Carbon Tax Where Do We Go From Here?

- by Don Stewart

The provincial government has made it clear it is not utilizing the revenues generated from a carbon tax for efficiency programming.

This decision is counter to the government’s original direction, as laid out in the Manitoba Climate and Green Plan. This reversal has the government using the carbon tax to underwrite other financial commitments opposed to funding a carbon reduction strategy.

MTA staff worked in partnership with the government to develop a meaningful emissions reduction plan. A plan that would allow Manitoba to better understand the importance of fuel efficiency to our industry. This information was shared with the government in the form of our GrEEEner Trucking Fuel Efficiency Initiative, with the goal of industry approved short, medium and longer-term tools for reducing trucking GHG's.

It has always been the intention of the MTA to have the GrEEEner program self-funded by the trucking industry. Manitoba’s decision on the carbon tax has been made, however a meaningful fuel efficiency plan for trucking has not.

So where do we go from here?

The MTA has organised a Carbon Strategy Committee, which has been diligently working towards an industry approved carbon reduction strategy that will encourage and incentivise, meaningful efficiency activity which is good environmentally and economically.

The committee recently met with both the Minister of Sustainable Development and the Minister of Finance. At that meeting all agreed, that some interim measures for the trucking industry made sense and a commitment was made to meet with the MTA, to discuss what this might look like. MTA staff are currently working on scheduling this discussion.

Members with specific questions or comments are encouraged to contact MTA staff for details.

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Why Diversity and Inclusion Now?

- by Don Stewart

Diversity and Inclusion: A Roadmap for Canada's Trucking and Logistics Industry

For many years, leaders have been discussing the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, but why now? Why in 2018?

In essence, the world is not the same as it was 20 years ago. Because of changes in the workforce, marketplace and workplace, successful companies have recognised they require a different approach to management, in order to stay ahead of the wave.

To address the changing nature of demographics, the workplace, and the marketplace, Canadian organisations are taking a proactive approach. Some organisations are reconfiguring the demographic composition of their workforces to more closely match their consumer market-base. Other organisations are hiring people who bring new perspectives and solutions to an increasingly complex business environment.

Organisations are increasingly compelled to publicly report diversity and inclusion practices and policies. For example, Canadian publicly listed companies must report on their practices through Corporate Responsibility Statements. Other organisations are sharing their diversity policies and practices with their customers, as some customers are only doing business with diversity and inclusion leaders, within their industries.

Clearly, external forces are pushing Canadian organisations to get in front of the diversity and inclusion wave. To better understand the current state, corporate drivers, and leading practices of diversity and inclusion,Trucking HR has developed a new roadmap to help employers establish a diversity and inclusion framework for their company. The roadmap is an easy guide with step-by-step information, starting with the business case and how to get buy in from decision makers, all the way through to implementing and evaluating a solid framework.

For more information about Diversity and Inclusion or to download the Diversity and Inclusion Roadmap:

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Is A Standardized Driver Training Program On The Horizon For Manitoba?

- by Don Stewart


The Manitoba Trucking Association has been advocating for Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) for new drivers in Manitoba for many years. The MTA remains committed, that the educational requirement be in line with the National Occupational Standards (NOS)

Although there is still lots of work to be done, the MTA is encouraged by the below announcement and look forward to working with the province, while moving towards MELT.

The government of Manitoba is consulting on the implementation of a standardized system of training and certification for commercial truck drivers, Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler announced today.

“Our first priority is public safety on roadways and that is why we are announcing that we have started work across government to consider how a standardized system could work for the trucking industry,” Schuler said. “This is something the trucking industry has asked for and we want to work together in a collaborative way to see how this would work in Manitoba.”

Work will be done across government through Manitoba Infrastructure, Manitoba Education and Training, and Manitoba Public Insurance. A standardized system of training would allow for a uniform standard for all truck drivers across the province and would allow road safety to be the number one priority in issuing licenses. Educators in the province already provide training, approved by the province and Manitoba Public Insurance, to the current National Occupational Standard. However, there is no current requirement for new drivers to access this training.

Other jurisdictions, such as Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan, have either already changed their standard or are in process of working and engaging with stakeholders on upgrading to this standard.

“It is clear that Manitoba needs to start this work to ensure that all provinces are moving together on a standardized system of training,” Schuler added. “This work is beginning immediately and we hope to move forward with a plan of action as soon as possible.”

For More Information regarding MELT: Please Contact Terry Shaw 204 632-6600


Driver Training Funding Program, Are You Participating?

- by Don Stewart

After many years of advocating for publicly funded commercial driver training, the MTA is pleased to be partnering with the Province of Manitoba.Tuition funding for Manitobans wanting to train and work as Transport Truck Drivers, is in full swing and proving to be an incredible opportunity for our entire Industry in Manitoba.

Manitoba Education and Training through the Skills and Employment Partnerships branch has implemented a revised policy approach for supporting Class 1 truck driver training, under the Skills Development Program. This policy has been implemented as a one-year demonstration project with renewal dependent on an internal evaluation.

Under this revised policy, individuals who obtain a conditional offer of employment from an employer and a letter of acceptance from an accredited Class 1 truck driver training school will be eligible to receive 100% full tuition funding for truck driver training.There are also opportunities to leave existing employment in order to participate in this funded program. Other financial supports, including living allowances and other incidental costs, will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis depending on individual need.

