Mandatory Use Of The ArriveCan APP Effective Monday February 22nd, 2021

In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 across the border the the Government of Canada has utilized a variety of tools since the beginning of the pandemic . The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has been working closely with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and other federal partners along with provincial partners to ensure that the required measures to limit and reduce the spread of the virus into Canada were put into place. As the situation evolves so do the measures and tools to combat and track COVID-19 cases.

Effective Sunday February 21st, 2021 at 11:59:59 PM, it will now be required for all travelers to submit their information electronically before or when entering Canada. Commercial transporters will continue to be able to submit the mandatory information before or when entering Canada. For travelers who have not submitted their information in advance, they will be asked to provide it on entry.  

All travelers arriving in Canada by land, sea or air (including essential workers) can use the ArriveCAN app to enter their information prior to reaching the border.

While it is not mandatory for the information to be submitted in advance of crossing the border at this time, the use of ArriveCAN for travelers to submit their information in advance of the border is strongly recommended. ArriveCAN is a secure and user-friendly tool to help travelers comply with Canada’s enhanced border measures. ArriveCAN is available as a free mobile app available for download from Google Play or the App Store. Drivers that do not have access to the ArriveCan App can either use the mobile App or sign in online on any personal computing device (e.g. tablet) to use the non-app version of ArriveCAN. This can be accessed at Canada.ca/ArriveCAN. Drivers may also enter their information in advance of their trip (before leaving Canada) and this information will be valid until they begin their next trip out of the country.

Drivers (essential workers) will be required to enter their travel information, contact details etc. however, they will not be required to complete the quarantine portion of the ArriveCAN questionnaire.

Travelers who do not submit their information in advance will not be denied boarding or entry but may:

  1. Be subject to additional public health questioning (and delays)
  2. Be subject to additional enforcement action

We will continue to update this page with additional details as required.


Upcoming Consultations: Review of the Motor Vehicle Operators Hours of Work Regulations (Canada Labour Code)

The Fleet Safety Council would like to share the following important information regarding Hours of Work for Federally Regulated Carriers.

The Labour Program is currently undertaking a review of the Motor Vehicle Operators Hours of Work Regulations (MVOHWR). These regulations are enabled under Part III of the Canada Labour Code and prescribe, among other things, what is counted as working hours for which motor vehicle operators must be remunerated and which of these hours are to be compensated at the overtime rate.

Recent consultations about the implementation of new hours of work provisions under Part III of the Code, following significant legislative changes, have brought to light a number of issues with the MVOHWR. This includes concerns that the MVOHWR’s provisions, which were the subject of only minor amendments since coming into force in 1973, may no longer reflect the needs and realities of employees and employers in today’s road transportation industry. The present review aims to revisit and modernize the MVOHWR, to the extent required.

Please see the downloads below (in both English and French) of the consultation paper that describes some of the issues for which the Labour Program would like to hear the views of stakeholders. The paper identifies potential amendments for consideration, but please note that any significant modifications will depend heavily on input received from stakeholders. Although feedback is welcome regarding any aspect of the MVOHWR, the consultation paper focuses on three main themes:

  • Defining motor vehicle operators
  • Prescribing standard hours of work for motor vehicle operators
  • Defining working hours for motor vehicle operators

The consultation will be held over three sessions, though additional sessions may be added if necessary to accommodate a large number of interested participants. The proposed sessions are as follows:

  • February 9, 1:00pm – 4:00pm EST, held in English
  • February 11, 1:00pm – 4:00pm EST, held in English
  • February 12, 1:00pm – 4:00pm EST, held in French

If you are interested in attending a session please note that they will all take place online using the Cisco Webex videoconferencing application, but participants will also have the option to phone in. The details to access the meeting will be provided to all confirmed participants in advance. A fifteen minute break will be provided around the midpoint of each session.

If you are interested in attending please email ESDC.LS.MVOHWR.CONSULTATIONS-CONSULTATIONS.RDTCVA.NT.EDSC@labour-travail.gc.ca and advise who from your organization will be attending and which session you would like to attend:

Stakeholders are also welcome to respond in writing to the questions found in the consultation paper, through the same email address. Written comments should be sent no later than March 5, 2021 to ensure that they can be considered before the Labour Program begins drafting modifications of the MVOHWR.


Fleet Safety Council Announces Provincial December Meeting

The Regional Chapters of the Fleet Safety Council (FSC) have decided to move forward with a Provincial Meeting for the month of December rather than hosting individual meetings. Currently all chapter and Provincial meetings are being hosted virtually as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

The FSC has already hosted two successful Provincial Meetings earlier this year, which are available to view here:
FSC Provincial Meetings

The last meeting for the year is scheduled for Thursday December 10, 2020 from 10 am – noon and the agenda includes presentations on:

  1. Bill C-65 and the new Work Place Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations featuring Elizabeth Tavares and Tara Withers from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
  2. Ontario Road Safety Annual Report – 2017 featuring Michael McGrath from the Ministry of Transportation (MTO).

The meeting is open to all members of the FSC or those interested in learning more about the council and the benefits of being a member.

The meeting will be facilitated using GoTo Meeting and members are encouraged to keep their cameras on and wear their favorite holiday sweaters.


