PMTC: US and Canadian Land Border Vaccination Requirements for Essential Travelers Survey Request

The Canadian and US governments have both recently announced that essential travelers, including truck drivers, must be fully vaccinated to enter their countries via the land border. For those entering Canada, the policy is set take effect on January 15th, and for those entering the US, it will take effect on January 22nd.

The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) has been lobbying to have this policy reversed for the Trucking Industry, or at the very least, delayed, as they believe it will have major effects on the supply chain between the two countries. The PMTC is looking to inform government with hard data and are requesting your help to do so.

Please take a moment and complete this following survey which will remain open until end of day on Sunday November 28th.  All survey results will remain confidential, and data will be combined.

Vaccination Status Survey


Supply Chain Recovery Working Group Survey

The Federal and Provincial Government of B.C. have formed a Supply Chain Recovery Working Group to help support supply chain restoration for the province. A survey has been developed to help inform what area’s need to be focused on, what the critical needs/products are, and impediments that may be there. If you do business in B.C., supply a product or service into or out of B.C., the group needs to hear your views.

The recent Atmospheric Event in BC has severely damaged transportation infrastructure in the province, with critical impacts on rail, road, and pipeline logistics. While railways are beginning to operate, and some highways are opened on a limited basis and work is underway on the TransMountain pipeline, the fragility of the infrastructure will be an ongoing concern.  The movement of essential goods has been disrupted and there may be both short-term and sustained impacts to volumes over normal routes. As such, there could be a sustained need to divert good movement from road to rail or marine.

The working group is requesting help in completing this survey and asking stakeholders to rationalize what are considered their priorities relative to and within the context of national, provincial, and regional interests given limited capacities in the system in the immediate timeframe.

Here is the Link to Essential and Priority Goods Movement survey which should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.


Government of Canada Announces Adjustments to Border and Travel Measures

In a sweeping announcement November 19th, the federal government has announced that beginning January 15th 2022, only double vaccinated people will be able to enter Canada, this includes essential workers such as Truck Drivers. This has been done to match up with the U.S. announced requirement to allow only double vaccinated travelers to enter the US. A final date for this requirement to enter the U.S. has yet to be provided.

Vaccination Requirements for Essential Cross-border Transportation Workers

As of January 15, 2022, certain groups of travelers who are currently exempt from entry requirements, including most essential service providers (such as truck drivers) will only be allowed to enter the country if they are fully vaccinated with one of the vaccines approved for entry into Canada.

Until January 15, 2022, the current border rules and exemptions for essential cross-border road transportation workers remain unchanged, with the exception of a new ArriveCAN element that will be introduced on November 30th.

Full details are included in the News Release: Government of Canada announces adjustments to Canada’s border measures

New ArriveCAN Functionality

As of November 30, 2021, all exempt essential service providers will be required to identify their vaccination status in ArriveCAN, regardless of whether or not they are allowed to enter as unvaccinated. ArriveCAN will prompt them to provide details on their vaccine(s), including manufacturer, country received and date received, and to upload their proof of vaccination.

If an exempt essential traveller previously created a reusable ArriveCAN receipt, they will be required to either download the latest version of the free ArriveCAN mobile app or sign in to the web version after November 30, 2021, and re-submit all of their information, including the newly required information on proof of vaccinations, to get a new exempt reusable ArriveCAN receipt. Once an exempt traveller creates a new reusable receipt, the receipt can be used for subsequent trips.

Until January 15, 2022, if an exempt essential traveller is not vaccinated, they will still be able to get an ArriveCAN receipt. After January 15, 2022, they must be fully vaccinated to get an ArriveCAN receipt. As of this date, most travellers who are currently exempt from quarantine will need to be fully vaccinated to enter Canada. They will also be required to upload their proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN.

Full details from the Public Health Agency of Canada can be found here:

Complete and detailed information about the requirements for travel to and within Canada can be found here:


Provincial State of Emergency Declared for British Columbia

The following e-bulletin was issued on November 17th by the Province of British Columbia:

Provincial State of Emergency Declared:
The B.C. government is declaring a provincial state of emergency to mitigate impacts on transportation networks and movement of essential goods and supplies, and to support the provincewide response and recovery from the widespread damage caused by severe flooding and landslides in British Columbia.

“Provincial, federal and local governments are working with emergency personnel to make sure people and communities get the help they need as they work through yet another natural disaster. This provincial declaration of emergency will ensure the transport of goods, and essential and emergency services,” said Premier John Horgan. “Thank you to everyone for doing what you can to stay safe and to help one another as we work through this catastrophic time.”

Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, made the declaration on Nov. 17, 2021, based on the recommendation from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and Emergency Management BC. The declaration will take effect immediately.

“This provincewide declaration will help us with the challenges ahead as we recover from the utter devastation that’s been caused by this natural disaster,” said Farnworth. “Getting our rail and roadways back up and in operation is a top priority, and the declaration will enable us to put the resources in place to make that happen.”

The state of emergency is initially in effect for 14 days and may be extended or rescinded as necessary. The state of emergency applies to the whole province and ensures federal, provincial and local resources can be delivered in a co-ordinated response to protect the public, which remains the provincial government’s top priority.

“Our focus is on clearing, repairing and reopening roads to connect the Interior and the North to the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, to get our supply chains moving,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “We are working closely with multiple partners to make this happen. It is a big job, but collectively we are up to the challenge and will get things opened up again just as soon as we possibly can.”

There are approximately 17,775 people evacuated due to impacts from the flooding, with 5,918 properties on Evacuation Order, and 3,632 properties on Evacuation Alert.

The federal government has responded to and accepted British Columbia’s requests for assistance. In the coming days, additional federal personnel and resources will be arriving in B.C. to assist.

The state of emergency gives agencies, such as the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Emergency Management BC, the RCMP and others the ability to use extraordinary measures to protect people and communities.

Quick Facts:

  • Declarations of provincial states of emergency may be issued by the minister responsible under the Emergency Program Act.
  • The provincial government can extend the period of a declaration made by the minister responsible.

Learn More:

For information on evacuation orders and alerts, visit Emergency Info BC: https://www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca/

For the latest information on roads and travel, visit: www.drivebc.ca


WTFC Launches Phase 2 of the #KnowHumanTrafficking Campaign

On November 4th, 2021 the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada (WTFC) announced the start of Phase 2 of the #KnowHumanTrafficking campaign.

The announcement took place at KnowledgeSurge Institute in Barrie Ontario and included the following guests:

  • Honourable MP John Brassard
  • Kayla Sills Representative for the Honourable MP Doug Shipley
  • Detective Constable Bev Mackay Anti Human Trafficking Unit OPP
  • Detective Constables Michelle Jensen & Dave Koopman Barrie Police
  • Patricia Graham Metis Nation of Ontario
  • Katherine Chabot Representative for MPP Andrea Khanjin  

For the next few weeks the #KnowHumanTrafficking trailer will be rolling on the roads in the Barrie area with the next stop in Ottawa Ontario, where it will be hosted by Crossroads Truck Training Academy.

To learn more about the #KnowHumanTrafficking Campaign please visit http://knowhumantrafficking.com/ or contact Shelley Walker, Samantha Clarke or Fiona Stone from the WTFC.


ELD Regulation Change Update

The Ministry of Transportation has announced that amendments to Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA) Regulation 555/06 (Hours of Service) have been approved and will come into force on June 12, 2022. These changes will make it mandatory for commercial motor vehicle drivers who operate within Ontario to use an Electronic Logging Device (ELDs) to record their Hours of Service (HoS). Drivers of commercial motor vehicles who are currently required to maintain a daily log will be required to use a certified ELD.

To simplify operating requirements for Ontario’s commercial truck and bus carriers that operate both inside and outside of the province, Ontario’s ELD mandate closely matches the federal ELD mandate and will take effect for commercial truck carriers on June 12, 2022. This date aligns with the rollout of ELD enforcement for federally-regulated commercial truck and bus carriers.

Bus carriers who operate within Ontario only will be required to use a certified ELD as of July 1, 2023.

Changes to Ontario’s regulations specify which vehicles are subject to the new rules and which vehicles are exempt.

ELDs are used to support the current Hours of Service (HOS) requirements. Ontario’s ELD requirements closely match Transport Canada’s, including:

  • No change to the current drivers that are required to follow HOS
  • No change to the current drivers that are required to carry and maintain a daily logbook
  • No change to the current HOS limits, and
  • ELDs are required to be certified to meet the requirements of the Canadian Council of Motor Transportation Administrators Technical Standard and be listed on Transport Canada’s list of certified devices.

