- by Susan Green
The Manitoba Trucking Association is encouraged by the Province of Manitoba’s recent commitment to building a permanent detour for Highway 75 flooding. The announcement was made earlier this week as part of the Province of Manitoba’s previously announced damage prevention and climate resiliency measures program.
“We appreciate that this is a fiscally responsible option being exercised during these challenging times. This detour will be built to RTAC standards, which means that our industry members should no longer have to run reduced weights on that lane during flooding events”, explained Terry Shaw, Executive Director of the Manitoba Trucking Association.
The province has committed to key upgrades in southern Manitoba to provide commercial traffic an alternate route when Provincial Trunk Highway (PTH) 75 is affected by high water. The province will invest $16 million to convert Provincial Road (PR) 246 from gravel to asphalt from PTH 23 near Morris to PR 205 near Aubigny, which will allow traffic to be rerouted around sections of PTH 75 that are most prone to closure.
Concluded Shaw, “Not only is this new, permanent detour going to mean we can run regular weights during Red River flooding events, it also means that this road will be able to sustain the wear and tear of increased traffic during these events. We appreciate that we were able to contribute to this discussion with the Province of Manitoba.”
- by Susan Green
As we approach summer and the easing of COVID-19 restrictions continues, we would like to share a few safety-related items for your consideration:
- with the warm weather comes an increase in holiday travellers. This is going to look very different this year as holiday travel outside the country and even outside the province may be discouraged. However, anticipate an uptick in the number of people heading to cottages and campgrounds, as well as getting out for day trips. Please pass with caution, and be aware and considerate when being passed.
- schools in Manitoba are re-opening June 1. While school isn’t the same as it was a few months ago, open schools and playgrounds means school zone traffic regulations are back in effect. As well, an irregular school schedule means drivers need to be extra vigilant for children, who aren't always traffic-aware, playing outdoors every day.
- summer construction season is underway, so make sure you are slowing down in construction zones per the posted speed limit.
- as Manitobans move into Phase Two of Restoring Safe Services, prepare for an increase in traffic levels.
- as always, slow down and move over when passing emergency vehicles (slow down to 40 km/h on roads where the speed limit is less than 80 km/h, and slow down to 60 km/h if the speed limit is 80 km/h or more. On multi-lane highways, drivers must also move to the next lane if able to do so safely and pass only if it is safe).
- Spring Road Restrictions have ended or will be ending soon, as members were advised in last week’s member notice.
Drive safely, and take care!
- by Don Stewart
Due to COVID-19, It is becoming apparent how important a Truck Driver is to the comfort and safety of our everyday lives. Whether it is our groceries, cleaning products or sanitization products, a Truck Driver is the reason we have access to it. Although life for us all has taken a drastic turn, Truck Drivers are continuing with their duties as they always have.
Truck drivers are essential in keeping the supply chain open in North America. It is important that the health and safety of our truck drivers remains one of our highest priorities, so If you're a business owner that supports trucking and are closing your facilities to Truck Drivers, please reconsider. Truck Drivers need warm food, bathroom facilities for basic needs, hand washing and a safe place to rest.
Please consider, while we are home and keeping our families safe and comfortable, a Truck Driver is NOT! They are putting our needs before their own and that deserves our respect and appreciation.
There has been an out pouring of appreciation for Truck Drivers, via our website and social media. we would like to share some of those messages with you. Truck Driving shouldn't be a thankless job. If you would like to Thank A Truck driver, you are welcome to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or via social media and use #ThankATrucker
"Please spread this message.I keep hearing more and more stories about truckers being denied food, drink or the use of a bathroom.It breaks my heart.These men and women put in really long hard days and fight exhaustion all the time.They too carry worries of the current situation and leave family behind to do their job.While we are at home self-isolating, they too work in isolation but they are driving directly through and into the fire storm of COVID-19 to deliver the essentials to keep people and this nation going.They are the knights of the road and deserve our highest regard.Please do what you can to get them a coffee, some food.Let them use the bathroom to freshen up.We are depending on them more than ever before."
