Notice - Canadian Pacific Railway 2023 Vegetation Control Program

Please be advised that Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) will be carrying out its 2023 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 10 and August 31st, as for the brush control, if needed, will be between May 10 and August 31st. Some manual brush control involving stump treatment may occur from May 10 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, where a detailed schedule of our vegetation control operations is posted. To find the schedule move your cursor over "Community" Gust above the main banner), a drop-down menu will open and then select the item "Living Near the Railway". Once on that page, scroll down until you see "Vegetation Management" and then click on the "Learn More" button. Then, among the items listed on the far left of the screen, click on "Ontario vegetation control" to see the link to the actual schedule (a pdf document). You can also use the following address with your browser.

We also have a 24/7 service called Community Connect dedicated in providing answers to any question related to CP's railway operations. You can send them an online form by visiting on CP's website. You can find the form by simply scrolling down the Community Connect webpage and under "Send Us a Note" click on "Fill out this form".

We invite you to communicate this information to your citizens as well. 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.

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