Transportation & Ports

An efficient and inter-connected network of rail and port infrastructure is critical to get Canadian coal to market.

Rail


Coal is one of Canada’s top bulk commodities transported by rail and handled by our ports. Each year, between 30 and 40 Mt are transported by Canadian National (CN) and Canadian Pacific (CP) rail operators and handled by west-coast ports

30
Million

Canada’s railroads move over 30 million tonnes of coal annually.

$3
Billion

In 2011, both CN and CP invested almost $3 billion on infrastructure and fleet upgrades. A significant amount of that investment supports coal shipments.

CN & CP

Both CN and CP are making major efforts to support the coal industry through increased cooperation and track sharing.

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Ports and Terminals


About 80% of Canada’s coal exports are shipped through British Columbia mainly because the vast amount (90%) of Canada’s coal deposits are located in western provinces. In 2016 Canadian ports helped facilitate the export of approximately 37 million tonnes of coal.

The following ports/terminals handle international and domestic shipments of coal

Port Metro Vancouver

(British Columbia)

Westshore Terminals near Vancouver

(British Columbia)

Neptune Terminals near Vancouver

(British Columbia)

Ridley Terminals near Prince Rupert

(British Columbia)

Port of Thunder Bay

(Ontario)

International Coal Pier at Sydney

(Nova Scotia) currently only imports coal.