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Vegetation Management at CN

Annual Vegetation Management Program

CN is required to manage vegetation that may pose a safety hazard on its right-of-way. Part II of the Rules Respecting Track Safety adopted by Transport Canada provide that “vegetation on railway property, which is on or immediately adjacent to roadbed, must be controlled.” Vegetation on railway right-of-way, if not managed may contribute to trackside fires, reductions in visibility at road crossings, reduced integrity of the railway roadbed and impair proper inspection of track infrastructure.

For safe railway operations, the annual vegetation management program will be carried out on CN lands. Certified applicators will be applying herbicides on and around the railway tracks, mainly the graveled area known as the ballast, but also on other areas of the right-of-way where necessary. Product requirements for setbacks in the vicinity of dwellings, aquatic environments and municipal water supplies will be observed.

Weed Notices and Spray Requests

Weed notices and spray requests should be sent to the CN Public Inquiry Line and mention if this is operating or non operating lands.

Municipalities -To access CN lands for inspection or weed control work you/your representative must complete the Weed Control Access Permit. This is required for anyone accessing CN lands for inspection or weed control work purposes. To obtain the permit please email us.

Alberta

CN has received permission from the government in accordance with the Alberta Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act to spray the invasive Phragmites plant. Please see the associated Public Notice.

Manitoba

Any person may, within 15 days after the notice is published in the local newspapers, may send a written submission to the department, regarding the control program or register with the department their written objection to the use of pesticide next to their property: Manitoba Environment and Climate Environmental Approvals Branch Box 35, 14 Fultz Boulevard, Winnipeg MB R3Y 0L6

The 2024 program will take place between April 2024 and October 2024.


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FAQ

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Request for Information

If you have a questions or a request regarding Vegetation Management at CN, please fill out the form below or call 1-888-888-5909.