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Ontario training schools call for tuition hike-Today’s Trucking

HAMILTON, ON – The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is calling on the province to raise the $40 hourly cap on tuition governed by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development – and it has already found industry support in the call.

Select carriers, insurance providers, and the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada are all supporting the bid. Read more….

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TTSAO Working with Province to Raise $40.00 Hourly Cap


TTSAO Working with Province
to Raise $40.00 Hourly Cap

December 5, 2017 – Hamilton, ON: Along with representation from Carriers, Insurance and the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC), the TTSAO recently met with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) to discuss raising the $40 hourly cap currently put on training facilities.

Since 2009 insurance costs for insuring trucks and trailers at truck training facilities has risen 200%. This was an example of one of the many rising costs since the implementation of a $40.00 hourly cap on tuition by the MAESD for all Private Carrier Colleges in the Province of Ontario.

A recent report released by the TTSAO outlines clearly that the TTSAO Logo$40.00 hourly cap is outdated and needs to be addressed by the Province. There has not been an adjustment to the cap since 2009. In the TTSAO report other rising costs since 2009 include; a rise in the lease of equipment by 45%, instructor wages have risen on average by 15%, maintenance fees have increased by 20% just to name a few. Other increases include administration staff wages, annual auditing fees, rent and marketing. As a result of all these increases, the educational facilities are having a hard time staying afloat.

Mike Millian, PMTC President, spoke with MAESD officials and made it clear the $40.00 hourly cap must be raised.
“There has been no increase to this cap in 8 years which has simply not kept up with today’s truck training world. If schools can’t make enough money to cover their costs, they will be forced to cut costs in other areas to be able to stay in business.”

Guy Broderick, Driver Training Supervisor at APPS Transport Group and the Chairman of the TTSAO Carrier Group, commented to the MAESD “the transportation industry has seen many increases across the board for years. When you factor in the cost of fuel, insurance and wages for your staff and other capital expenses the $40.00 cap seems unreasonable for any kind of operation.”
With the introduction of Mandatory Entry Level Driver Training (MELT) the expenses to deliver the required standard has also increased. The recent TTSAO report outlines that it is impossible to deliver the mandatory training needed to obtain a Class AZ license with a $40.00 per hour cap.

The TTSAO has recently formed the TTSAO Insurance Group and elected a new Chairperson Lisa Arseneau from Staebler Insurance. Lisa attended the meeting on behalf of insurance members and echoed the thoughts of other TTSAO representatives “In an industry that is rife with financial increases, I find it hard to believe that a cap, such as this, remains unchanged. If the cap is not increased to reflect today’s economy, we run the risk of losing many of the best Private Career Colleges truck driver training schools due to underfunding and cost prohibition.”

MAESD committed to get the report in front of the Policy and Program Design Division and they are going to go through the analysis process. This could take time but the government needs to expedite the process. The $40.00 hourly cap requires immediate attention. If the $40.00 hourly cap is not dealt with in a timely manner trucking schools will be forced to train on outdated equipment, reduce Instructors wages, cut corners on maintenance among other things. “This could lead to more accidents and a reduction in Road Safety for all Road users” Millian added.

For more information, contact:
Charlie Charalambous – Director of Communications and Public Relations, TTSAO –

Lisa Arseneau – Commercial Producer – Staebler Insurance –

Mike Millian – President, Private Motor Truck Council of Canada –

Guy Broderick – Driver Training Supervisor at APPS Transport Group –


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MELT – The First 120 Days-Press Release


MELT – The First 120 Days

November 17, 2017 – Hamilton, ON: On December 12th from 10am – 12 noon at one of the TTSAO carrier group facilities a presentation will be made by Ministry Officials on the first 120 days of MELT. The Linamar Corporation, located at 700 Woodlawn Road West in Guelph, will be hosting this free event open to any interested industry stakeholders. Those already confirmed to be in attendance include private and for hire carriers, insurance, government, schools and other industry representatives.

Recently the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) hosted a round table ttsao logodiscussion with the TTSAO and Serco to review what has transpired since the implementation of MELT with a focus on Commercial Class A Road Tests. During that meeting the MTO and the TTSAO discussed plans to address the concerns raised about commercial class A testing and the delivery of the road test. The Ministry wanted to release specific details about the actions that have been taken to date and to identify additional recommendations that will improve commercial driver testing services. It is the goal of both parties to work together to address all issues that have been ongoing throughout the province at the drive test facilities.
Some of the recommendations the TTSAO brought forward included the possibility of drive test centers being available for testing on Saturdays, quicker turnaround times for those who failed their first test and designating a TTSAO school member’s location to conduct road tests specifically for its members only.

Charlie Charalambous, TTSAO Director of Communications and Public Relations, says, “The TTSAO is very pleased that the Ministry and Serco representatives took the time to host the roundtable discussion. Both parties shared their open and honest feedback on how things are going and I believe that we are looking at some positive changes for everyone involved. We are looking forward to continuing the conversations and sharing the information at our December 12th open General Meeting”.

