TORONTO – One of the consequences of the 2018 Humboldt Broncos tragedy is the reform of transport truck driver training in Canada, which has seen mandatory entry-level training (MELT) as a requirement to be licensed in some parts of the country.

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More than three years after the tragedy, eight of the 13 provinces and territories have yet to mandate training to license truck drivers. despite being codified As a national standard in 2020 by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, an organization that brings together all federal, provincial and regional transport departments.

W5 surveyed the truck driving school landscape across Canada to produce this snapshot of the state of MELT in the country.


British Columbia

In British Columbia, the Crown Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) is responsible for driver licensing and vehicle registration. ICBC also maintains a registry of schools approved for MELT. were there 43 MELT SCHOOL in BC at the end of September, but ICBC told W5 that it expects numbers to increase as it receives and processes new applications before October 18, 2021: the official start date of MELT in BC. Existing BC Class 1 drivers are exempted. .

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The province has six inspectors and seven investigators for all 89 driving schools in the province, regardless of car (graduate license program) [GLP]) or truck (MELT). They specialize only in driving school and some investigators have trucking industry and exam background. In BC, inspectors and investigators work for the ICBC.


In Alberta, MELT went into effect on March 1, 2019, less than a year after the Humboldt tragedy. At that time, all truck and school bus driving schools in the province had to reapply for new driver training school licenses. In Alberta, the Ministry of Transportation publishes a list of licensed truck driving schools: 42 Truck Driving School Offer MELT programs throughout the province through the end of September. Alberta’s requirements Truck driving schools include a cap on how much they can charge: no more than $10,000 for a minimum Class 1 MELT “to ensure costs are reasonable and accessible.”

In Alberta, licenses for two truck driving schools were suspended or revoked in the past three years, but their names are kept private by the province. The Ministry of Transportation confirmed via email that the driver training school and driving instructor that trained Jaskirat Sidhu, the driver of the transport truck in the Humboldt Bronco bus accident, is no longer licensed in Alberta.


The MELT in Saskatchewan went into effect in 2021. Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) certifies Truck Driver Training School in that province. To date there are 24 schools operating 85 campuses throughout the province.


Maintains Manitoba Public Insurance Registry of MELT Providers. MELT became a prerequisite for truck driver licensing in the province on September 1, 2019. Drivers with licenses issued before that date were not required to take the MELT or re-test. In Manitoba, truck drivers who are going to be may also complete the current 24-hour course offered by a private vocational institution, which is more than a hundred hours longer than the minimum MELT requirement of 121.5-hour in Manitoba. At the end of September there were 27 MELT trucking schools and one vocational institution.

of Manitoba Professional Professional Institute Branch Oversees the operation of driving schools that are offering vocational courses and oversees the delivery of the province’s approved 121.5-hour MELT curriculum.


With its 183 public and private truck-driving schools, Ontario accounts for nearly half of all 370 schools across Canada, when W5 counted them at the end of September.

There are 155 Private Career Colleges (PCCs) licensed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCUs) that teach truck driving, and another 28 training organizations accredited by the Ministry of Transport.

In 2018, there were 50 PCCs across 82 campuses offering Class A (or AZ) truck driver training programs. Three years later, the number of truck driver PCCs has tripled to 155, and the number of campuses has increased to 116.

They offer 450 approved truck driver courses at 198 campuses in 155 PCC Ontario, a province where MELT was already being adopted when the Humboldt tragedy struck in 2018.

In 2021, there are Operation of 520 Registered PCCs 719 campuses offer a variety of vocational training, from hair styling to cooking to paralegal training and truck driving. 155 private trucking schools account for 30 percent of all PCCs in Ontario.

of MCU Compliance and Enforcement Report 29 notices and orders going back to 2018 show for all 520 schools, including 11 for nine truck-drive PCCs: eight compliance orders, two financial penalties and one immediate registration cancellation.

