Carbon Tax as it relates to the 2018 Budget

- by Don Stewart

The Manitoba Trucking Association was front and centre, when Finance Minister Cameron Friesen unveiled Manitoba’s 2018 Budget. On the heels of the unveiling, the MTA attended an event headlined by Minister Friesen, with hopes of better understanding the carbon tax revenue dispersement model. At both events, MTA staff made it clear to our government representatives that the current course isn’t acceptable to our industry.

Starting September 1, 2018, the fuel pumps in Manitoba will see an increase of 6.7 cents a litre for diesel, which equates to an additional $50 million in fuel tax paid by Heavy Diesel Vehicles in Manitoba, over and above the $318 million Manitoba collects in fuel tax from our industry at present.

The MTA has been working tirelessly alongside the provincial government for some time, with the expectation of collaborating on a commercial vehicle GHG reduction strategy. The MTA and others were advised to expect that the revenues collected from the carbon tax would be revenue neutral and invested into environmental programming, which for our industry would come in the form of the GrEEEner Trucking Efficiency Initiative. This is not the case as the government has clearly stated that carbon tax revenues will be directed towards income tax and other cuts. As well, in 2018 and forecasted for 2019, the provincial government has stated they will be collecting more in carbon taxes than they will be returning to Manitobans.

The MTA is diligently working with government to right this. MTA staff have been told that some programming for the trucking industry is coming. We will continue working in good faith in that regard but need our members to know that until specific commitments have been made public, we will not cease to speak out on this issue.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact the staff at the MTA.

204 632-6600


MTA Office closed due to weather

- by Aaron Dolyniuk

Please be advised the MTA office will be closed today, March 5th due to weather.

If you need immediate assistance please contact us at

We apologize for any inconveniance.


Permit Office Closure

- by Don Stewart


The permit services office (CVSP) will be closing at 1700 on Friday February 16,2018 for scheduled maintenance to the on line permitting system (ARPS)

The ARPS will be unavailable commencing on Friday February 16, 2018 at 1700 until Tuesday February 20, 2018 at 0800.


Please ensure that permits are obtained prior to 1700 on Friday February 16, 2018.

The Permit Office will be closed on Monday February 19, 2018 for Louis Riel Day.

Regular hours of operation
Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CST)
Please notify any of your contacts of this closure.
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
You can contact Permit Services at:
Phone: (204) 945-3961 (local) or (877) 812-0009 (toll free)
Fax: (204) 945-6499
Motor Carrier Division/Commercial Vehicle Safety and Permits
Unit C 1695 Sargent Avenue, Wpg, MB R3H0C4
T 1-877-812-0009 or 204-945-3961 F 204-945-6499
Email :


How Important Is Trucking To An Economy?

- by Don Stewart

The trucking industry is an integral part of any economy. Practically every industry relies on trucking for the delivery of materials, in order to manufacture or produce the product and then deliver the product to the marketplace.

Look around your home or office, chances are that each product from the furniture to the clothes you’re wearing to the food you eat has seen the inside of a truck. Most aspects of everyday life are only possible because of the hard work of truck drivers and trucking companies. The trucking industry is helping people get the things they need everyday.

We often think of trucking, solely being a truck and a driver. In Manitoba, Trucking directly employs over 28,000 people and contributes more than 2 Billion to Manitoba's GDP annually. With more than 475 for hire trucking companies in Manitoba and our geographical location, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Pembina/Emerson border crossing, is the 5th busiest CA/US crossing. As a result, Highway #75 moves 19 Billion in trade between Manitoba and the United States.

Trained truck drivers are integral for the trucking industry to run smoothly and efficiently, however there are many moving parts and pieces to a trucking company. Like most businesses, trucking has many departments/teams behind the scenes and on the front lines. Dispatchers, Maintenance Facilities, HR departments, Customer Service, Logistics and Supply, Business Development and Administrative Support, to mention a few.

Between 2016 and 2025 the trucking industry in Manitoba will need to fill more than 8,200 jobs including; 3,400 new drivers and more than 2,000 Heavy Duty Technicians. That would equate to almost 1 trained driver required every day for the next 10 years. All these numbers are staggering, but it's safe to say, any disruption in truck transportation services will cause lots of economic disruptions in all sectors of the economy.

If you would like to learn more or wish to take advantage of a career in an economically impactful industry, please reach out to the Manitoba Trucking Association or visit:

204 632-6600


Are You A Top Fleet Employer?

- by Don Stewart

Only two weeks remain to apply for a spot in Trucking HR Canada’s 5th annual list of Top Fleet Employers, which recognizes fleets that offer the top workplaces in Canada’s Trucking Industry.

Online submissions will be accepted at until 4 p.m. EST on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

“Our Top Fleet Employers program brings together forward-thinking fleets of all sizes from across the country who have not only made human resources a priority, but an integral part of their business strategy,” says Isabelle Hétu, Director of Programs and Services at Trucking HR Canada. “The program provides Canadian fleets with an exceptional opportunity to be recognized as leaders among their peers and showcase the industry as a great place to work.” Considering the ever-shrinking supply of labour in all occupations and greater competition amongst and between industries, portraying a positive image of trucking workplaces is essential.

The Top Fleet Employers program rates workplaces on recruitment and retention initiatives, compensation, lifestyle, employee engagement and communications, health and wellness, and professional development. In addition to the online application and document submission, the process also involves employee surveys and follow-up interviews where required. Selection criteria reflect human resources issues, trends and working environments seen in the Canadian trucking industry, and have been validated by a panel of industry experts and a Certified Human Resources Professional.

