I’ve worked in the office at Canada Cartage for a few years now but recently decided to take our truck driver orientation/training program to gain some more insight into Canada Cartage and our various safety procedures and requirements.

Monday morning, I showed up at 6:30 a.m., pen and paper in hand, wearing my safety boots, eager to start the orientation training to cover some basics that all our drivers need to go through when operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).

After brief introductions, we got started and for three days straight, we listened intently, learned, and tested our knowledge with regular quizzes. The training was extensive, informative, and exhausting. Luckily, we had knowledgeable and engaging trainers that kept it interesting. Our training included:

•Hours of Service (HOS) Regulations and Driver Daily Log
•Carrier Profile System (CVOR)
•Accident/Injury Reporting, Accident Review Committee
•Slips, Trips and Falls & 3 point contact
•Safe Lifting and Carrying
•Site Orientation (Truck & Trailer Yard, Garage, Central Dispatch)
•Decision Driving
•Transportation of Dangerous Goods
•Workplace Hazardous Material Information System (WHMIS)
•Pre-Trip Inspection Requirements in classroom and practical
•Wheel Re-torque Policy
•Safe Lift Gate
•Manual Pump Truck Operation

At the end of each long day, I sat there wondering how difficult it would be to know and practice this stuff every single day. Working through the HOS and daily driver log on the first morning was enough to make my head spin. But, the drivers took it all in stride. Truck drivers work hard – very hard. They assume risk and liability every time they get behind the wheel. They need to track their hours to ensure they are compliant with HOS regulations and ensure their trucks and trailers are properly inspected, even when it’s -40°C outside. If not, they can be fined – or worse.

I would argue that truck drivers are some of the best drivers on the road. Imagine driving a vehicle that weighs up to 140,000 lbs! Transports have several blind spots, can take up to two football fields to come to a complete stop, and can roll fairly easily if the content of the trailer shifts. Throw in some bad weather and impatient car drivers, and it only gets harder.

Good truck drivers need to be patient, think quickly, drive defensively, ensure their paperwork is in order, prepare and inspect their CMV, understand the company’s and customer’s requirements, work safely, secure their load, understand WHMIS, and the regulations for transporting dangerous goods, just to name a few…

I have a new-found appreciation and respect for truck drivers and I only went through a small portion of their training. Their job isn’t easy. Yet, I met a couple of Canada Cartage drivers recently with over 30 years of experience who had permanent smiles on their face. You could tell they loved their job and were very proud…and they should be.

I hope that the next time you see a truck driver on the road, you will be patient, give them their space, and thank them for their hard work and expertise that helps keep our roads safe. I know I will.

Published by Canadian Shipper, September 7, 2016 —

Toronto, Ont.–Direct Distribution Centres (DDC), the warehousing division of Canada Cartage, says it has enhanced its ability to handle Natural Health Product and Over the Counter Drug Product fulfillment and value-added services.

The DDC facilities in Toronto, Ontario, Calgary, Alberta, and Vancouver, British Columbia all operate under a Natural Health Canada Site license which allows the company to store, pick, and ship Natural Health Products. DDC has received Health Canada approval to add two new licenses to their operation:

1.  A Natural Health Product Site License for labelling which allows the company to provide secondary packaging of “kitting” services that require labelling activities such as lot code labels, expiry dates, etc.

2.  A Drug Establishment License for packaging and labelling of over-the-counter drug products. This activity is similar to the secondary packaging as outlined above, but is specific to drug products.

Truck cargo theft is on the rise.  Estimates put the value of stolen cargo on trucks in Canada at over 14 million dollars every single day!

Canada Cartage customers are no exception. However, thanks to some exceptional team work, combined with our technology systems, we were able to reduce the loss to one of our customers.

In the fall, one of our drivers in Mississauga arrived at our customer’s DC for his regular run but when he pulled up to the assigned parking spot where the reefer trailer should have been waiting, the trailer was nowhere to be found.

A search of the yard turned up nothing, and to make matters worse, the customer’s video security system was malfunctioning and of no help.

The missing reefer trailer was fully-loaded with over $250,000 worth of food products.

Fortunately, Canada Cartage had installed ‘real-time’ trailer tracking and reefer monitoring hardware on the fleet of trailers. Upon receiving the report of the missing trailer, our Dispatch, Safety and Compliance, and Information Technology team started investigating.

After contacting the police, we were able to trace the exact location of the stolen goods with pin-point accuracy.  We identified the route that the trailer had taken after leaving the DC, and the exact location that it was parked.  The police dispatched unmarked cruisers to the location, and two thieves were arrested on the spot.

Besides capturing the thieves and recovering the stolen trailer and food products, our technology also helped our customer to minimize any losses.  Our reefer monitoring technology indicates if the temperature inside the trailer has been maintained at the proper level.  If a door has been left open, or if the reefer engine has been turned off or run out of fuel, our dispatch team is immediately alerted of the issue.   In this situation, our technology was able to demonstrate to our customer that their food safety was not compromised during the theft, and that the proper temperatures had been maintained.

With this proof in hand, the customer was able to release the cargo for distribution and sale, saving them a quarter of a million dollars in goods!

For more information, contact Canada Cartage.

Summer is here and with heat warnings in effect and humidex values reaching close to 40, the high temperatures could carry a real danger for drivers. Studies reveal that even mild dehydration can be the equivalent of being over the drunk-driving limit causing driver errors such as lane drifting, late braking, or crossing the rumble strip or lane line. Mild to moderate dehydration can cause headaches, tiredness, dizziness, and lethargy while severe dehydration can cause irritability, confusion, rapid heartbeat or even delirium or unconsciousness.