"As I sit in my home and practice what the government is telling us to do, I can’t help but think of all the angels in trucks keeping us supplied.My dad work in the trucking industry for years (Arnold Brothers for the bulk of his career).I can only imagine how proud he would be of all of you.Truckers, and staff keeping our world turning.It is with the utmost respect that I say “Thank You from the bottom of my heart”.If this message could get passed on to the front line people I would really like them to know that there are people Who are very grateful for what they are doing in our time of need."
I own the Subway restaurant at 640 Sterling Lyon Parkway. We have huge parking lots around our building as the area hasn't been fully developed yet. Although there is a roundabout to navigate into the area, there is an abundance of parking area around our shop. We have been following social distancing guidelines and have set up our restaurant to easily adhere to any and all other safe practices, keeping our customers and employee's safe. We are set up for remote online ordering through the Subway app, so meals can be prepared and ready to go. Our bathrooms are open to our customers and are cleaned and sanitized many times throughout the day as I know your drivers need a place to wash before eating. We are located 12 mins down Wilkes Ave from the west perimeter. Are hours of operation are 10am-7pm."
Contact the MTA: 204 632-6600
- by Aaron Dolyniuk
Trucking Associations across Canada have been receiving a high volume of call from Carriers, Drivers, Shippers and Receivers wanting to understand what essential travel is across the Canada/US border. The attached document from U.S. Customs clarifies this suggesting the movement of goods (and trucks) as being permissible (see page 4)
To see the letter from U.S. Customs and Border Protection Click Here
- by Aaron Dolyniuk
Toronto, March 20, 2020) -- Members of Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) are confirming that group out-of-country medical coverage for commercial truckers will continue uninterrupted.
“The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) applauds CLHIA for stepping up in this time of crisis. Our nation’s truck drivers are working hard to ensure the vital goods Canadians require during the COVID-19 crisis are delivered on-time. These drivers need to know their insurers are behind them every step of the way at a time their services are more critical than ever,” said CTA president Stephen Laskowski.
As the Canadian COVID-19 crisis began to escalate, concerns emerged regarding health insurance coverage for truck drivers travelling in the US. Since that time, CTA and its provincial association partners have been working with the insurance sector, federal government and various provincial governments to address the situation.
“With restrictions to non-essential travel beginning in the coming days, Canada’s insurers want to be clear that commercial truckers will not lose their group out-of-country medical coverage due to recent travel restrictions,” Stephen Frank, President and CEO of CLHIA said. “The commercial trucking industry is providing crucial services to support Canadians with goods at all times, but particularly now.”
CLHIA members represent the vast majority of Canada’s life and health insurance business. CTA recommends members contact email@example.com to ensure their provider is a member of CLHIA.
CTA continues to work with the insurance sector and all levels of government to get the same level of unequivocal clarification for independent owner-operators and company drivers who are covered by a group benefit plans. Insurance companies covering such drivers, who intend to make similar declarations to CLHIA, can send these statements to firstname.lastname@example.org. CTA will publish these statements on its website and dedicated COVID-19 information page.
“This is a moment in time for everyone in the insurance industry to come together and support the men and women who provide this essential service,” added Laskowski. “CTA would like to thank the Government of Canada and all provincial governments for the ongoing dialogue on this and all other matters related to trucking – their support and guidance has been tremendous.”
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- by Don Stewart
CTA & ATA Request Governments Keep Public Rest Areas Open During States of Emergency
Keeping Canada and America’s trucking industry moving during this ongoing battle against the spread of COVID-19 means that commercial truck rest areas must remain open and accessible to North American truck drivers at the front lines of keeping both economies functioning.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) and the American Trucking Association (ATA) are imploring all levels of government to keep public rest areas open during declarations of emergency.
“Not only do the rest areas need to remain open, we need to ensure that if this crisis is extended, food needs to be available for drivers at these areas along with sanitary and safe restroom facilities,” said CTA president Stephen Laskowski. “Drivers all over the country are ready to respond to this crisis, keep the supply chain moving and ensure store shelves are stocked; but in order to do that, they need access to basic sanitation and be able to continue to manage fatigue as they respond to this emergency.”
