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Track Maintainer/Labourer

No Railroad experience is required! We are hiring for 2024. 


Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) are now CPKC. As the only truly North American railway, we are making big moves! Drawing on our strong foundations and heritage, CPKC moves essential goods across our 20,000-mile network to support economic growth throughout Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Be a part of history as we connect a continent and create exciting career opportunities across our new transnational network. Visit to learn about the CPKC advantage, our purpose and culture



To maintain the track and surrounding areas using moderate physical labour and technology (automated machinery). We use technology as much as possible to eliminate physical stress on the body. Duties can include replacing and repairing various track components including rails, railway ties, fences and adjusting the alignment and the surface of the track as well as responding to emergencies and track outages.


This is a travelling position where your typical schedule with be 8 on/6 off. While travelling, you will receive a rate premium, mileage, hotel accommodations, meal expenses, etc.  You will receive 2 weeks paid training to set you up for success as a Railroader.



Moderate to heavy physical labour on an assigned area of track. This work involves:

  • Pulling track spikes
  • Applying rail anchor
  • Shoveling crushed rock
  • Bending & lifting up to 50 lbs on a regular basis
  • Repetitive tasks
  • An emphasis on safety is critical for all employees. This can be a high-risk environment as you will be working around heavy moving equipment
  • Employees must remain focused at all times and be willing to work in a team environment
  • The work location is outdoors and, therefore, you will be working in all weather conditions (rain, direct sunlight, snow etc)
  • The typical schedule is 8 ON/ 6 OFF, but can be subject to change based on operational needs
  • Will be required to be away from home (accommodations and meal allowance provided)
  • Work can be seasonal and employees may be laid off at the end of the work season
  • Employees will be called back as needed (and in seniority order) for the next work season



  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Possess a High School diploma or GED
  • A valid driver’s license
  • A valid Class 3 license, CL4, CL3/Air, CL2, CL1/Air would be considered an asset
  • A safety-oriented work ethic supported by experience within the labour industry
  • The ability to follow instructions and rules and regulations
  • Ability to work as a valuable member of a team
  • Good written and verbal communication/comprehension skills are essential



This is a Safety Sensitive position, which will require pre-employment checks that can take multiple weeks to complete once successfully selected.  For transparency in the recruitment process (9-12 weeks), we:

  • Collect and gather applicants (2-3 weeks)
  • Screen and interview candidates (2-3 weeks)
  • Criminal, Drug and Medical Clearances (3-4 weeks)



  • Flexible and competitive benefits package
  • Competitive company pension plan
  • Employee Share Purchase Plan
  • Annual Fitness Subsidy
  • Part-time Studies Program

Medical Requirements:

Operating safely is a core foundation of CPKC. Our commitment is to protect our people, customers, communities in which we operate, the environment and our assets. We are also committed to a healthy and safe workplace. CPKC’s Alcohol and Drug Policy and Procedures (“Policy and Procedures”) support these commitments.   All new hires for a safety sensitive position will be required to complete a pre-employment medical that includes a physical, vision, hearing, alcohol, and drug audit assessment. Pre-employment qualification drug test(s) are also required. This includes candidates participating in the Trainee Program who will also be required to pass a drug test during the training process before receiving final qualification for the position.


Background Investigation:

The successful candidate will need to successfully complete the following clearances:         

  • Criminal history check
  • Education verification
  • Driver’s License Verification

CPKC is an employment equity employer committed to the principles of employment equity and inclusion. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply including women, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities. Accommodations for the job application process can be provided, as appropriate, upon request. All applicant information will be managed in accordance with the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)”. 


  • Req ID: 102161
  • Department: Engineering
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Union
  • Location: Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • Country: Canada
  • % of Travel: 90-100%
  • # of Positions: 2
  • Compensation Rate: 23.927
  • Job Available to: Internal & External

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