Forty-eight fleets were recognized in the 4th annual program; the following video was presented at the 2017 Gala Awards Dinner this past October, and features recognized fleets highlighting the reasons why they chose to participate in the program:


If you have any questions if regards to the Top Fleet Employers Application, please don't hesitate to contact the MTA at 204 632-6600


MTA Holiday Hours

- by alyssa ruttan

Manitoba Trucking Association will be closed from December 22nd at 11:30 am.

Normal Business hours will resume on January 2nd, 2018.

We apologise for the inconvenience.


Federal ELD Announcement

- by Aaron Dolyniuk


Canadian Trucking Alliance

Media Contact: Marco Beghetto, VP Communications & New Media

(416) 249-7401 x 238

CTA Welcomes Fed ELD Announcement; Urges Uniform Support by All Provinces

(Brampton, ON, Dec. 18, 2017) – The Canadian Trucking Alliance is applauding federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s leadership in introducing language in Gazette I which mandates the use of electronic logging devices (ELDS) in the trucking industry.

The Alliance will now continue consulting with the provinces on a strategy to roll out these imperative safety devices across Canada as soon as possible.

“CTA knows Minister Garneau wants to see enforcement of this important safety regulation as soon as possible. During the comment period of the Canada Gazette I process, our sector will be working with all provincial stakeholders to support Minister Garneau’s safety vision,” said CTA Chair Gene Orlick, owner and president of Orlicks Inc. in Calgary, Alta.

Following the comment period, Transport Canada will publish the final rule along with the implementation date. CTA is urging governments across Canada not to stall nation-wide enforcement.

“Regardless of how long it takes to publish a final rule in Canada Gazette II, CTA would like to see all provinces introducing mandatory enforcement of ELDs as soon as possible,” said CTA president Stephen Laskowski.

Although much input has been provided into the Canada Gazette I process by CTA, provincial officials and ELD suppliers, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation is the only provincial transport minister to publicly support the mandatory introduction of ELDs. The lack of a similar declaration elsewhere in Canada to date could complicate the process and the publishing date of Canada Gazette II, says CTA.

“ELDs will ensure optimum compliance with the hours-of-service regulation, reducing commercial vehicle collisions related to fatigue and cognitive driver distraction,” said Laskowski. “At a time when every province is looking to reduce fatalities and collisions related to commercial fatigue and distracted driving, we believe every transportation minister should be sharing Minister Garneau’s commitment to see this important legislation take effect as soon as possible.”

To meet CTA’s desire to see this ELD rule implemented as soon as possible, CTA recently asked the Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Road Safety to consider the following recommendations:

  • As soon as possible declare your support for an intraprovincial ELD mandate mirroring the proposed federal regulation. A clear public message of the expectations and timeframes needs to be sent to all carriers that would be subject to an ELD mandate.
  • Prioritize and accelerate the introduction of provincial regulations/legislation that adopts by reference the federal mandate (including any sectoral exemptions that exist within the federal standard).
  • Commence educational awareness and enforcement of the ELD mandate as soon as possible to ensure hard enforcement can begin as soon as possible.
  • Focus hours-of-service enforcement efforts as soon as possible on those carrier segments that will continue to rely on paper logbooks during the period up to the passage of the provincial regulations/legislation.

“The US’s experience in implementing ELDs has shown us that even with two years to prepare, there will be some in our sector that never choose to comply in time,” said Chair Orlick. “While we need to be respectful of the transition-time requirements of ELD implementation to businesses and governments, we also must not manage to the lowest common denominator and ensure everybody is fairly complying with the rules.”

CTA has produced two videos illustrating the impact of ELDs on the supply chain. The first video – The ABCs of ELDs (French version here) explains the transition issues fleets will face moving from paper logbooks to ELDS; while the second video (FR here) describes how carriers can better explain to shippers the role they play and how they affect operations in an e-log world.

CTA would like to thank Steve Ondejko of Windsor, Ont.-based Onfreight Logistics (Ontario Trucking Association chair); Gary Arnold of Arnold Bros. Transport in Winnipeg (Manitoba Trucking Association chair); Kenan Advantage Group’s Grant Mitchell of Edmonton (Alberta Motor Transport Association chair) for attending the event. Also, a special thanks to Kriska Transportation driver and OTA Road Knight, Louis Carette, for demonstrating ELDs to the minister Garneau; as well as Al Boughton and the Trailcon Leasing team for hosting the event.



MTA 2017 Year in Review Video

- by Aaron Dolyniuk



- by Don Stewart

The Manitoba Trucking Association Fall Awards Gala honoured excellence in the trucking industry and celebrated the accomplishments from the year. This year’s winners were:

  • Red Coleman Service to Industry Award – Louie Tolaini of TransX Group of Companies
  • Omnitracs Distinguished Member Award – Kleysen Group Ltd.
  • Payne Transportation Ltd. Associate of the Year – Jim Campbell of First Class Training Center Inc.
  • 2017 Manitoba Driver of the Year, sponsored by Volvo Trucks Canada – Ron Rodych of Gordon Food Service
  • RBC / Manitoba Trucking Association Pioneers Award – Paul Arnaud (Big Freight Systems Inc.), Monique Laramee (Big Freight Systems Inc.), Robert Wensel (Arnold Bros. Transport Ltd.), Darrin Fiske (Kleysen Group Ltd.)

The MTA would like to thank all of our event sponsors and those who attended the 2017 MTA Fall Awards Gala.


Winter Seasonal Weights Allowed November 12 in Climate Zone 3

- by Aaron Dolyniuk


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