Let Government Know You Want A Fix to Recurrent Border Blackouts

- by Don Stewart

Since January 1, 2017, there have been about 30 outages of CBSA’s EDI/portal systems due to an antiquated computer system. Despite CBSA’s best efforts to mitigate these incidents, the system crashes keep happening with no easily-attainable solution in sight. Meanwhile, trucking companies, their drivers, as well as customers are being significantly impacted by these outages.

The MTA in collaboration with the CTA, have created a messaging campaign that allows carriers to send a form email each time the system goes down, reminding the ministers from Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, International Trade, Finance and the Treasury Board how system outages are hurting our industry and weakening cross-border commerce. The email urges the ministries responsible for the border to increase support to CBSA and fix these recurrent problems.

“The EDI/Portal outages are a significant threat to the financial health of our members and their customers,” said CTA President Stephen Laskowski. “The membership needs to remind these ministers their efforts in ensuring efficient trade, including upcoming negotiations with Washington on the future of NAFTA, will be greatly undermined if we don’t first deal with our internal border problems in our own backyard.”

The letter campaign also reminds the ministers that CBSA staffing shortages at various commercial ports – a historic (and growing) problem – needs to be dealt with along with EDI/Portal Outages.

All our regional associations are currently requesting that officials respond to the Alliance and their regional associations with short and long-term plans to fix these systems outages.

Starting today – and to be repeated each time CBSA’s system shuts down – please click here to send an automatic email to the ministries responsible for CBSA and border policies. (Click here for French).

Carriers are encouraged to fill out the System Outages Survey, which will provide CBSA information on operational challenges and extra costs carriers face when system issues occur.

To take the survey click on this link:

For further information please contact:

Terry Shaw

Manitoba Trucking Association

204 632-6600


Weed In The Work Place: An Employers Road Map

- by Don Stewart

A commentary by Trucking HR Canada


Employers need to review their workplaces and identify situations or areas where impairment would be either problematic or dangerous. The legal regime currently provides protections to employees even in workplaces that are highly safety sensitive. This includes industries involving transportation or employing heavy machinery, hazardous materials or chemicals.

There are cases which support the proposition that in the workplace, random drug or alcohol testing is not allowed in non-hazardous environments even where actual impairment exists. Termination for cause in these instances appears to require progressive discipline first. In hazardous environments, unless an employer can establish that the job site is safety sensitive and there is at least a general issue of drug use and impairment at work, the imposition of random testing and summary termination is problematic. Tests which provide evidence of drug usage, but dononot establish actual impairment, often dononot support termination for cause. Employers need to be aware of these issues and undertake appropriate reviews.


In view of the limitations on employers, even where safety is an issue, policies and procedures must be created or enhanced to deal with dope-induced impairment. Behaviours that will not be tolerated need to be listed. Clear disciplinary procedures need to be identified. By doing so, in the absence of situations where cause might exist, an employer may take preventative and remedial action, such as suspension or progressive discipline. Even in safety sensitive workplaces, employers should begin the work to create or strengthen infrastructures that will respond to these concerns. Most decisions have been in the unionized environment. They indicate that the more forgiving and supportive a drug policy is, the more likely it is that discipline and intrusive testing will be accepted. For instance, zero tolerance policies have been dealt with more harshly by arbitrators than those which offer other options before discipline is imposed.


All staff must be kept advised of the development or modification of any policy and they should be aware of its contents. This can be done by means of general meeting or information bulletins on internal websites. Employers must keep on top of the inevitable legal changes that will occur as the legal landscape evolves. The failure to do so will be costly, particularly if a policy or procedure is inadequate or wrong. Huge penalties or damage awards could prove catastrophic, not to mention the negative impact on a companyyys reputation. Where fair and clearly worded policies exist, the courts and tribunals tend to be more disposed to render favourable decisions.

The road ahead will be bumpy. If companies carefully develop a road map, there will be fewer blind alleys and detours on the journey for employers and human resource professionals to negotiate.

