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Coalition of Business Organizations Urging Political Parties to Focus on Economy in Provincial Election

- by Aaron Dolyniuk

Winnipeg, MB, August 19, 2019 - A coalition of 10 organizations that represents the interest of thousands of businesses in the Province of Manitoba are calling on all political parties in Provincial Election 2019 to focus their efforts on Growing the Manitoba Economy.

The coalition’s members believe that economic growth should be the top priority, and that the overriding challenge for the next five years will be diversifying our agricultural, manufacturing, resource, financial and service sectors to strengthen the capacity for export and create jobs. Prudent investments within a climate of confidence and certainty enable growth, leading to more jobs, greater prosperity, and a higher quality of life.

Each of the main political parties in Election 2019 will be invited to review and respond to the coalition’s platform, and to outline their party’s commitments and policies in response to each of our seven key principles:

  1. A Common Economic Agenda
  2. Infrastructure Investment
  3. Global Trade
  4. Indigenous Engagement
  5. Producing, Attracting and Retaining Talent
  6. Access to Capital
  7. Establish Strong Sustainable Fiscal Relationships

Those responses will be made public in advance of the September 10th election date.

The Coalition is comprised of the following members:

Business Council of Manitoba Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Manitoba Chambers of Commerce Manitoba Heavy Construction Association

Manitoba Home Builders’ Association Manitoba Real Estate Association

Manitoba Trucking Association Merit Contractors Association of Manitoba

Winnipeg Construction Association The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce

Please see attached document

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For additional information, please contact:

Chuck Davidson

President & CEO

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce

227 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg MB

d. 204-948-0107

c. 204-782-1679

e. cdavidson@mbchamber.mb.ca

Growing Manitoba Economy - Final.pdf


 

National Truck Week 2019

- by Don Stewart

National Truck Week is traditionally a week-long celebration during the first week of September and the purpose of the week-long celebration, is to recognize the important contributions made by the 400,000 Canadian women and men who keep the country's freight moving.

Provincial trucking associations, carriers, industry suppliers and other stakeholders are encouraged to undertake activities in their own province to mark the event. In previous years, provincial associations have marked the occasion with newspaper supplements, radio advertising, contests, special promotions, and special events at truck stops and roadside inspection stations.
Carriers and industry suppliers have hosted BBQs, breakfasts, truck washes, offered special giveaways to employees and marked the week event with a wide variety of activities.

The Manitoba Trucking Association participates in the community as much as we can on a year-round basis. National Trucking Week provides us with an opportunity to bring the community together with our industry. We can help worthy causes and help educate the public about our industry at the same time.

MTA Day At The Park: August 28th @ 1900-2130

Although this is not technically during National Truck Week, we are considering this event as our kickoff to NTW again this year. Our Members American Express are hosting over 150 of our Industry members at the Goldeyes game against the Gary SouthShore RailCats. This will be a fun event as the Goldeye's are also members of the Association and we look forward to the camaraderie this will share at the ball park.

Member Visits: September 3rd

The MTA will be out and about visiting members, while delivering some gifts and good cheer! Time to get pumped up for the week long celebration! Whoot Whoot!!

Vehicle Maintenance Golf Tournament: September 4th @ 11:00

This years tournament will be hosted by Bridges Golf Course in Starbuck MB. It’s a four-person Texas Scramble best ball tournament that includes 18 holes (with power cart), lunch, dinner and registration gift. Proceeds will go to the MTA scholarship program, which presents MTA members or members children with over $10,000 annually for scholarships.

Headingley/Emmerson Scale BBQ in partnership with HyLife Foods, Bison Transport and Inland/CTS: September 5th @ 10:00-1500

This long time running event, has been a very rewarding day for all involved. There will be volunteers from Traction and the MTA handing out BBQ food & loot bags for all the drivers, whom pass through the scales. This is a great opportunity to thank the drivers for all they do for us Manitobans. The drivers always look forward to seeing us at the scales!

The MTA Truck Pull for United Way: Friday September 6th @ 1700-2000

What a better way to wrap up National Trucking Week then demonstrating the MB Trucking Industry’s commitment to giving back and creating a better Winnipeg. Join us in making the impossible, possible. By pulling together, we can help kids, families and seniors in our community.

