CPR Railway Vegetation Control Program


The following information was prepared by CP. It is shared on the municipal website as a public notice.

Please be advised that Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) will be carrying out its 2021 annual vegetation control program within your city limits.

This program will be confined to CP's right-of-way, part of this program will consist of grass and weed control using herbicides on the ballast (gravelled section) and the second part (if needed) will take care of the brush on selected rail lines. The rail ballast portion of the program will take place within your municipality between May 4th and August 31st, as for the brush control, if needed, will be between May 4th and August 31st. Some manual brush control involving stump treatment may occur from May 4th until December 15. 

This program is necessary to eliminate brush and weeds which constitute a hazard to the public and to CP's employees as well. If left uncontrolled, vegetation contributes to trackside fires, impairs visibility of train signals, impairs sight lines at railway crossings, impairs proper inspection of track infrastructure, etc. This is all in accordance with Ontario Regulation 63/09, which grants public works the right to use herbicides when it comes to the safety of their infrastructure. All applications will be carried out by qualified operators in conformity with current federal and provincial regulations. This program will also be subject to all habitation and aquatic setbacks listed on the products' label. All herbicides are registered under the PMRA and they are all biodegradable. 

We invite you to visit CP's web site at www.cpr.ca, where a detailed schedule of our vegetation control operations is posted. 

We also have a 24/7, toll-free service called Community Connect dedicated in providing answers to any question related to CP's railway operations and can be reached at 1-800-766-7912. You can also send them an online form or an email. You can find all this information by simply scrolling down while on "Ontario Spray Schedules" webpage

We would like also to take this opportunity to remind you that, as per Transport Canada "Railway Safety Act", it is illegal to be on any railway property without lawful authorization.