The Canadian and US economies depend on the trucking industry to deliver all the essential products Canadians and Americans require in these uncertain times, including medical and sanitation supplies fighting this virus as well as other emergency relief and food products.
“These hard-working men and women deserve and need a place to safely park their vehicles to rest as well as get food. We need to help our nation’s drivers more than ever – truck drivers will play a key role in fighting COVID-19. Shutting down the very few safe places they can rest, shower, fuel up and eat is not something anyone wants and will eventually disrupt the delivery of essential goods Canadians and Americans desperately need right now,” added Laskowski.
CTA is calling on governments to develop plans ensuring our drivers are well rested, fed and have proper access to clean washrooms throughout this crisis.
CTA has also been in touch with NATSO, Representing America's Travel Centers and Truckstops, regarding truck stop hours and staying in communication. NATSO shared this statement from the US federal government, which offers support in keeping truck stops open throughout the country.
If you have any questions, Please contact: 204 632-6600
- by Don Stewart
Canadian Trucking Alliance Public Statement on Voluntary Quarantine Measures for Leaving the Country
These are unprecedented times for Canadians. The Canadian Trucking Alliance supports the Government of Canada and all provinces in every way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
However, yesterday provinces began issuing statements regarding quarantine recommendations for Canadians leaving and returning to Canada. Our economy depends on trade with the United States – 70 percent of which is moved by the trucking industry and includes all essential products Canadians depend upon in these uncertain times, including medical and sanitation supplies fighting this virus as well as other emergency relief and food products.
The trucking industry and its drivers are an essential service. Self-quarantines for drivers leaving the country, who have not tested positive for the virus, would bring our economy to a grinding halt and jeopardize the public safety of Canadians. It is essential that distinctions are maintained between voluntary travel by the general public and those operating in vital international and domestic commerce. CTA would ask all levels of government examining their quarantine policies involving international travel and domestic trade to keep in mind that truck drivers are an essential service. The unintended consequences of not specifically considering this job class and its international travel requirements as an essential service could be catastrophic for the economy.
If you are a member of the Manitoba Trucking Association and would like more information or instructions on how to better connect with your Provincial Government.
Please contact us at: 204 632-6600
- by Christina Hryniuk
(Feb. 14, 2020) -- Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has announced a process to consider solidifying exemptions from new scheduling requirements for certain job classes in the trucking industry.
In 2019 ESDC announced interim exemptions in a variety of industries from a new scheduling requirement that came into force on September 1, 2019. At that time, the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) prepared a submission on behalf of the trucking industry and eventually interim exemptions were granted for several job classes in the trucking industry, like Truck Drivers, Courier Drivers, Material Handlers/Warehouse Workers, and Shipper-Receivers.
“When we dealt with this issue last fall, there was not enough time to have these exemptions solidified in regulation before the fall federal election,” said Stephen Laskowski, CTA president. “As a result, interim exemptions were used until the regulatory process could be initiated.”
Since that time, it has been ‘business as usual’ for trucking companies and employees in these job classes when it comes to scheduling requirements. However, ESDC has now announced that they will be beginning the process to solidify these exemptions into regulation. As was the case with the last round, it appears ESDC will be taking a sectoral approach and CTA will be leading the efforts in the trucking sector.
“In our opinion, CTA and the trucking industry made one of the strongest cases of any sector in the last round of consultations on this issue,” said Jonathan Blackham, CTA Direct of Policy and Public Affairs. “Our technical submission in support of these exemptions was fact based and clearly articulated the issues these new provisions caused for the trucking industry, and quite frankly, the entire Canadian supply chain.”
CTA was supported by groups and companies from the trucking industry, manufacturing, primary resources and many others. At the time, CTA was copied on countless emails from all aspects of the Canadian supply chain sent directly to the Prime Minister and the Minister of Labour supporting CTA’s request for exemptions.