At the 9th Annual MTA Truck Pull for United Way, each team will test its strength by pulling a big rig across the finish line. We are hosting the event this year in front of the MTA office at 25 Bunting Street.This family friendly event will bring together food, fun and friends from across MB’s trucking industry, in healthy competition for a good cause: a better Winnipeg.

There will be a kids zone this year that will feature a 28 foot Fire Engine slide and face painters. Join Mick E Moose, Buzz, Boomer and their friends to pull a truck or to cheer on those that are!

Truck Convoy For Special Olympics: New Date September 14th 11:00-1400

Join Manitoba's compassionate army of truck drivers at the World's Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics! It is a one day event where industry and law enforcement come together in a convoy that tours the perimeter highway starting at 11:00 am. After the convoy there will be a lunch, Silent Auction and Awards.

Starting at the - Trans Canada Centre (1 Rivard St, Ile Des Chenes)

Whether you're in the convoy or lining the side of the perimeter to watch, with approximately 200 trucks our convoy is 6 miles long and it's quite a sight to see!

 

Professional Truck Driving Championships

- by Don Stewart

Provincial Truck Driving Championship Winners Announced

The Professional Truck Driving Championship is a competition for professional truck drivers to showcase their incredible driving skills. They must drive through a prescribed obstacle course, perform a timed pre trip inspection and complete a written test. The winners in each category will become the MB Champion in their class and will receive a trophy and prize.

The 2019 Manitoba Professional Truck Driving Championships are officially in the books! This event was Held on June 15, at the Headingley Husky.

First Place Winners:

  • Single/Tandem: Bruce McKechnie of Bison Transport Inc.
  • Tandem/Tandem: Brian Hrabarchuk of Canadian Freightways Ltd.
  • Super B: David Henry of REK Express
  • Turn Pike: Roy Dillon of TransX Group of Companies

Second Place:

  • Single/Tandem: Mario Tyszuk of Bison Transport
  • Tandem/Tandem: Sergii Linkevych of Bison Transport (Saskatchewan Competitor)
  • Super B: David Greschuk of Arnold Bros. Transportation Academy
  • Turn Pike: David Phillips of Bison Transport

Third Place:

  • Single/Tandem: Jason Novak of Canadian Freightways
  • Tandem/Tandem: Jasvinder Brar of Bison Transport
  • Super B: Rodney Birdsbill of Bison Transport
  • Turn Pike: Darren Cassan of Arnold Bros. Transport

Teams:

  • 1st Place Team: Bison #1
  • 2nd Place Team: Bison # 2
  • 3rd Place Team: Arnold Bros. Transport

Other Competition Winners:

  • First Time Entrant: Darren Cassan of Arnold Bros. Transport Ltd.
  • Hal Bjornson Memorial Award: Brian Hrabarchuk of Canadian Freightways Ltd.
  • Grand Champion: Brian Hrabarchuk of Canadian Freightways Ltd.
  • Partner Competition: Cayla McKechnie (Bison Transport Inc)
Please watch the MTA's June newsletter for a complete listing of winners and pictures.


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Feds Announce ELD Final Rule

- by Aaron Dolyniuk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Canadian Trucking Alliance

Media Contact: Marco Beghetto, VP Communications & New Media

(416) 249-7401 x 238 Marco.Beghetto@Cantruck.ca

Canadian Truckers Laud Final ELD Rule, Including Third Party Certification

(Toronto, June 13, 2019) –Transport Minister Marc Garneau has shown great leadership in delivering an electronic logging device (ELD) rule which, according to the Canadian Trucking Alliance, will catapult Canada ahead of the U.S. in terms of highway safety and compliance.

CTA says today’s announcement finalizing the rule delivers on the Council of Transportation Ministers’ and First Ministers’ commitment to the industry that a mandatory, made-in-Canada ELD regulation would be introduced nationally as soon as possible.