29th Annual Fleet Safety Conference Recap

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On Friday October 2nd 2020, the Fleet Safety Council held it’s 29th Annual Educational Conference. The sessions included:

  1. Opening remarks by Minister of Transportation the Hon. Caroline Mulroney
  2. The FSC Annual General Meeting facilitated by Bonnie Learn (Joint Executive Chair) and Donna Bisch (Joint Executive Vice Chair)
  3. A welcome message by FSC Conference Chairperson, Charlie Charalambous
  4. Introduction by Enzo Garritano, President and CEO of the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association

Recorded educational sessions included:

  1. OTA Update by Geoff Wood, Senior Vice President, Policy at Ontario Trucking Association Canadian Trucking Alliance

2. Insurance Update by Todd MacGillivray, Vice-President, Transportation and Logistics at Northbridge Insurance

Click to watch the full recording (coming soon)

PDF (coming soon)

3. Legal Update by Rui Fernandes, Partner at Fernandes Hearn LLP

4. Industry Update by Lou Smyrlis, Managing Director, Newcom Media’s Trucking and Supply Chain Group

Industry thank you videos:

The theme for this year’s conference included several pre-recorded thank you messages from the annual conference planning committee and representatives from the regional chapters.

  1. Industry thank you narrated by FSC Joint Executive Chairperson, Bonnie Learn (click here to watch the video)
  2. Industry thank you #1 (click here to watch the video)
  3. Industry thank you #2 (click here to watch the video)
  4. Industry thank you #3 (click here to watch the video)
  5. Industry thank you #4 (click here to watch the video)


Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney Confirmed for FSC Annual Educational Conference Opening Remarks

The Hon. Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation and Francophone Affairs, has agreed to provide the opening remarks for the 29th Annual Fleet Safety Council Educational Conference. Minister Mulroney is the latest speaker to be added to the upcoming virtual conference scheduled for Friday October 2, 2020.

Hon. Caroline Mulroney

Minister Mulroney was appointed Minister of Transportation in June 2019 and has been focused on getting people where they want to go, when they need to get there. This work includes creating historic partnerships with the City of Toronto and York Region that will support the Province of Ontario’s $28.5 billion investment program in four new priority projects, overseeing an ambitious expansion of the GO rail network, and the development of regional transportation plans across the province.

As a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic the FSC Conference Committee made the decision earlier this year to move the event to an online format. Minister Mulroney joins an already announced fantastic line-up of speakers which include:

This years conference is being provided free of charge to all delegates as a thank you to the transportation industry for all that they have done to support the Canadian economy during these challenging times.

Click here to download the full conference agenda and speaker bio’s

Click here to register for the conference


2020 & 2021 Fleet Safety Council Sponsor Update

A Message from the Fleet Safety Council Conference Committee to Our Sponsors:

On behalf of the Fleet Safety Council Conference Committee we would like to thank all of our sponsors for their commitment and dedicated sponsorship. Through their support and generous contributions, we were able to make the 2020 Fleet Safety Council Virtual Conference completely free to our participants. This event has a great line up and is sure to offer some fantastic information that will be relevant for all attendees.  To show our appreciation we encourage all of our members to take the time to review the offerings of our sponsors and support those that have made these conferences possible. Visit our 2020 Conference Sponsor page to learn more about each of these great organizations.

It was a difficult but understandable decision to make this year’s event virtual and the social interaction will definitely be missed by all attendees, however we have 2021 to look forward to! Our Conference Committee has already began planning the 2021 Conference and it is scheduled for October 1st, 2021,at Millennium Gardens Banquet Centre in Brampton.  

If you are interested in sponsoring the conference in 2021 please see our 2021 Sponsorship Information or contact Rick Brown at rickb@fleetsafetycouncil.com or Donna Bisch at sponsorship@fleetsafetycouncil.com .

As we continue to grow and improve our FSC Conference experience year after year, please know that partnerships with our sponsors are vital to the success of this event. Our sponsors are truly appreciated.

Thanks again and we hope that you enjoy the 2020 Virtual Conference and we look forward to seeing you in 2021.

Sincerely,

The Fleet Safety Council Conference Committee


Click here to register for the free of charge 2020 Fleet Safety Council Annual Conference


Fleet Safety Council Announces Agenda and Opens Registration to 29th Annual (Virtual) Conference

The Fleet Safety Council (FSC) Conference Committee is excited to share to share the following important and exciting update. The agenda for the 29th Annual (Virtual) Conference has been confirmed and registration is now open!

The virtual conference will run from 8 am until 12:30 pm with scheduled breaks between sessions and is being provided at no cost to attendees!

The conference planning committee is pleased to confirm the following four speakers:

Click here to register for the 29th Annual Fleet Safety Council Educational Conference.

To learn more about this announcement, please read the FSC Conference Committee press release below.


Fleet Safety Council Provincial Meetings

December 10th, 2020

Click here to download the full meeting minutes (FSC member login required)

Speakers:

  1. Elizabeth Tavares, Occupational Health and Safety Officer (ESDC Labour Program) and Tara Withers, Occupational Health and Safety Officer, (ESDC Labour Program) provided an update on Bill C-65 and the new Work Place Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations.

Resources:

Click here to view the session recording

Work Place Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations (Justice Laws Website)

Labour Program Internal Policy Guideline for Work Place Harassment and Violence Prevention (HVP)

2. Michael McGrath: Senior Safety Research Advisor, Research and Evaluation Office Ministry of Transportation provided an update on the Ontario Road Safety Annual Report – 2017.

Resources:

Click here to view the session recording

Ontario Road Safety Annual Report – 2017

June 2nd, 2020

Speakers:

  1. Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada & Craig Faucette: Director, Policy and Programs, Trucking HR Canada shared an update on the Trucking Industry and COVID-19 and How Has The Pandemic Impacted the Impression of Trucking.

Click here to view the session recording

Click here to download the Meeting Minutes (FSC member sign in required)

April 15th and 17th:

Speakers:

  1. Charlie Charalambous, IHSA Coordinator, Research and Stakeholder & Public Relations shared the Transportation services health and safety presentation with the members
  2. Andrea Morley, Nutritionist & Program Manager with Healthy Trucker shared a presentation on Driver Mental Health & COVID-19

Click here to view the session recording.

Click here to download the Meeting Minutes (FSC member sign in required)