The province has eight inspectors looking after the PCC, which operates 155 trucks.


“Quebec has a much larger program, largely funded by the government, that offers a lot more training than MELT,” Mike Milian, president of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada, told W5. The standard cost to take a 615 hour truck driver training course in Quebec is $132 in. Is “Transport Par Camion” Schools and Programs Reviewed by W5.

Policy Makers and Truck Industry Representatives of Quebec Pan-Canadian Training Criteria or “Minimum Standard of Basic Training for Drivers of Commercial Vehicles (Class 1).” MELT is translated into French on a mandatory basis for commercial vehicle drivers.

But in Quebec, criteria such as MELT were included in the licensing eligibility requirements as an option, not a mandatory requirement. While it is not mandatory to obtain your truck driver’s license in Quebec, truck driver training will reduce your qualifying time for that license by a full year. Quebec is providing publicly funded professional colleges A standard 615 hour truck driving program Over the years, smaller private schools are expected to meet the demand for MELT-minimum curriculum.

The provincial crown insurance corporation, Société de l’Assurance Automobile du Québec (SAAQ) operates driver’s licences. training was still optional, Not necessary at the end of September. In Quebec, you can take a Class 1 road test with three years of driving experience, a good driving record, and pass a knowledge and two road tests. In fact “the number of hours required for driving formation is not fixed by law” Quebec Trucking Association W5 confirmed.

sock Lists six institutions Which offers Diploma of Vocational Studies (DEP) in Trucking. of provincial government Vocational and Technical Training Website 34 public and private institutions offering various “transportation par camion” courses, including 132-hour courses for $615, faced the lowest prices in this all-Canadian survey.

Nova Scotia

In Nova Scotia, you can upgrade from your Class 5 to Class 1 license after one year of driving experience. You must be 19 years old with “successful demonstration of driving ability in a semi-trailer or tractor trailer combination”, pass written, medical and optical tests.

there was no training required in Nova Scotia to obtain your Class 1 transport truck driving license at the end of September 2021. But this may change sometime in the unspecified future, as Nova Scotia is in the process of adopting national entry-level training standards, according to the Nova Scotia Department of Education. Public Works.

In Nova Scotia, there are four registered institutions that offer commercial truck driver training (Class 1), two in Sydney and one in Maistown and Dartmouth.

new Brunswick

currently no training Requirements for obtaining your Class 1 license in New Brunswick. One is required to be at least 18 years old for the written test, one year of holding another driving license and a medical fitness report. To take the Class 1 road test, you additionally need to bring a “road eligible vehicle” for your road test.

But that may change soon. “New Brunswick is currently reviewing the federal standard and will bring forward recommendations for [the] Government thoughts in the new year,” a government spokesperson explained in an email to W5.

There are four truck driving schools in New Brunswick: three private and one public (and bilingual) offering training programs ranging from 112 to 465 hours.

Prince Edward Island

PEI is in the process of adopting the standard. there is a driving school On the Island which offers a six week long Class 1 course exceeding the minimum MELT standard.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Licensing in the province is the responsibility of motor registration and there is no training requirement for them. list of essentials For Truck Driving Licence: One year Class 5 Licence, Medical, Written Commercial and Sign and Vision test pass, plus Air brake endorsement. Only then will you receive a permit allowing you to be instructed by a licensed commercial driver. Otherwise, you are free to take a road test in Newfoundland and Labrador without mandatory training.

According to the Department of Digital Government and Services NL, MELT is still a dynamic part in Newfoundland and Labrador, where requirements and timelines have yet to be identified.

In that province, there are three institutions – one public college and two private – registered to provide 13-week-long truck driver training programs.


MELT is still a work in progress in Nunavut where they are taking legislative steps to make it mandatory. But all truck drivers who have been licensed in recent years “have had entry-level training professionally,” John Hawkins of Nunavut Economic Development and Transportation wrote to W5. Nunavut issues very few truck driver’s licenses,…