Most importantly, the final rule requires all drivers currently required to maintain a logbook to operate a third-party certified ELD in Canada by June 2021. Transport Canada had been consulting with CTA, provincial enforcement agencies, committed ELD suppliers and other industry stakeholders since the publication of Canada Gazette I in December 2017 to review the proposed regulatory language and make additional safety improvements meant to maintain the integrity of the rule and protect the industry against hours of service non-compliance and tampering of ELD equipment.

The structure and cycle limits of the hours of service rules established in 2005 – based on years of consultation with sleep professionals, industry and government – are not changing. They will simply require electronic accounting from an ELD when the rule goes into effect.

Today’s announcement also accelerates the implementation timeframe for ELDs from the four years as originally proposed in Gazette I down to two years and, says CTA, demonstrates the effectiveness of the Canadian rulemaking process to ensure the regulatory foundations of the trucking industry are based on safety, competitiveness and counterbalance some of the operational demands placed on it by the supply chain.

“The vast majority of our companies and drivers in our industry fully comply with hours of service rules, but, undoubtedly, the implementation of tamperproof, third-party ELD devices will further enhance safety and help ensure all drivers and companies hold themselves to the highest levels of compliance,” said CTA Chair Scott Smith.

According to Transport Canada, fatigue in both truck and passenger car drivers is a factor in about 20 per cent of all collisions. There are about 9,400 HOS-related convictions per year in Canada and the introduction of certified ELDs will be a driving force in reducing these cases.

Hours of service rules and truck safety quickly became a national topic after the tragic Humboldt Bus collision. The majority of violations and convictions brought against the truck driver and company involved in that crash were related to hours of service compliance.

“Third-party certification of ELDs is critical for hours of service compliance and fatigue management as the technology behind ELD devices is key to ensuring drivers and companies follow their work-rest cycles,” says Stephen Laskowski, President, Canadian Trucking Alliance. “As we learned from the previous era of paper logbooks, the non-compliant segment of our industry, while a minority, have a history of finding workarounds of the rules. We must ensure that there are no gaps or opportunities to manipulate the technology and that compliance is the only option.

“Minister Garneau has shown true vision and leadership with this direction.”

CTA would also like to commend the work of the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA), CTA Team Canada and ELD suppliers for helping create a third-party regime. CTA will soon be launching an education campaign in the trade media for the carrier and shipper communities on the impact of third-party ELDs.

The Alliance will also be working with ELD manufacturers and suppliers to promote individual companies’ efforts and commitments toward becoming third-party certified.

For a summary of the ELD regulation, including links to the Gazette II announcement and technical standard, click here.

Additional Industry Commentary:

“The inclusion of third-party certifications into the Canadian ELD mandate will strengthen the industry while removing the burden of compliance from carriers. These new rules align with the deep commitment Omnitracs carries on to the well-being of every carrier and driver on the road. We appreciate Transport Canada working with us as we developed flexible ELD solutions that meet technical standards and can adapt to any future changes in regulation.” – Ray Greer, CEO, Omnitracs, LLC

“A reliable and well-supervised third-party certification process will lead to better compliance and global practices across the industry. Unlike the self-certification authorized by the FMCSA, which has revealed some weaknesses, third-party certification will ensure a universal standard for ELD providers and allow regulation to achieve its objective: to make the roads safer. The responsibility for device compliance will lie with those who should be accountable – the suppliers and not the carriers.” – Jacques DeLarochelliere, president, ISAAC Instruments.

“EROAD fully supports the third-party certification requirement for ELDs in Canada. EROAD voluntarily completed third-party certification of our U.S. ELD product, which gives confidence to carriers that the ELD solution they use complies with the requirements and assures compliance.” –Norm Ellis, president, EROAD North America

"As a leading electronic logs provider for nearly two decades, we recognize the impact these solutions have in making the roads safer for everyone. We are committed to helping Canadian fleets navigate this regulation and implement ELDs to improve their safety and fully comply with the mandate." -- Jon Passman, Chief Product and Marketing Officer for Trimble's Transportation Division.