If any of our members are wishing to read the submission paper in regards to HR Challenges of Marijuana in the Workplace are encouraged to contact:

Terry Shaw

Manitoba Trucking Association

204 632-6600


MTA to Host Industry Round Table with Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program

- by Aaron Dolyniuk

On Thursday May 11th the MTA will host a round table discussion where together with officials from the Provincial nominee Program MTA member employers can have meaningful discussion to determine what the primary needs are for the Provincial Nominee Program for the next five years.

This event is open MTA members only. Registration is on a first come first serve basis and there are limited spaces available so please register now.

Click Here to Register


MTA 85th Annual General Meeting

- by Aaron Dolyniuk


Friday, April-7-17- Winnipeg, MB - The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) today held its 85th Annual General Meeting at the RBC Convention Center. This year’s President's report focused on positive regulatory changes, current advocacy and industry promotion.

The AGM opened with the Presidents Report and election of the new Board of Directors and Executive Committee, they are as follows:

John Erik Albrechtsen - Paul's Hauling Limited

Gary Arnold - Arnold Bros. Transport Limited
Jasvir Singh Brar - 4Tracks Ltd.
John Curcio - Manitoulin Transport Inc
Bruce Danylchuk - E.B.D. Enterprises Inc.
Dave Davis - Keystone Western 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 of Companies
Darren Lane - Fast lane Freight Services Inc.
Peter McDonald - TransX Group of Companies
Thomas McKee - Payne Transportation Ltd.
Marc Meyer - Meyer Bros. Trucking Ltd
Ryan Mitchell - Wildwood Transport Inc.
Jeff Odway - Prairie Intl. Container & Dray Services
Rob Penner - Bison Transport Inc..

PJ Singh - 4Tracks Ltd.

Kevin Small - Agri-Tel Transport

Dave Tyrchniewicz - Turk Enterprises Ltd.
Pauline Wiebe-Peters - Payne Transportation Ltd.
Steve Zokvic - Bison Transport Inc.
Ray Samaroo - Gardewine

Following the formal portion of the AGM there was a presentation from Angela Splinter Executive Director of Trucking HR Canada as well as two panel discussions discussing Major Technological Changes and Human Resources and Operations. The MTA would like to thank this year's event sponsor BFL Canada Insurance Service Inc.
For more information, please contact:
Terry Shaw
Executive Director


Do you want trucking recognized as a skill?

- by Don Stewart

Driving a truck is not formally recognized as a skilled occupation. Many people are shocked to learn this. But there is no mistaking it. Canada’s National Occupational Classification (NOC) code –which groups more than 40,000 occupations into one of four skill levels – lists truck drivers as “low skilled”.

Why does this matter? A “low skilled” NOC code limits the access to training and retraining funds. Experienced drivers in other countries cannot be recruited through traditional immigration channels. There is also a matter of pride. Everyone wants to be recognized for the skills they bring to the job.

Every career ad that claims “no education required” or “no experience necessary” it leads people to believe that the job of a truck driver is easier than it really is. Potential recruits are left with a negative opinion of the career. Under-trained employees become discouraged when they are unable to secure work with reputable carriers. Employers can change this situation. Canada makes structural changes to NOC codes every 10 years, and researchers are now reviewing job descriptions and career ads to identify the skills that the trucking industry actually requires. The way you describe jobs today will demonstrate your actual needs.

If you would like more information please see the below links or contact:


204 632-6600


What Are The Benefits Of Industry Specific Safety Programs?

- by Don Stewart

RPM Trucking Industry Safety program was established in 2015 and is here to provide employers, supervisors, and workers within the Manitoba trucking industry with health and safety expertise, which will in turn allow them to create healthy, safe, productive workplaces and an integrated culture of safety.

A solid safety program not only keeps workers safe, it further reduces costs to the business with improved productivity and opportunities for further reductions in WCB premiums.

Each year approximately 1,100 workers are injured in our industry. In addition to the very real and potentially tragic human cost to our workers, direct and indirect costs to our industry are estimated to exceed ninety million annually.

In 2016, RPM became a Certifying Partner with Safe Work Manitobababs safety certification program. RPM provides certification courses and advisory services to assist companies to become Safe Work Certified.