You can view the amendments to Ontario regulations on e-Laws that come into effect June 12, 2022:

For more information, please visit:


New MTO Road Safety Presentations Available

The Public Outreach and Education office of the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is sharing a new series of road safety presentations available province wide.  These live virtual presentations are a great way to provide road safety education on a variety of topics and provide Ontarians with the knowledge and awareness to help keep themselves, and other road users safe. 

Spots are limited so please register now:

Safe and Secure: Child Passenger Safety: Join a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician from the Ministry of Transportation to learn about the proper use and installation of child car seats.

Be Prepared, Be Safe: Winter Driving: Winter can be challenging for even the most experienced drivers. Join the Ministry of Transportation to learn about how Ontario manages snow clearing, tools to plan your routes, and how to prepare yourself and your vehicle for winter conditions. 

Smart Ride, Safe Ride: Off-Road Vehicles (ORV): ORVs are year-round utility and recreation vehicles that can offer hours of enjoyment to outdoor enthusiasts. Join the Ministry of Transportation to learn what you need to know about operating an ORV in Ontario including what you can ride, where you can ride, and how to be a safe and responsible rider.


Ontario Regulatory Registry: Automated Flagger Assistance Device

A new proposal has been submitted to consider regulatory amendments that will implement new Automated Flagger Assistance Devices (AFAD) provisions of the Moving Ontarians More Safely Act. This includes added provisions to Regulation 606 – Portable Lane Control Signal Systems under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) which will assist in traffic control and enable enforcement of AFAD in construction zones.

The goal of these proposed changes is intended to support increased road safety.

For full details on the proposed regulation please click here.

Comments on the proposed regulation are due back by December 7th, 2021 to the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) by email.


Fleet Safety Council Announces 2021 Provincial Meeting

The Fleet Safety Council (FSC) is excited to announce another Provincial Virtual Meeting. The meeting has been scheduled for Thursday December 16th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Following the format of last years Provincial Meeting there will be two presentations and updates from each of the chapters and members are encouraged to wear a holiday sweater to the event.

The presentations include:

Presentation 1: Mental Health in the Transportation Industry: A Call to Action
IHSA’s Kathy Martin (Coordinator, Research, Stakeholder & Public Relations, Mental Health and Wellness Specialist) and John Kellie (Health and Safety Consultant) will be discussing the importance of mental health in the transportation industry, share what some other companies are doing and facilitate a discussion around what you can do moving forward.

Presentation 2: Update on the Driver Inc. Model Project by the ESDC Labour Program
Elizabeth Tavares (Occupational Health and Safety Officer, ESDC Labour Program) will be discussing the Driver Inc. Model Project which is a working group comprised of Labour Standards and OHS officers in Ontario who are examining employers that are currently using or misusing the Driver Inc. model and misclassifying workers.

Registration is now open: Click here to register


Ontario Improving Washroom Rights for Truck Drivers and Delivery Workers

The Ontario government intends to introduce legislation, that if passed, would allow delivery workers access to company washrooms at businesses they are delivering to. Consultations conducted by the Ontario Workforce Recovery Advisory determined that couriers, truck drivers and people who deliver food (including online delivery options like Skip the Dishes) are often denied use of washrooms at businesses they serve.

Details were shared on October 20th by Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, who was joined by Deepak Anand, Parliamentary Assistant to Minister McNaughton, and Christine Hogarth, MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore.

Stephen Laskowski, President and CEO of the Ontario Trucking Association, says: “The Ontario Trucking Association is extremely thankful to Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development for recognizing our drivers as the true heroes they are and encouraging everyone in the supply chain to do their part in treating drivers with respect. The Minister saw a problem and implemented a solution that will no doubt serve as a model for other jurisdictions across North America.”

Click here to read the complete News Release.

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Medical Report Extensions for Commercial Drivers Licenses Coming to an End on October 31st

Commercial drivers who were required to submit a medical report on or after March 1st, 2020, as part of maintaining their commercial driver’s license, must submit their medical report by October 31st, 2021.

If the report is not received by October 31st, 2021, their commercial driver’s license can be downgraded.

Drivers may submit their commercial medical at a nearby Drive Test Location or fax their information to the Driver Medical Review Office at 416-235-3400 (toll-free at 1-800-304-7889) or alternatively or mail the report to:

Ministry of Transportation
Driver Medical Review Office
77 Wellesley Street West
Box 589
Toronto, Ontario
M7A 1N3

It is also recommended that drivers keep a copy of the submitted information for their records.

For a list of all of the extensions coming to an end in Ontario please click here.