Working for the C.P.R.

Many thousands of people have been employed by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company since its inception in 1881. During the construction of the railway, many of these people were Chinese immigrants, working for considerably less than their Canadian and European counterparts. Chinese labourers held the most dangerous construction jobs, such as working with explosives. Two men died for every mile of track that was laid.

Since the completion of the railway, the C.P.R. employed workers as passenger agents, train operators, steamship captains, cooks, engineers, stewards, and many other occupations.

The Chung Collection contains textual records and ephemera relating to employment with the Canadian Pacific Railway, including operating rules for employees, pension regulations, examination booklets, certificates of discharge related to service on C.P.R. steamships, correspondence and scrapbooks, as well as photographs of C.P.R. employees.

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