For a reduction of 15% on your annual WCB premiums, Please contact:

The Manitoba Trucking Association or www.RPMSafety.CA

25 Bunting Street

Winnipeg, MB R2X-2P5

204 632-6600


Manitoba Trucking Association Board of Directors at Work for Industry

- by Don Stewart

The MTA Board of Directors convened in February to discuss over 12 Industry topics of relevance to our rapidly growing industry, would you like to know what some of those discussions involved?

Carbon Pricing In Manitoba:

The MTA has been focused on the hot topic of Carbon Tax in Manitoba and what that will look like for our industry. Our Executive has met with the Senior Advisor on Climate Change for the Province of Manitoba. This was a very informative meeting for everyone involved and great dialogue between the province’s representative and our Executive. Discussions on strategies moving forward are ongoing, along with the MTA’s white paper being amended to convey the impact of Carbon Tax on our industry in Manitoba. Members wanting to access a copy of that white paper can contact the MTA office.

Plessis Road – Safety and Access:

It has always been the MTA’s default position to support the safe and efficient flow of traffic. In our industry, we prefer the elimination of traffic control devices and are in favor of underpasses and other means to keep traffic moving. The MTA was approached by a few members regarding access to the CN facility on Plessis road. After a review of the situation, it was determined that a set of lights and a request for reduced speeds at the intersection would be the most effective resolution. Staff will take this information and reach out to their contacts at the City of Winnipeg. As we hear from our contacts at the city we’ll keep members posted.

Road Safety and the Perimeter Highway:

Last year the MTA took a position in support of closing access to the Oak Bluff Industrial Park from the Perimeter Highway. The MTA’s position at the time stated:

“The MTA supports making MacDonald Road a Truck Route and the intersection across the Perimeter Highway at Oakland road should be closed to crossing traffic.”

In support of this position MTA staff contacted the Reeve and staff of the RM of Macdonald. A meeting was held and the RM staff advised they are also concerned with safety at this intersection. They did however advise that they would not support in specific the MTA’s current position on this item. Macdonald Road at it is adjacent to a residential area and they also suggested the turn geometry is challenging.

An alternative was suggested, which was that heavy truck traffic be routed via a service road which can be accessed from the Wilkes overpass. The Board disagreed with that assessment however so conversations with the RM to solidify an alternative route are ongoing.

If you have any questions or information you wish to share, please don't hesitate to contact:

25 Bunting Street

Winnipeg, MB R2X 2P5

P: 204 632-6600


Want To Reduce Red Tape In Trucking?

- by Don Stewart

On January 23, 2017, marked the beginning of Red Tape Awareness week.

The Deputy Premier Heather Stefanson stated "Our government is committed to reducing unnecessary barriers for businesses, local governments, non-profit organizations and all Manitobans."

As a result of the above commitment, there has been a Manitoba Red Tape Reduction Task Force assembled and the MTA has been selected to participate. The MTA has met with the newly formed task force and discussed solutions to some important functions that take place on a daily basis, within our growing industry.

Example topics discussed, but not limited to:

  • Manitoba Safety Rating and Carrier Profile Systems
  • Licensing a Truck
  • Truck Safeties
  • Hiring or Employing a Commercial Truck Driver

If any of our members are wishing to read the submission paper in regards to Opportunities to Reduce Red Tape in the Trucking Industry are encouraged to contact:

Terry Shaw

Manitoba Trucking Association

204 632-6600



- by Don Stewart

The MTA hosted our annual Associated Trades Division Annual General Meeting on February 6, 2017. The ATD is a large group which is comprised of a very diverse and eclectic group of companies. The MTA values this committee for their continued support with MTA events and they often have a fresh perspective, which allows the ATD and MTA to work in partnership for the betterment of industry.

