Railway Operating Certificates

A Railway Operating Certificate is an official document issued by Transport Canada, under the authority of the Railway Safety Act, to authorize a railway company or local railway company to operate in Canada.

Companies apply for a Railway Operating Certificate by completing an application form and submitting it to Transport Canada.

Below is a list of railway companies and local railway companies that have a valid Railway Operating Certificate.

Since January 1, 2015, new companies must obtain a Railway Operating Certificate prior to commencing operations in Canada. Existing companies have a two-year grace period, until January 1, 2017, to obtain a Railway Operating Certificate.

For more information about Railway Operating Certificates, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions.

Company Name Company Type Types of Operations Issue Date
White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad Railway Company Transportation of Passengers Operations and maintenance of line work April 28, 2017
Réseau de transport métropolitain Local Railway Company Transportation of Passengers April 26, 2017
The Toronto Terminals Railway Company Limited Railway Company Operation and Maintenance of Line Work December 29, 2016
Trillium Railway Co. Ltd. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight December 22, 2016
Great Sandhills Railway Ltd. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight December 22, 2016
Union Pacific Railroad Company Railway Company Transportation of Freight December 22, 2016
9961526 Canada Limited Railway Company Transportation of Freight/Operation and Maintenance of line work December 21, 2016
Ontario Northland Transportation Commission Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight December 13, 2016
RTC Rail Solutions Ltd. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight December 12, 2016
Source Energy Services Canadian Logistics LP GP Ltd. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight November 30, 2016
BNSF Railway Company Railway Company Transportation of Freight
Operations and maintenance of line work
November 25, 2016
Torch River Rail Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight November 25, 2016
Eastern Maine Railway Company Railway Company Transportation of Freight, Operation and Maintenance of Line Work November 16, 2016
Metrolinx Local Railway Company Transportation of Passengers November 16, 2016
National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) Railway Company Transportation of Passengers November 14, 2016
Norfolk Southern Railway Company Railway Company Transportation of Freight, Operation and Maintenance of Line Work November 9, 2016
VIA Rail Canada Inc. Railway Company Transportation of Passengers, Operation and Maintenance of Line Work November 9, 2016
City of Ottawa carrying on business as Capital Railway Railway Company Transportation of Passengers, Operation and Maintenance of Line Work October 27, 2016
Last Mountain Railway Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight October 27, 2016
Big Sky Railway Corp. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight October 27, 2016

Lake Line Railroad Inc.

Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight October 27, 2016
Canfor Pulp Ltd. – Northwood Division Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight October 13, 2016
Cando Rail Services Ltd. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight, Transportation of Passengers September 30, 2016

Nipissing Central Railway

Railway Company Transportation of Freight, Operation and Maintenance of Line Work September 30, 2016
Central Maine and Quebec Railway Canada Inc. Railway Company Transportation of Freight, Operation and Maintenance of Line Work September 16, 2016
Stewart Southern Railway Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight September 16, 2016
Battle River Railway NGC Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight September 16, 2016
Essar Steel Algoma Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight September 13, 2016
Société du chemin de fer de la Gaspésie Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight September 13, 2016
Railserve Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight

September 9, 2016

Southern Rails Co-operative Ltd. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight September 2, 2016
Keewatin Railway Company Local Railway Company Transportation of Passengers, Transportation of Freight August 26, 2016
Chemin de fer Sartigan Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight August 15, 2016
West Coast Express Limited Local Railway Company Transportation of Passengers August 15, 2016
Huron Central Railway Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight July 16, 2016
RaiLink Canada Ltd. Railway Company Transportation of Freight Operation and Maintenance of Line Work July 14, 2016
Transport Ferroviaire Tshiuetin Inc. Railway Company Transportation of Freight Operation and Maintenance of Line Work Transportation of Passengers July 14, 2016
Cargill Limited –
Cargill Limitée
Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight July 14, 2016
Southern Railway of British Columbia Limited Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight July 7, 2016
Goderich-Exeter Railway Company Limited Railway Company Transportation of Freight Operation and Maintenance of Line Work Transportation of Passengers July 5, 2016
Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway Ltd. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight June 22, 2016
Knob Lake and Timmins Railway Company Inc. Railway Company Transportation of Freight
Operation and Maintenance of Line Work
June 22, 2016
Great Canadian Railtour Company Ltd. Railway Company Transportation of Passengers
Operation and Maintenance of Line Work
June 21, 2016
Central Manitoba Railway Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight June 21, 2016
Ontario Southland Railway Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight June 21, 2016
Chemin de fer de Québec-Gatineau Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight June 20, 2016
St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (Québec) Inc. Railway Company Transportation of Freight
Operation and Maintenance of Line Work
June 20, 2016
Hudson Bay Railway Company Railway Company Transportation of Freight
Transportation of Passengers
Operation and Maintenance of Line Work
June 20, 2016
Carlton Trail Railway Company Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight June 20, 2016
Kettle Falls International Railway Company Railway Company Transportation of Freight
Operation and Maintenance of Line Work
June 20, 2016
Compagnie du Chemin de fer Roberval Saguenay Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight June 6, 2016
CSX Transportation, Inc. Railway Company Transportation of Freight
Operation and Maintenance of Line Work
June 3, 2016
Logistec Stevedoring (Nova Scotia) Inc. also carrying on business as Sydney Coal Railway Railway Company Transportation of Freight
Operation and Maintenance of Line Work
June 3, 2016
The Essex Terminal Railway Company Railway Company Transportation of Freight
Operation and Maintenance of Line Work
June 2, 2016
Canadian National Railway Company Railway Company Transportation of Freight
Transportation of Passengers
Operation and Maintenance of Line Work
May 30, 2016
Agence Métropolitaine de Transport Local Railway Company Transportation of Passengers April 11, 2016
RTK WP2 Canada Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight April 8, 2016
Koch Fertilizer Canada, ULC Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight March 7, 2016
Chemin de fer Orford Express Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Passengers January 20, 2016
Rio Tinto Alcan Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight December 2, 2015
Minnesota Dakota & Western Railway Company Railway Company Transportation of Freight November 13, 2015
Great Western Railway, Ltd. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight November 3, 2015
West Coast Railway Association Local Railway Company Transportation of Passengers October 8, 2015
Québec North Shore & Labrador Railway Railway Company Transportation of Freight
Transportation of Passengers
Operation and Maintenance of Line Work
October 8, 2015
Boundary Trail Railway Company, Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight October 1, 2015
Prairie Rail Solutions Ltd. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight August 18, 2015
Thunder Rail Ltd. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight August 18, 2015
Canadian Pacific Railway Company Railway Company Transportation of Freight
Transportation of Passengers
Operation and Maintenance of Line Work
July 23, 2015
Prudential Steel ULC Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight July 20, 2015
Kamloops Heritage Railway Society Local Railway Company Transportation of Passengers May 15, 2015
Railmark Canada Limited Local Railway Company Transportation of Passengers

Railway Operating Certificate no longer valid as of September 2, 2016.

The company has stopped operating.

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