CN and Canadian Pacific (CP) are donating $100,000 apiece to the Canadian Red Cross to support the 2021 British Columbia Floods and Extreme Weather appeal.
The move is part of the two Class I railroads’ recovery and restoration efforts—along with those of the governments of Canada and British Columbia and others—after devastating floods cut off Vancouver from rail and road service on Nov. 16.
“The communities and First Nations along the CN network are our neighbors, and neighbors help each other in times of need,” CN President and CEO JJ Ruest said. “I would like to thank our employees and disaster relief personnel who have been organizing evacuations, delivering medical equipment, and escorting health care workers to stranded sites since the beginning of the floods. This [$100,000] donation will help provide much needed shelter, essential goods, emotional support to thousands of stranded residents, and help rebuild once the waters recede.”
“While working tirelessly to restore our rail network, we have never lost sight of the impact this disaster is having on the people who call B.C. home,” CP President and CEO Keith Creel said. “We hope that this [$100,000] contribution will support the Canadian Red Cross efforts to aid residents in immediate need of shelter, food and other essentials in wake of this disaster and help residents as they rebuild.”
CP is also matching employee donations made to the Canadian Red Cross.