CN extends EcoConnexions From the Ground Up program for three more years to green public properties across Canada

 CN extends EcoConnexions From the Ground Up program for three more years to
                    green public properties across Canada

PR Newswire

OTTAWA, Oct. 25, 2013

OTTAWA, Oct. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) today announced
it will extend its CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up program for another
three years owing to a strong response from many Canadian communities to the
program's inaugural 2012-13 launch. CN will provide grants of as much as
$25,000 apiece in matching funds to more than 100 Canadian communities in
2014-16 to help green public properties. Since CN initiated the program in
2012, community support of the program has been strong, with nearly 200
communities applying for funds. A total of 55 applications have been approved.

"We are honoured by the breadth of interest being shown in the program by
communities across Canada," said Sean Finn, CN Executive Vice-President,
Corporate Services, and Chief Legal Officer. "The projects we're seeing are
outstanding for their scope and creativity. What is especially impressive is
the connection being made between CN and these communities - we're all
learning that greening and sustainability are objectives we have in common and
can work together to achieve.

CN's EcoConnexions From the Ground Up program will continue to invite
applications for tree planting and other green spaces programs each year in
communities across its network. Planting trees and improving green spaces in
these locations will not only help beautify these areas, but will also provide
natural noise and visual barriers, help purify air, provide shade and habitat
for songbirds, and decrease soil erosion.

CN works in partnership with two prominent national organizations on the
program. Tree Canada has a 20-year reputation for empowering communities to
develop and maintain healthy urban and rural forests. Communities in Bloom is
renowned in communities across Canada for its work in enhancing green spaces.
These have worked with CN in developing and implementing the program to ensure
quality greening projects established across the country.

"CN has led the way in connecting Canadians for close to a century," says Tree
Canada President Michael Rosen. "We have already seen our national landscape
improve through the opportunities provided to municipalities and Aboriginal
communities through From the Ground Up. Tree Canada is proud to be a part of
this fantastic initiative."

"The projects undertaken in 2012 and 2013 have exceeded our expectations,"
said Raymond Carrière, Founding President of Communities in Bloom. "Not only
has the From the Ground Up program enabled communities to create green spaces,
it has also demonstrated sustainability such as creating environments to learn
about urban forestry and composting, provide play areas in much needed areas,
establish natural buffer areas, and much more.

CN's EcoConnexions From the Ground Up program will provide grants to
communities selected on the basis of a simple on-line application which
includes criteria such as the community's ability to match CN's grant,
community engagement and the long term sustainability of the plantings. CN is
now accepting applications for the 2014 program. Complete details on the
program and an application form are available at www.cnfromthegroundup.ca.

About CN
CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI)is a true backbone of the economy, transporting
approximately C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of
business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to
consumer goods, across a rail network spanning Canada and mid-America. CN -
Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway
subsidiaries -- serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C.,
Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas
of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth,
Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in
North America. For more information on CN, visit the company's website at
www.cn.ca.

About Tree Canada
Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to
encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural
environments.Tree Canada engages Canadian companies, government agencies and
individuals to support the planting of trees, the greening of schoolyards, and
other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and
maintaining trees. To date, almost 80 million trees have been planted, 540
schoolyards have been greened, and Tree Canada has helped organize nine
national urban forest conferences. More information about Tree Canada is
available at www.treecanada.ca.

About Communities in Bloom
Communities in Bloom is a Canadian non-profit organization committed to
fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification through
community involvement and the challenge of a national program, with focus on
the enhancement of green spaces. The pride, sense of community and feeling of
accomplishment generated through participation are visible in communities
across Canada. For more information about Communities in Bloom, visit
www.communitiesinbloom.ca.

SOURCE CN

Contact:

For CN
Jim Feeny
Director, Public & Government Affairs
(514) 358-4868
jim.feeny@cn.ca

For Tree Canada
Richard Walker
Director of Communications
(613) 567-5545, ext.221
rwalker@treecanada.ca

For Communities in Bloom
Vivian Shum
Marketing and Communications
(514) 694-8871
communication@cib-cef.com
 
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