The full membered schools of the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario are the largest user of Serco in the province of Ontario for commercial AZ licenses. The TTSAO’s membership represents the majority of truck training schools in the province. The association has relied on the TTSAO Carrier Group and other industry stakeholders to assist in offering direction and advice to improve road safety in the province.

Those who register will also learn about what the MTO has planned for future engagement with industry stakeholders moving forward. To register please contact or 416.623.5461.

For more information, contact:
Charlie Charalambous – Director of Communications and Public Relations, TTSAO –



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PMTC Announces New Chairman of YLG

For Immediate Release

Matt Richardson becomes YLG Chairman

Milton, ON: The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) is pleased to introduce Matt Richardson, Sales and Operations Manager of KRTS Transportation Specialists Inc. as the new Chairman of the PMTC Young Leaders Group (YLG). Richardson, who has been a director with the YLG since the re-launch in 2015, will take over the Chairman position from Michael Colwell, Transportation Superintendent at Praxair. Colwell has been the chairman of the YLG for the past 2 years, and will move into the Past Chairman’s position on the YLG executive.

Colwell commented “I would first like to congratulate Matt on his pmtc-young-leaders-logoappointment. Matt has been an integral part of our team since Day 1. Showing leadership, enthusiasm and innovative ideas throughout the re-launch of the YLG and all our initiatives since. I am very excited about the future of the YLG and what Matt can bring as its leader. I would also like to thank Mike Millian and the board of the PMTC for the exceptional opportunity to serve as leader of the YLG for the last 2 plus years. It has been a tremendous honor and I can’t thank everyone enough.

Thank you and please join me in congratulating Matt in his new role”
“I am very excited at the opportunity to help continue the growth that the PMTC YLG experienced over the past couple of years with Mike Colwell in the chairman’s position,” Richardson stated. “Along with Mike and myself, we have Marcus Mares of PeopleNet and Joanna Mendonca of Staebler on our executive who have been heavily involved with the success of the group since the re-launch in 2015. In addition to our current executive team, we look forward to adding 1 or 2 individuals from the general YLG membership as directors in the near future to help with the continued growth and success of the organization.”

PMTC President Mike Millian added, “on behalf of the PMTC Board of Directors, I want to congratulate Matt on his new role. I am very confident in the leadership team the YLG has put in place and in Matt’s ability to collaborate with his team and continue to build on the momentum of the PMTC Young Leaders Group. I look forward to working with Matt and his team to ensure the goals and needs of the YLG are met. I would also like to thank Mike Colwell for his effort since our relaunch in 2015. Mike was instrumental in getting us to this point. Mike will move to the Past Chairman’s role, so his advice and insight will not be lost. “

If you are interested in learning more about the PMTC YLG, or would like membership information contact Vanessa Cox or 905-827-8212

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TTSAO shows major presence at safety conference!

The Fleet Safety Council had their 26th annual conference last week and members of the Truck Training School Association were present to take advantage of the content and information coming in the industry. TTSAO was a proud sponsor of the conference. Below are some pictures of the day.

About the TTSAO

The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario is committed to providing the trucking industry with the highest quality driver training programs for entry-level individuals that earn and maintain public confidence, adhering to sound and ethical business practices.

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PMTC Announces YLG Trail Membership Offer

For Immediate Release

PMTC Announces YLG Trail Membership Offer

Milton, On: Today the PMTC is announcing a special offer to the young leaders, or future young leaders of the Transportation Industry. “The PMTC believes the Youth are the Future of our Industry, and an age group that we as an industry must do a better job of engaging.” Stated PMTC President Mike Millian.


“At the conclusion of our Annual Conference in June, the interest from young people outside of our current membership to get involved was very strong. The YLG Leadership group came to our Board and asked for this special trial membership to reduce the barrier to an introduction to the YLG. Our Board fully supported this at a recent Board meeting, and as such we are now announcing this special offer to the public.”

Membership in the PMTC Young Leaders Group is a bargain at only $110.00 per year. For this fee you will receive many benefits, including an invitation to PMTC Board Meeting and YLG Board Meetings. You will receive member only pricing for Educational Seminars, Networking events, YLG Events, and the soon to be announced YLG “Driven to Lead” Educational Program. You will be on our email distribution list to be notified of any and all upcoming educational and networking events.

Normally to be eligible to become a PMTC YLG Member, your parent company would be required to be a PMTC Principle or Associate Member. To encourage more Youth to become active in our Industry and our Association, we are waiving this requirement for a 1-year term. If you are 40 or under, and involved in the transportation Industry, you are eligible for a 1-year YLG Trial Membership, with out the requirement of your parent company being a member. Once the one-year term is up, your company would then be required to become a PMTC member for you to remain a YLG Member. This gives you one year to become involved, see the value of the PMTC YLG, and the PMTC, before your company having to commit to becoming a full PMTC member.

