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 been issued a 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

St. Paul & Pacific Northwest Railroad Company, LLC Railway Company Transportation of Freight & Operation and maintenance of line work 2018-12-28
Maska-Wa Transportation Association Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Passengers 2018-07-16
GIO Railways Corporation Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2018-06-29
Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2018-05-18
The Vintage Locomotive Society Inc. O/A Prairie Dog Central Railway Local Railway Company Transportation of Passengers 2017-05-09
White Pass & Yukon Route Railroad Railway Company Transportation of Passengers Operations and maintenance of line work 2018-07-31
Réseau de transport métropolitain Local Railway Company Transportation of Passengers 2017-04-26
The Toronto Terminals Railway Company Limited Railway Company Operation and Maintenance of Line Work 2016-12-29
Trillium Railway Co. Ltd. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-12-22
Great Sandhills Railway Ltd. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-12-22
Union Pacific Railroad Company Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-12-22
9961526 Canada Limited Railway Company Transportation of Freight/Operation and Maintenance of line work 2016-12-21
Ontario Northland Transportation Commission Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-12-13
RTC Rail Solutions Ltd. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-12-12
Source Energy Services Canadian Logistics LP GP Ltd. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2018-07-10 (Railway Operating Certificate no longer valid as of July 10, 2018. The company has stopped operating.)
BNSF Railway Company Railway Company Transportation of Freight
Operations and maintenance of line work
2016-11-25
Torch River Rail Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-11-25
Eastern Maine Railway Company Railway Company Transportation of Freight, Operation and Maintenance of Line Work 2016-11-16
Metrolinx Local Railway Company Transportation of Passengers 2016-11-16
National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) Railway Company Transportation of Passengers 2016-11-14
Norfolk Southern Railway Company Railway Company Transportation of Freight, Operation and Maintenance of Line Work 2016-11-09
VIA Rail Canada Inc. Railway Company Transportation of Passengers, Operation and Maintenance of Line Work 2016-11-09
City of Ottawa carrying on business as Capital Railway Railway Company Transportation of Passengers, Operation and Maintenance of Line Work 2016-10-27
Last Mountain Railway Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-10-27
Big Sky Railway Corp. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-10-27
Lake Line Railroad Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-10-27
Canfor Pulp Ltd. – Northwood Division Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-10-13
Cando Rail Services Ltd. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2018-11-07
Nipissing Central Railway Railway Company Transportation of Freight, Operation and Maintenance of Line Work 2016-09-30
Central Maine and Quebec Railway Canada Inc. Railway Company Transportation of Freight, Operation and Maintenance of Line Work 2016-09-16
Stewart Southern Railway Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-09-16
Battle River Railway NGC Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-09-16
Essar Steel Algoma Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-09-13
Société du chemin de fer de la Gaspésie Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-09-13
Railserve Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-09-09
Southern Rails Co-operative Ltd. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-09-02
Keewatin Railway Company Local Railway Company Transportation of Passengers, Transportation of Freight 2016-08-26
Chemin de fer Sartigan Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-08-15
West Coast Express Limited Local Railway Company Transportation of Passengers 2016-08-15
Huron Central Railway Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-07-16
RaiLink Canada Ltd. Railway Company Transportation of Freight Operation and Maintenance of Line Work 2016-07-14
Transport Ferroviaire Tshiuetin Inc. Railway Company Transportation of Freight Operation and Maintenance of Line Work Transportation of Passengers 2016-07-14
Cargill Limited – Cargill Limitée Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-07-14
Southern Railway of British Columbia Limited Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-07-07
Goderich-Exeter Railway Company Limited Railway Company Transportation of Freight Operation and Maintenance of Line Work Transportation of Passengers 2016-07-05
Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway Ltd. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-06-22
Knob Lake and Timmins Railway Company Inc. Railway Company Transportation of Freight
Operation and Maintenance of Line Work
2016-06-22
Great Canadian Railtour Company Ltd. Railway Company Transportation of Passengers
Operation and Maintenance of Line Work
2016-06-21
Central Manitoba Railway Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2018-11-07
Ontario Southland Railway Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-06-21
Chemin de fer de Québec-Gatineau Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-06-20
St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (Québec) Inc. Railway Company Transportation of Freight
Operation and Maintenance of Line Work
2016-06-20
Hudson Bay Railway Company Railway Company Transportation of Freight
Transportation of Passengers
Operation and Maintenance of Line Work
2018-08-31
Carlton Trail Railway Company Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-06-20
Kettle Falls International Railway Company Railway Company Transportation of Freight
Operation and Maintenance of Line Work
2016-06-20
Compagnie du Chemin de fer Roberval Saguenay Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-06-06
CSX Transportation, Inc. Railway Company Transportation of Freight
Operation and Maintenance of Line Work
2016-06-03
Logistec Stevedoring (Nova Scotia) Inc. also carrying on business as Sydney Coal Railway Railway Company Transportation of Freight
Operation and Maintenance of Line Work
2018-07-28 (Railway Operating Certificate no longer valid as of July 28, 2018. The company has stopped operating.)
The Essex Terminal Railway Company Railway Company Transportation of Freight
Operation and Maintenance of Line Work
2016-06-02
Canadian National Railway Company Railway Company Transportation of Freight
Transportation of Passengers
Operation and Maintenance of Line Work
2016-05-30
Agence Métropolitaine de Transport Local Railway Company Transportation of Passengers 2017-06-01 (Railway Operating Certificate no longer valid as of June 1, 2017. The company has stopped operating.)
RTK WP2 Canada Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-04-08
Koch Fertilizer Canada, ULC Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2016-03-07
Chemin de fer Orford Express Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Passengers 2016-01-20
Rio Tinto Alcan Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2015-12-02
Minnesota Dakota & Western Railway Company Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2015-11-13
Great Western Railway, Ltd. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2015-11-03
West Coast Railway Association Local Railway Company Transportation of Passengers 2015-10-08
Québec North Shore & Labrador Railway Railway Company Transportation of Freight
Transportation of Passengers
Operation and Maintenance of Line Work
2015-10-08
Boundary Trail Railway Company, Inc. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2015-10-01
Prairie Rail Solutions Ltd. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2015-08-18
Thunder Rail Ltd. Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2015-08-18
Canadian Pacific Railway Company Railway Company Transportation of Freight
Transportation of Passengers
Operation and Maintenance of Line Work
2015-07-23
Prudential Steel ULC Local Railway Company Transportation of Freight 2015-07-20
Kamloops Heritage Railway Society Local Railway Company Transportation of Passengers 2015-05-15
Railmark Canada Limited Local Railway Company Transportation of Passengers 2016-09-02 (Railway Operating Certificate no longer valid as of September 2, 2016.
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