Rail Transportation in Canada: Market Research Report

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Rail Transportation in Canada Market Research Report | NAICS 48211CA | Feb 2016

Fully trained: Freight volumes are expected to grow with overall economy, boosting demand

IBISWorld’s Rail Transportation market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Rail Transportation industry is emerging as the mainstay in Canadian freight transportation. During the recession, the industry found itself at its lowest point in decades. This decline was short lived, however, as industry revenue recovered in the following years, leaving operators well positioned to expand during recovery and after. In the coming years, the industry may benefit from upcoming capital programs, which can become revenue-generating segments in the future... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

The Rail Transportation industry has a high level of capital intensity, primarily because operators must develop their own infrastructure and continuously look to reinvest capital. Additionally, rail cars can be heavily specialized, which further contributes to the industry's high capital costs associated with entry to the market. In 2016, industry operators typically invest $0.34 of capital for every dollar of labour. According to the Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers, the rate of depreciation on locomotives was increased to 30.0% in 2008. A higher depreciation rate increases the depreciation payments on an asset in the earlier years, which allows operators to benefit from lower taxable income... purchase to read more


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What is the Rail Transportation Industry?

Industry operators primarily manage railways, including long-haul or mainline railways, short-haul railways and passenger railways. This industry excludes the operation of street railways and urban rapid transit, tourist and scenic trains, or switching and terminal railways.

Industry Products
Intermodal freight transportationBulk freight transportationPassengers transportation
Industry Activities
Transporting freight by mainline railways Transporting freight by short line railwaysTransporting passengers by railways

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