We would like to share an update received from CN Rail regarding disruptions in their traffic following blockades of their lines in British Columbia and Ontario.
The blockades represent a solidarity action with the pipeline opposition movement and are not related CN’s activities. Nevertheless, this blockade is affecting the movement of goods between Western Canada and Eastern Canada and between Eastern Canada and Mid-west USA. CN’s double tracked mainline has been shut down since approximately 5 p.m. local time on Thursday, February 6.
The blockade in British Columbia is on the mainline in New Hazelton, BC, west of Smithers, BC, affecting all traffic in and out of the Ports of Prince Rupert and Kitimat, BC. The main line has been shut down since approximately 3 p.m. local time on Saturday, February 8.
Nearly 132 trains have now been directly impacted since the blockades have began. This includes passenger trains that connect communities and trains that deliver key goods and products such as propane for home heating, consumer and refrigerated goods, feedstocks into manufacturing plants, grains from Canadian farmers, coal from mines in B.C., and containerized goods for grocery and big box stores.
The supply chain has started to feel the impact from coast to coast, at the Port of Prince Rupert, Port of Montreal, and the Port of Halifax and beyond.
CN Rail is monitoring the situation closely and is evaluating options considering the impact these situation have on those who depend on rail transportation to move goods and passengers safely and efficiently.
Our CSR & Operations teams will contact you to update on live shipments moving via CN Rail to their final destination across Canada.