“The Quebec Trucking Association fully supports the complete implementation of ELDs as it will ensure a level playing field for all carriers. The QTA congratulates the work done by the CTA, Minister Garneau and all the other provincial associations in taking a leap forward to guarantee a better future for the trucking industry.” – Marc Cadieux, president, Quebec Trucking Association.

“As an industry we are committed to improving road safety. Today’s announcement is a big step in the right direction and initiates the countdown toward the elimination of paper logbooks as a legal compliance option. The Canadian introduction of third-party certification of ELD devices will also ensure that the non-compliant operators in our sector cannot find workarounds to hours of service compliance in an electronic monitoring environment.” –David Carruth, Chairperson, Ontario Trucking Association.

The BC Trucking Association is committed to improving road safety. Today’s announcement not only implements ELDs but also provides for a robust, supervised third-party certification protocol which will lead to better compliance practices across our industry. It’s a big, important step to ensure that our roads are safer for everyone. – Dave Earle, president, BC Trucking Association.

“The AMTA thoroughly supports the adoption of the mandatory ELD regulation and applauds Transport Minister Marc Garneau and the CTA for their ongoing work. This announcement reinforces the need for driver accountability, and the direct correlation between driver fatigue and highway safety.” – Andrew Barnes, Director of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, Alberta Motor Transport Association

Marco Beghetto

VP, Communications & New Media

555 Dixon Rd. Toronto

416-249-7401 ext 238

Marco.beghetto@ontruck.org


 

Province and Feds Announce Efficient Trucking Initiative

- by Aaron Dolyniuk

June 10, 2019

CANADA AND MANITOBA ANNOUNCE CLIMATE ACTION
IN THE TRANSPORTATION SECTOR

A recent report from expert Canadian scientists showed that Canada was warming at twice the average global rate. People in Manitoba are feeling the impacts of climate change in their communities. Reducing carbon pollution from the transportation sector is one way the government is taking action to fight climate change and protect the environment, while growing the economy.

Today, the parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, Terry Duguid, on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, joined Manitoba Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires to announce a federal investment of up to $5.9 million to improve the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty vehicles. This funding is a component of Manitoba’s Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund allocation of up to $66.8 million.

This funding will help the government of Manitoba provide incentives for fuel-saving devices and retrofitting on heavy-duty freight trucks. Manitoba’s program will provide cost-effective solutions to support the trucking sector to reduce carbon pollution, increase economic competitiveness and save money on fuel.

The government of Manitoba will be also be contributing $5.9 million toward the efficient trucking initiative program.

The Government of Canada is committed to supporting climate action and investing in programs that will make our air cleaner and our communities healthier, while helping transportation companies save money, promoting clean innovation and supporting good middle-class jobs.

Quotes

“We are taking real action on climate change, with practical solutions to reduce pollution and help people save money. By investing in fuel-saving devices and technology, we are helping people across Manitoba take action in an affordable way. These investments will also help create good jobs and help us build up the strong clean economy of tomorrow. By building a better today, we make sure our kids and grandkids will have a better future.” – Terry Duguid, parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality and member of Parliament for Winnipeg South

“Our government is committed to making Manitoba the cleanest, greenest, most climate-resilient province in all of Canada.

“Given Manitoba’s geographically central location, we are natural trucking hub. Heavy-duty trucking is a significant driver of our local economy, but also a growing source of greenhouse-gas emissions. Making fuel-efficiency improvements specific to the industry is key in helping Manitoba achieve its reduction targets in a meaningful way and enhance the competitiveness of our businesses.

“This new program, in partnership with Canada, is an important initiative that supports Manitoba’s Climate and Green Plan. By working together, Manitobans and Canadians can continue to protect the environment and grow the economy in a practical and affordable way.” – Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires.

Quick Facts

• Canada’s heavy-duty vehicle regulations will make the transportation sector more competitive by saving new vehicle owners approximately $1.7 billion in fuel costs annually by 2030.
• Canada’s emissions standards are designed to promote innovation. Heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers will have the flexibility to choose the clean technologies that will increase their fuel efficiency, reduce emissions and operating costs.
• Manitoba’s new program aims to enhance awareness in the trucking sector on the benefits of fuel-saving technologies for long-term decision-making.