While it is extremely important to increase your fluid intake if you are working outdoors, especially when tarping and strapping, water loss from the skin and lungs can also occur during a long drive due to exposure to air conditioning.

Stay hydrated throughout the year, but especially during the warmer summer months.

Here are 4 tips for staying hydrated:

  1. Drink half your body weight in ounces every day (i.e. if you weigh 200 lbs., try to drink 100 ounces).
  2. Avoid drinks with caffeine.
  3. Eat foods high in water, such as fruits and vegetables.
  4. Don’t avoid drinking to minimize bathroom stops.

Staying hydrated will keep you healthy and give you more energy to concentrate on the tasks at hand. Remember, if you ever feel drowsy, dizzy, or confused, pull over, get hydrated and don’t drive until you can do so safely.

For more information, contact Canada Cartage.

This infographic has the information you need before you head out on the road – as well as some other interesting facts about Canada’s transportation industry.

Canadian Shipping & Trucking Regulations Infographic

Published by Ontario Trucking Association, June 28, 2016 —


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Published by Trucking HR, June 21, 2016 —

TORONTO, ON — Trucking HR Canada has announced that Canada Cartage has been selected as one of the country’s Top Fleet Employers. The award honours the best workplaces in Canada’s trucking industry.

Fleets of every size were rated on topics including employee recognition, compensation, lifestyle, employee engagement, wellness, professional development, recruitment and retention. The award was evaluated based on a comprehensive application process, driver and staff surveys, and follow-up interviews.

“These fleets demonstrate a commitment to effective human resources approaches, and all have best practices to share” says Angela Splinter, chief executive officer of Trucking HR Canada. “They are leading by example, and we commend them for their leadership in demonstrating that the trucking industry offers great places to work”.

Jeff Lindsay, President and CEO of Canada Cartage, commented that “we are pleased and proud to receive the Top Fleet Employer award. This recognition supports our continued commitment to build and maintain the best work environment we possibly can.”

Brad Gehring, Vice President, Human Resources added that, “this accomplishment would not be possible without a strong HR and Operations team across the country, implementing industry best practices, and listening to our employees input and feedback. We want to continue to work towards being the best employer we can be, and ensure that we are a leader in the industry.”

The Top Fleet Employers’ selection criteria reflects Canadian human resources issues, trends and working environments, and has been validated by a panel of trucking industry experts and a Certified Human Resource Leader (CHRL). It also echoes Trucking HR Canada’s standards of excellence and considers every position in a fleet.

Continue reading at truckinghr.com.

Published by Truck News, June 21, 2016 —

TORONTO, ON — Noting that more homeless people die from dehydration in the summer months than freeze to death in the winter, Canada Cartage is once again taking steps to deliver drinking water to those who need it.

Canada Cartage and its employees Paul Hanson, Adam Mathour, Parm Dandiwal, Armand Mazerolle, Parmjit Dhillon, and Maninder Singh are working together to deliver four trailers of water from Nestle in Guelph to the Bargains Group in Toronto in support of Project Water.

The bottled water will be delivered to Toronto-area homeless through more than 150 social service agencies and homeless shelters. A total of 300,000 water bottles and 3,000 summer survival kits will be delivered.

“Water is the essence of all life and is an invaluable resource to those most vulnerable all year round,” said Jody Steinhauer, founder of Project Water. “We are extremely grateful to Canada Cartage and all of our partners in leading the charge to help save the lives of those living on our streets and in shelters.”

Since its inception in 2000, Project Water has delivered more than two million bottles of water to those most in need.

Continue reading at trucknews.com.

After years of study, the Canadian and U.S. governments are ready to make Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) mandatory for truck and bus drivers. Drivers will be required to track their hours of driving on electronic devices, rather than the mandatory paper logs that have been in use since the 1930s. The regulations would cover cross-border and interprovincial travel and should be in place in Canada when similar rules in the U.S. come into force in late 2017, Transport Canada says.

The goal of the move to modern technology is to track drivers’ hours on the road and rest periods to better monitor compliance with hours-of-service regulations.   Truck drivers can be behind the wheel for up to 13 hours in a day, but must be off-duty for 10 hours, eight of which need to be consecutive. The devices, which cost an average of a couple of thousand dollars depending on type of unit, track hours on the road and rest periods. The electronic units will make it easier for trucking companies, police and transportation enforcement officials to check on adherence to the laws.

Most large- and medium-size companies already have plans in place to make the move to ELDs.

However, legal experts are alerting fleet operators that the ELDs may create a new challenge – data management and storage.  Speaking at the recent Private Motor Truck Council of Canada conference in Toronto, Heather Devine of law firm Isaacs & Co., explained that ELDs will make it easier for plaintiff attorneys to look for non-compliance by carriers when litigating lawsuits for accidents.

ELDs will be transmitting significant amounts of data.  This data will need to be recorded and archived in such a way that it can be retrieved by plaintiff attorneys, much the same way that emails and company documents are requested in lawsuits.  Having poor data archiving will make this task extremely onerous, and runs the risk of demonstrating non-compliance with regulations simply through poor record-keeping.  Lawyers may also check the ELD data against other truck data such as engine telematics readings to look for inconsistencies.

If you’re a private fleet operator and concerned about the implications of the coming ELD program, contact us at [email protected].