Class 1 Driver Training

Living in a world with COVID-19 is different in many ways. However, some things haven’t changed, and the need for well-trained, professional Class 1 drivers is one.

As we have seen in the past few months, not only is there still a need for drivers, but there is also a greater appreciation for what drivers do and the vital role they play in our economy.

While these numbers are based on pre-pandemic data, they are still important numbers to share: the trucking industry, especially our driving population, consists of an aging workforce with an average driver age of 55 years old. Only 15% of the trucking industry’s workforce is under 30 years of age. In 2019, the province estimated a shortage of 4100 drivers in Manitoba by 2025. In short, there’s a real need for drivers, and there will continue to be one for years to come.


What resources are available for those interested?

In Manitoba, there are two training options available: MELT (Mandatory Entry Level Training, a 121.5 hour program) or the Driver Training Funding program, a 244 hour pre-employment program with tuition costs covered for eligible applicants. Graduates of the 244 hour program are professional drivers ready to work commercially.


How Do I Become an Eligible Applicant?

Individuals who receive a conditional offer of employment from a trucking company and a letter of acceptance from an accredited Class 1 truck driver training school (contact the MTA for a current list of schools) may be eligible to receive up to 100% tuition funding for their truck driver training. Other financial supports will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis depending on individual need, but may include living allowances and other incidental costs.  Please note that eligibility for this program is limited to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.


How Do I Get Started?

As so many offices are currently closed or have modified schedules due to the COVID-19 pandemic, call ahead to book appointments for any meetings, whether in-person, via conference call, or by phone. The first place to call is Industry, Training & Employment Services – 204-945-0575 (in Winnipeg) or 1-866-332-5077 (toll free) in order to get your application started.

Service Centre locations (including addresses and phone numbers) can be found on this page.


What Schools Are Currently Offering Training?

Arnold Bros. Transportation Academy

Buffalo Driver Training

First Class Training Centre Inc.

KMS Transport Driving Academy

Perfect One Driving School Ltd.

Professional Transport Driver Training School

United Transportation Driver Training


Looking for some information to get you started?

MPI’s Professional Driver’s Manual is a great way to get started on your career as a commercial truck driver.


Need more information?

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Danielle at the MTA office, either by phone (204-632-6600) or email (