Associated Links

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For more information:

  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
  • Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-945-4916.

 

MTA 87th Annual General Meeting

- by Aaron Dolyniuk

Friday, April-5-19- Winnipeg, MB - The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) today held its 87th Annual General Meeting at the Manitoba Club. This year's President's report focused on association policy work, and community engagement. The AGM also saw the election of a new Board of Directors, they are as follows:


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For more information, please contact:

Terry Shaw

Executive Director

Manitoba Trucking Association

204-632-6600

tshaw@trucking.mb.ca

 

2019 MTA President's Report

- by Aaron Dolyniuk

 

Carbon Tax Resources For Carriers

- by Don Stewart

As most members are aware the federal government has imposed a carbon tax on inter-provincial carriers operating into, out of, and through – Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and New Brunswick (and in the Yukon and Nunavut as of July 1, 2019). Below and attached are resources to help carriers.

List of resources from CRA to assist carriers with this policy.

Additional Resources:

Help Lines:

  • Atlantic Region Excise Duties and Taxes Post Office Box 638 Halifax NSB3J 2T5 Phone: 1-888-327-7999 Fax: 1-902-450-8559
  • Ontario Region Excise Duties and Taxes 5800 Hurontario St Mississauga ONL5R 4B4 Phone: 1-866-667-9851 Fax: 1-905-615-2814
  • Quebec Region Excise Duties and Taxes Section 492 Post Office Box 32305 René-Lévesque Blvd W Montreal QCH2Z 1A6 Phone: 1-833-240-2476
  • Prairie Region Excise Duties and Taxes Room 232220 4th Avenue SE Calgary ABT2G 0L1Phone: 1-866-439-4202 Fax 1-403-292-4075
  • Pacific Region Excise Duties and Taxes c/o 468 Terminal Ave 3rd floor 9755 King George Blvd Surrey BCV3T 5E1 Phone: 1-833-532-9908 Fax:1-604-658-8660

If you have any further questions about the new Carbon Tax, Please contact:

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MTA Closed April 5th

- by Don Stewart

Hello,

Please be advised that the Manitoba Trucking Association office will be closed on Friday April 5th, as we are hosting our 87th Annual AGM.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we will re open on Monday April 8th at 08:30am.

Thank You,

MTA Staff

 

Top Fleet Employers 2018

- by Don Stewart

Launched in 2014, the Top Fleet Employers program has grown from ten (10) fleets being recognized in its inaugural year, to now fifty-two in 2018.
The Top Fleet Employers program is a national program that recognizes the importance of having sound HR policies and practices in the trucking and logistics industry. Top Fleet Employers is not a competition — it’s a recognition of meeting HR standards of excellence.

The Top Fleet Employers program is open to fleets of every size and type. A panel of trucking and logistics industry experts and a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) validated the Top Fleet Employer Program’s rating criteria. The rating criteria reflect Canadian human resources issues, trends and working environments, and Trucking HR Canada’s standards of excellence.

The criteria consider every position in a fleet. They also take into account special considerations affecting different types of fleets. For example, the criteria applied to for-hire fleets are firmly rooted in the core values of the Canadian Trucking Alliance’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on the Driver Shortage. The criteria and evaluation of private fleets and fleet services account for their unique working environments and requirements within the overarching criteria of the program.

Fleet employers apply and participate in a rigorous three-part review of their human resources policies and programs. The review includes the completion of a pre-application, a comprehensive online submission (which may or may not include follow up discussions with the company) and a Trucking HR Canada survey of the company’s employees. The review assesses the scope of an employer’s formal HR policies and programs in four key categories: Basics, Respect, Training and Family.

Congratulations to our members who have been recognised as Top Fleet Employers in 2018, what an incredible honor.

Fleets Of Distinction

Five Years:

Bison Transport

Kindersley Transport

SLH Transport Canada

Three Years:

Arnold Bros. Transport

Canada Cartage

Q-Line Trucking Ltd.

Rosedale Transport

Trailer Wizards Ltd.

Two Years:

Payne Transportation Ltd.

New This Year:

Fast Lane Freight Services


 

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