While CTA is hoping that they do not need to initiate a similar call to action during this consultation, CTA is asking the trucking industry and the supply chain to be ready should trucking need their assistance to make the policy case for our sector.
“The government undoubtedly knows there has been rapid changes occurring in all freight sectors and the economy itself. Rapid changes that demand flexibility,” said Laskowski. “Key operational trends like just-in-time inventory, 24-hour package delivery, and variable production, among a host of other trends and practices, cannot be disregarded by government policy. We are hopeful these consultations will recognize these essential facts and will put these exemptions in regulation.”
- by Christina Hryniuk
(Feb. 10, 2020) -- Commercial insurance is a popular topic among those in the trucking industry and other commercial sectors in the economy. In response to the increasing attention pertaining to commercial insurance, the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has formed the National Commercial Insurance Task Force, with the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) being a key member.
The Task Force will begin meetings this month in Alberta and travelling across the rest of the country in the Winter-Spring of 2020. The IBC Task Force has a mandate to:
- Educate and inform consumers, governments and stakeholders on the factors contributing to the current availability and affordability challenges with commercial insurance;
- Learn from different industry partners, consumers and stakeholders about their experiences related to challenges around insurance availability and affordability;
- Develop a report with recommendations that aim to improve insurance availability and affordability for industry partners, consumers and stakeholders.
“The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) thanks and applauds IBC for taking leadership on this issue and establishing this process,” said CTA President Stephen Laskowski. “This is an opportunity to explore with the insurance industry what changes the membership would like to see in the area of commercial insurance.”
In preparation for this process, CTA has begun surveying its membership on potential areas for improvement they would like to see in commercial insurance.
“Early responses highlighted by members include issues related to insurance fraud, trucking sector specific issues, insurance personnel training, and length of claim process,” said CTA’s Senior VP Policy Geoff Wood. “Members will have an opportunity to be engaged in this process through CTA staff, or in some cases more directly by attending regional meetings of the Task Force. Either way we encourage the membership to get involved.”
To learn more about this important initiative, please click here.
- by Christina Hryniuk
Truck drivers represent more than 45 percent of our industry’s workers, but there are other occupations in trucking and logistics that deserve consideration too.
According to Trucking HR’s Labour Market Information: Interim Report September 2019, dispatchers made up about two percent of the workforce. Despite such a low number, they play a substantial and important role in the trucking industry.
From Statistics Canada’s 2016 Census we know:
- There are 16,730 dispatchers working in Canada’s trucking and logistics industry
- Regionally, 12% of these dispatchers are in B.C., 15% in Alberta, 7% in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, 39% in Ontario, 22% in Quebec and 5% in Atlantic Canada
- Women make up 39% of the dispatcher workforce
- 19% of dispatchers are newcomers to Canada
- 19% are visible minorities
- 4% of dispatchers are Indigenous
People between the ages of 15 and 35 make up 31 percent of the position, while people over the age of 55 account for 17 percent.
Become a dispatcher
A dispatcher monitors where trucks are located, checks on how the runs are going, deals with customers, finds the next load assignments, and more. The job of a dispatcher is fast-paced and constantly changing.
If you are thinking about becoming a trucking dispatcher, you’ll want to know whether it’s a right fit for you. You don’t need formal education to become a dispatcher, however there are programs and classes that are very helpful to the position. The other approach is quite simple. Hands on experience.
Once you are a in the position, you will quickly learn that it can be occasionally stressful. To overcome this, check your documents and work before moving forward, because one mistake could cause a domino effect of many more mistakes.
Dispatchers are good at multitasking. From finishing a phone call, you’ll likely have multiple emails, then be back on the phone again, then try to manage more emails and phone calls. With that being said, it’s important to plan ahead—know what the weather will be like the next day, whether there’s construction on your route or not, and map out a general plan.
As a dispatcher you will work closely with drivers where you will have to communicate with clearly and regularly.
Go to Jobs Canada to find dispatcher jobs now.