Since our member seminar back in February with Manitoba Education and Training, The program has funded over 60 drivers, which equates to $488,000 in funding for industry prospects. This is exciting news for our industry in Manitoba and will help address driver shortage.

The MTA staff is strongly encouraging our members to sponsor drivers and participate with the Driver Training Funding Program. If you're unsure how to fully take advantage of this opportunity, please contact the staff at the Manitoba Trucking Association.

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MTA 86th AGM & Board of Directors Update

- by Aaron Dolyniuk

Friday, April-6-18- Winnipeg, MB - The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) today held its 86th Annual General Meeting at the RBC Convention Center. This year’s President's report focused on carbon tax concerns, association policy work and community engagement. The AGM also saw the election of the new Board of Directors, they are as follows:

  • John Erik Albrechtsen Paul's Hauling Limited
  • Jeannie Arnold Arnold Bros. Transport
  • Brent Arnold Arnold Bros. Transport
  • Jasvir Singh Brar 4Tracks Ltd.
  • PJ Singh 4Tracks Ltd.
  • John Curcio Manitoulin Transport Inc.
  • Bruce Danylchuk E.B.D. Enterprises Inc.
  • Ed Dillon Kleysen Group LP
  • Bernie Driedger Portage Transport
  • Jason Dubois Len Dubois Trucking
  • Darrin Fiske Kleysen Group LP
  • Kyle Harris Harris Transport Ltd.
  • Scott Kinley Gladstone Transfer
  • Derek Lachaine TransX Group
  • Darren Lane Fast Lane Freight Services
  • Peter McDonald TransX Group
  • Thomas McKee Payne Transportation
  • Marc Meyer Meyer Bros. Trucking Ltd.
  • Ryan Mitchell Wildwood Transport Inc.
  • Jeff Odway Prairie International
  • Rob Penner Bison Transport Inc.
  • Kevin Small Agri-Fresh Transport
  • Dave Tyrchniewicz Turk Enterprises Ltd.
  • Pauline Wiebe-Peters Payne Transportation
  • Steve Zokvic Bison Transport Inc.
  • Ray Samaroo Gardewine
  • Howard Hildebrand Searcy Trucking Ltd.
  • Jim Devlin Bridgestone Commercial
  • Chris Fredrickson Peterbilt Manitoba
  • Gilles Durand Du-Vall Transport Inc.
  • Michael Mourant Agrifoods Group

Following the formal portion of the AGM there was a presentation from Stephen Laskowski, President of the Canadian Trucking Alliance. Pete Dalmazzi, President of Trucks for Change Network provided some insight into that charity and how Manitoba companies can get involved. Lou Smyrlis and Derek Clouthier of Newcom Media Inc. also moderated two panel discussions. The first a discussion on the image of the trucking industry included:

  • Bruce Duggan Buller Centre for Business Providence University College
  • Reg Wightman Manitoba Motor Carrier Division
  • Richard Cloutier CJOB Global News
  • Ward Keith Manitoba Public Insurance
  • Terry Shaw Manitoba Trucking Association

The second panel discussion was with Manitoba’s Top Fleet Employers and included:

  • Bill Friesen Keystone Western
  • Brent Arnold Arnold Bros. Transport
  • Thomas McKee Payne Transportation Ltd.
  • Rob Penner Bison Transport Inc.


For more information, please contact:

Terry Shaw

Executive Director


MTA Office Closed for the 86th Annual General Meeting

- by Terry Shaw

Good day MTA members

Our office will be closed Friday, April 6, 2018 for our 86th Annual General Meeting. We will resume normal hours Monday, April 9, 2018.

Thank you and have a great day.


Do The Spring Road Restrictions Effect Your Operation?

- by Don Stewart

2018 Manitoba Spring Road Restrictions (SRR) Program

The purpose of Spring Road Restrictions is to protect Manitoba's surfaced pavements from undue damage by reducing allowable axle weights during the spring thawing season. In consultation with those affected by these weight reductions, Manitoba Infrastructure periodically revises its policies and procedures to reflect the current transportation trends, industry needs and weather patterns. Up to date policies and procedures help industry improve trip planning while minimizing the impact of loads to the weak pavement structures when they are at their most vulnerable conditions.

General guidelines to Spring Road Restrictions are provided in the highway traffic act.

  • 2018 Spring road restrictions are in effect starting on March 20th, 2018 in Zone 1.
  • 2018 Spring road restrictions will not commence prior to April 7th, 2018 in Zone 2.
  • 2018 Spring road restriction will not commence prior to April 9th, 2018 in Zone 3.

For more detailed information:

Official Spring Road Restrictions Order

Please ensure you check the web site and Highway Information line (511) regularly for changes throughout the restriction period!

Notification of Affected Highways:

Spring road restrictions are determined through collection and analysis of data from the previous year, resulting in the evaluation and determination of which roads will be subject to restriction in the upcoming spring season. To assist motor carriers, farmers, businesses and other interested parties in preparation in identifying affected roadways, is made available at the MI website in the fall with subsequent update(s) as required. Advertisements announcing that the upcoming spring road restrictions order is available, and information on how to obtain the Order, are published in the fall and in February prior to the restrictions start date in the following publications:

  1. La Liberte
  2. Winnipeg Free Press
  3. Winnipeg Sun
  4. Brandon Sun

Need More Information?

For further information, please contact any of the following:

1. Permit Services: 1-204-945-3961 or toll-free at 1-877-812-0009

2.Motor Carrier Enforcement: 1-204-945-3890


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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.

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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 :


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