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Vegetation Management at CN

Annual Vegetation Management Program


CN is required to clear its rights-of-way from any vegetation that may pose a safety hazard. 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 left uncontrolled, can contribute to trackside fires, reductions in visibility at road crossings, damage to integrity of the railway roadbed and impair proper inspection of track infrastructure.

As such, for safe railway operations, the annual vegetation control program will be carried out on CN rail lines. 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 for safety purposes. All product requirements for setbacks in the vicinity of dwellings, aquatic environments and municipal water supplies will be observed.

The 2019 program will take place between April 30, 2019 and September 30, 2019.

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Vegetation Management by Province

Click on the name of the province to see which cities are included in the 2019 program.

 British Columbia 

 Alberta 

 Saskatchewan 

 Manitoba 

 Ontario 

 Quebec 

 New-Brunswick 

 Nova-Scotia 

 Northwest Territories 

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.

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