Contact Vanessa at the PMTC office for more details at, or by calling 905-827-0587. We believe you will see the value in joining our Young Leaders Group and taking advantage of this offer.



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TTSAO Appoints Additional Directors

The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario (TTSAO) is pleased to announce the appointment of three additional Board of Directors to the current roster.

Mike Millian– President, Private Motor Truck Council (PMTC)
Charlie Charalambous – Director of Client Services, Making Eligibility Easy (MEE)
Ed Popkie – President, 5th Wheel Training Institute

These individuals were appointed by the new Board of Directors, ttsao logowhom officially took their seats July 1st 2017. With the appointment of these industry veterans and leaders the TTSAO will continue to strive for excellence as they move forward as an association.

The next TTSAO general meeting will be held on September 12, 2017 at the ISB Canada – Making Eligibility Easy offices in Milton Ontario. The agenda includes a TTSAO carrier group meeting from 8:30-9:30am (carriers only) followed by a General Meeting from 10am-12pm.

For more information, contact:
Charlie Charalambous – Director of Public Relations, TTSAO –

Kim Richardson – President, TTSAO – KRTS office – 1-800-771-8171 x 201 or cell – 905-512-0254 or by email at



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Dispatcher, Haili Kimball tragically lost her Uncle Rich.

He drowned while trying help one of his exchange students who couldn’t swim at Bon Echo. Rich and Lori are loving parents of 5 children ranging from the ages of 16 to 20. So as one can only imagine the emotional toll this has taken on their family but also the financial one as well. Rich’s body has still not been recovered so they have not been able to issue a death certificate, causing his accounts to be frozen along with 3 of the oldest children’s OSAP loans.

Please see below is a link for a go fund me campaign if anyone would like to donate to help a great family through very troubling time.

Thanks in Advance

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TTSAO 2017 Election Results – June 14, 2017 – Hamilton, ON

For Immediate Release
The TTSAO Elections were held on June 01, 2017 at Marsh Canada Limited (120 Bremner Blvd., Toronto, ON) at 9:00am. Thank you to all members who stood for this year’s election – the interest shown for being on the TTSAO Board of Directors has never been greater. The 2017-2019 TTSAO Board of Directors takes effect on July 01,

Congratulations to the following candidates who will serve the 2017-2019 term:

President: Kim Richardson, Kim Richardson Transportation Specialist Inc.
Vice President: Yvette Lagrois, Ontario Truck Training Academy
Secretary: Jack Lochand, Alpine Truck Driver Training
Treasurer: Philip Fletcher, Commercial Heavy Equipment Training

Directors: Kenneth Adams, Crossroads Training Academy (Ottawa/Smiths Falls) Sean Essner, Modern Training Ontario
Jacquie Labute, Northstar Truck Driving School
Brian Pattison, Northern Academy of Transportation Training
Many thanks to the current TTSAO Board of Directors who have helped build the association to where it is today. Their hard work and dedication over the past few years have strengthened the TTSAO and their expertise was fundamental for the growth of the association.

Chairman of the Board, Kim Richardson, KRTS Transportation
June 2015-Apr. 30 2017
President: Yvette Lagrois, Ontario Truck Training Academy
Vice President: Robert Barclay, Crossroads Training Academy (Kingston/Belleville) Secretary: Jay Pootha, Jays Professional Truck Training Centre
Treasurer: Jim Campbell, Ontario Truck Driving School
Directors: Charlie Charalambous, ISB Canada – Director of Communication & Public Relations
Mike Millian, President of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada Geoff Topping, Challenger – Chairman of the TTSAO Carrier Group Rick Geller, Marsh Canada Limited
Dwight Nelson, Commercial Heavy Equipment Training
Kevin Pattison, Northern Academy of Transportation Training
Ed Popkie, 5th Wheel Training Institute

For more information, contact:

Kim Richardson – President, TTSAO – KRTS office – 1-800-771-8171 x 201 or cell – 905-512-0254 or by email at

Charlie Charalambous – Director of Public Relations,


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Gordon Foods Hosts March 2017 TTSAO Meeting

A big thank you to Gordon Foods Services for hosting the March 2017 TTSAO meeting. Attendees were shown an excellent time with gfs-logoa tour of the facility, food, refreshments, and  raffle prizes.

In addition the company also announced a special offer for Full Membered Schools in the TTSAO family. Look for more information in your minutes to follow.  Here are some pictures from the event.

Thank you Gordon Foods Services for a great meeting.  You can learn more about Gordon Foods Services at

About the TTSAO

The TTSAO envisions that through the co-operation and joint efforts of all schools involved and the industry itself, specific standards and educational programs can be set for drivers that will not only prove more realistic but much more effective than those currently being put into place by various government agencies.

“Striving For Success In Training”

For more information on the Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario please email or call 1-866-475-9436

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