subject to the exclusions below. Employees will be asked to provide the tax numbers for their organizations (W-9 form in the U.S.) when applying for a grant.
  • Amateur athletic or recreational youth associations (18 years of age and under).
  • Municipality or body that performs a community function under the auspices of a municipality and qualified to issue a charitable tax receipt (e.g., volunteer fire department).
  • Civic/service clubs or recognized fundraising organizations.


Organizations that:

  • Discriminate based on race, gender, religion, faith or lifestyle.
  • Are political organizations or conduct political advocacy.
  • Pursue an agenda contrary to the interests of CN, its board members, employees and/or other parties as deemed relevant by CN.

Please also note that CN and/or CN Railroaders in the Community reserves the discretion to deem if any organization is eligible or ineligible for a grant.

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