Tom Aldridge (Chair) addressed the committee with a review of the year 2016 in his report and re-affirmed, the mandate of the Associated Trades Division executive:
  • To promote the objectives of the Manitoba Trucking Association in a tangible way.
  • To promote the support by the trucking industry of the legitimate business objectives of the members of the Associated Trades Division by encouraging the purchase of goods and services provided by the said members.
  • To foster a spirit of comradeship among its members in particular and the members of the Manitoba Trucking Association in general.
In Tom’s Report, he congratulated the ATD Executive for their continued support and efforts over this past year.
” 2016 has been a successful year and the members of this executive have been able to contribute to the finances, the fabric and the future of the Manitoba Trucking Association and the trucking industry as a whole in Manitoba.”
2016 saw many great initiatives which benefitted both the community and the trucking industry. We took our golf tournament to a new level of success with a change of location and format, which was well received, by all whom participated. This tournament doubled our amounts raised for our scholarship fund! The ATD continued to lend their support to the National Trucking Week in many facets. The ATD funded a MLA reception for our members to mingle with our new legislature members.
” This executive is and will continue to work on planning for ways of supporting the trucking association, supporting the industry, promote the objectives of Associated Trades Executive committee members and to promote comradeship among MTA members in general.”

The following Nominees will comprise the Associated Trades Division:

  • Tom Aldridge – Investors Group – Chair
  • Jim Devlin – Bridgestone Canada Inc – Vice Chair
  • John Oades – Beaver Truck Centre –Past Chair
  • John Mauseth – Beaver Truck Center
  • Michelle Magdic – BFL Canada Insurance Services Inc.
  • Robb Palmer – Constant C Technology
  • Dean Willerton – Custom Truck Sales
  • Kevin Teixeira – Fort Garry Industries
  • Darlene Biblow – Freightliner Manitoba
  • Nathaniel Willsie – Grote Industries
  • Scott Kinsman – Maxim Trailer Sales
  • Tim Lucko – MPI Special Risk Extension
  • Chris Fredrickson – Peterbilt Manitoba Ltd.
  • Chris Penner – RBC Commercial Financial Services
  • Shawn Graydon – Rempel Insurance Brokers Ltd.
  • Rene Liban – Trailer Wizards



- by Don Stewart

The MTA hosted our annual Vehicle Maintenance Council - Annual General Meeting on January 27, 2017. This year’s AGM was very well attended and incredibly informative. There has been a passing of the gavel and the MTA and VMC would like to Thank Derek Quinn for his time and dedication as the VMC Chair for the previous 2 years and Steve Orbanski has been nominated for the Chair, while Trent Siemens will be the VMC Co-Chair, for this upcoming term. The VMC is a very important committee for our industries continued health and growth.
The VMC exists:
  • To encourage the study of mechanical transport and transport maintenance
  • To seek improved methods in the operation of transport garages and maintenance facilities
  • To study and encourage safety devices and practices in the maintenance and operation of motor transport vehicles
  • To uphold ethical practices
  • To promote sound development and reform in mechanical transport maintenance
  • To foster a spirit of comradery and industry pride amongst its members, but most importantly, to make recommendations and providing on going support to the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Trucking Association, with the focus of furthering the objectives of the Council in the general well-being and efficiency of the trucking industry in Manitoba
The following individuals make up the VMC Executive Committee for 2017:
• Steve Orbanski – Bison Transport - Chair
• Trent Siemens – Oak Point Service – Vice Chair
• Barry Veldkamp – Payne Transportation
• Raymond Klassen – Apprenticeship Manitoba
• Wayne Dixon – Red River College
• Bob Olfert – Arnold Bros. Transport
• Simon Vandersteen – Bison Transport
• Ed Dillon – Kleysen Group LP
• Greg Walsh – Kleysen Group LP
• Ed Marchand – Custom Transport
• Dan Lacasse – Gardewine
• Ed Bronk - Gardewine
• Jim Devlin – Bridgestone
• Stuart Reay – Kaltire
• Rick Quenell – MPI
• Don Meurrens – Maxim
• Justin Lee – Genuine Truck Service
• Darryl Nanka – Genuine Truck Service
• Itamar Levine – Freightliner Manitoba
• John Oades – Beaver Trucks
• Kevin Beaulieu – Freightliner Manitoba
• Derek Quin - TransX

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