Class A Manual Transmission Restriction in Ontario Begins July 1st, 2022

Effective July 1, 2022, drivers must complete their Class A or Class A restricted (AR) road test in a vehicle with a manual transmission that consists of at least eight forward gears with a high-low range or a restriction will be placed on their license. Drivers with restrictions cannot operate Class A/AR vehicles with a manual transmission in Ontario and will only be permitted to operate automatic, semi-automatic or automated-manual transmission Class A/AR vehicles.

Please note that a motor vehicle is considered to have a manual transmission if it has:

  • A driver-operated clutch that is activated by a pedal or lever, or
  • A driver operated gear-shift mechanism (operated by hand or foot and does not use the assistance of automation)

The restriction will be placed on the driver record and driver’s license. This restriction does not apply to the operation of lower-class vehicles such as Class G or D.

This restriction does not apply to anyone who completed their Class A/AR road test before July 1, 2022, however if someone is required by the Province to complete a class A road test after July 1st 2022, for any reason, and the test is completed in an auto shift vehicle, they will receive a restriction on their license, regardless of how long they may have previously had a class A license.

For full details please follow this link: https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-truck-drivers-licence#manual_transmission


Suspension of Vaccine Requirement Mandate

On June 14th, 2022 , the Government of Canada announced that, as of June 20th at 00:01 EDT, vaccination will no longer required to board a plane or train in Canada. Additionally, employers in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine sectors will no longer be required to have mandatory vaccination policies in place for employees. They also updated that due to the unique nature of cruise ships vaccination against COVID-19 is still required for passengers and crew on cruise ships operating in Canadian waters.

Crown corporations and separate agencies will also be asked to suspend vaccine requirements. Furthermore, the Government of Canada is no longer moving forward with proposed regulations under Part II (Occupational Health and Safety) of the Canada Labour Code to make vaccination mandatory in all federally regulated workplaces.

Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents returning from international destinations who do not qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption continue to be required to provide a valid pre-entry test result, remain subject to Day 1 and Day 8 molecular testing, and quarantine for 14 days. Canadians who leave the country will still be required to adhere to other countries’ vaccination requirements, including those in in the U.S. that keep unvaccinated Canadian truckers from crossing the border and the Canadian border will continue to remain closed to unvaccinated truckers.

The Government of Canada’s decision to suspend the mandatory vaccination requirement for the domestic transportation sector was informed by key indicators, including:

  • The evolution of the virus;
  • The epidemiologic situation and modelling (stabilization of infection and hospitalizations across the country);
  • Vaccine science; and,
  • High levels of vaccination in Canada against COVID-19.

Here are some of the updates from the announcement:

Requirement for Vaccinations Suspended for Domestic and Outbound Travel:

  • As of June 20, 2022, at 00:01 EDT, vaccination will no longer be a requirement to board a plane or train in Canada.
  • This change does not affect border measures that require all travellers entering Canada to continue following entry requirements, including vaccination.
  • Other public health measures, such as wearing a mask, continue to apply and will be enforced throughout a traveller’s journey on a plane or train.

Cruise Ship Travel:

Vaccination against COVID-19 is still required for passengers and crew on cruise ships operating in Canadian waters.

Adherence to strict public health requirements on cruise ships will still be required.

Federally Regulated Transportation Sector Workers:

  • As of June 20, 2022, at 00:01 EDT, employers in the federally regulated air, rail, and marine sectors will no longer be required to have mandatory vaccination policies in place for employees.
  • Employers will be responsible for establishing return-to-work practices.

Masking Requirements

  • Travellers on federally regulated planes and trains continue to be required to wear a mask throughout their journey except for brief periods (e.g., eating or drinking).
  • Passengers on cruise ships will be expected to follow the masking requirements and other hygiene measures as directed by the ship’s crew, regardless of whether they are foreign or domestic.

Entry Requirements Remain for Travel to Canada from Abroad:

  • Vaccine requirements for entry into Canada by foreign nationals remain unchanged at this time.
  • Foreign nationals who are not fully vaccinated continue to be prohibited entry into Canada.
  • Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents returning from international destinations who do not qualify for the fully vaccinated traveller exemption continue to be required to provide a valid pre-entry test result, remain subject to Day 1 and Day 8 molecular testing, and quarantine for 14 days.
  • In addition, all travellers entering Canada are required to input their mandatory information in ArriveCAN within 72 hours before their arrival in Canada. Travellers who arrive without completing their ArriveCAN submission may be subject to Day 1, Day 8 molecular testing, quarantine for 14 days, and to fines or other enforcement actions, regardless of their vaccination status.

Please see the links below for additional information on the announcement: :

  • News Release: Suspension of the vaccine mandates for domestic travellers, transportation workers and federal employees
  • Backgrounder: Suspension of the mandatory vaccination requirement for domestic travellers and federally regulated transportation workers

TAT Releases Toronto Coalition Build Impact Report

On April 19th 2022 Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) held its first Coalition Build in Canada since 2020. The event was a success and helped to build public and private partnerships to combat human trafficking everywhere. The event included key industry stakeholders (in the trucking and bus industries) along with local and provincial law enforcement.

Sponsors for the Coalition Build included Day and Ross, Uber Freight, The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario, The Infrastructure Health and Safety Association and The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada.

Also included at the Coalition Build was the Freedom Drivers Project (FDP) trailer which made it’s first stop in Canada for the event. Read the full article to learn more about the FDP at Truck News: Trailer Delivers Human Trafficking Message to Canada

For more details on Trucks Against Trafficking Canada please visit: https://truckersagainsttrafficking.org/canada/