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


2017 Red Coleman Service to Industry Award Recipient: Louie Tolaini of the TransX Group of Companies

- by Aaron Dolyniuk


2017 Omnitracs MTA Distinguished Member Award Recipient: Kleysen Group Ltd.

- by Aaron Dolyniuk


2017 Payne Transportation Ltd. MTA Associate of the Year: Jim Campbell of First Class Training Centre Inc.

- by Aaron Dolyniuk


Do you have what it takes to be one of the top workplaces in Canada’s trucking and logistics industry?

- by Don Stewart

OTTAWA, ON (November 1, 2017)— Applications are now open for Trucking HR Canada’s 5th annual Top Fleet Employers program, which recognizes fleets who demonstrate a commitment to going above and beyond in their human resources practices.

Applications and online submissions will be accepted at until close of business on January 31, 2018.

The Top Fleet Employers program is open to any Canadian fleet, and recognizes employers that meet Trucking HR Canada’s standards of excellence in human resources for the trucking industry. There is no limit to the number or size of fleets which can be honoured.

The Top Fleet Employers program rates workplaces on recruitment and retention initiatives, compensation, lifestyle, employee engagement and communications, health and wellness, and professional development, while bringing together fleets of all sizes and from all regions of the country to co-operatively celebrate great trucking and logistics industry workplaces. 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.

“Successful fleets across the country see the value this program offers – from recruitment and retention, marketing, employee engagement to benchmarking their HR programs and practices – participating fleets are reaping the benefits of being recognized as leaders amongst their peers”, says Isabelle Hétu, Director, Programs and Services at Trucking HR Canada. “This is critical for an industry that seeks to attract the skilled labour it needs and showcases the trucking and logistics sector as a great place to work!”

Trucking HR Canada is a national partnership-based organization that is dedicated to developing, sharing and promoting the trucking industry’s best practices in human resources and training.

For further information, contact:

David Bradley Acting Chief Executive Officer 613-244-4800


Interested In How Trucking Carrier-Customer Relations Will Look In An ELD World?

- by Don Stewart

Mandatory Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) – coming into effect in the U.S. in December 2017 and in Canada shortly after-are fundamentally changing carrier-shipper relations. As carriers gear up to comply with the rule, shippers need to consider the implications to their own businesses.

Consequently, the Canadian Trucking Alliance has released a white board video and one-page infographic explaining the implications of ELDs on the shipper community. Specifically, the video describes how the supply chain has an obligation to reduce waiting time and ensure truck drivers’ time is spent driving rather than waiting to load and unload and customers’ facilities.

“Under an ELD mandate, hours of service rules are not a stop watch that can be halted and restarted,” said CTA president Stephen Laskowski. “The entire supply chain coming under the microscope. Pushing carriers and drivers to bend compliance is no longer an option.”

The video also details how shippers and carriers need to plan better to account for other delays outside of a driver’s control – such as construction, severe weather and cross-border snarls – which can all eat up allowable driving hours. Furthermore, carriers need to work closer with their customers in creating as many safe resting and downtime opportunities as possible.

Carriers are encouraged to share the video and infographic with their supply chain partners and customers.

“We’re hopeful this commons sense message will help all parties to become more flexible and fulfill their responsibility to create a safe supply chain in an ELD world,” says Laskowski.

CTA anticipates Canada will publish its own ELD proposal later this fall.

Click here to see and share the white board video (English or French) via YouTube and click here to download the related .pdf infographics (English or French).


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