Monthly Archives: January 2019


In a recent CBC Article, it was suggested that the chronic semi-truck driver shortage in Ontario could be solved through immigration. This may make sense to ease the labour challenge, but are there any plans to ensure these “new Canadian” drivers are trained to be Canadian road ready.

There has been an outcry from the public to have mandatory training in place for all Class 1 Canadian licenses based on the Humbolt tragedy last year. Unfortunately, the driver responsible had only minimal training before he was allowed to get behind the wheel.

Jim Campbell, president of First Class Training Centre is also concerned about the lack of a national strategy to train driver’s properly. He states; “I can’t emphasize enough the importance of detailed training for Class 1 license applications. We have a responsibility to the public to get this right.”

 The Manitoba Trucking Association recognizes the labour shortage as well. Terry Shaw, the Executive Director adds; “The Province of Manitoba’s most recent Labour Market Information report forecasts that over the next 7 years provincially we need to hire, train and retain over 3,000 truck drivers.  Of 500 specifically listed occupations in Manitoba, truck driver is the 5th most in demand putting it in the top 1% of forecasted net job openings.  This is a common situation across North America.  Because of this, industry and government both are looking at a range of tools to meet this need; immigration being one of those tools.”

Before another tragedy occurs, let’s get a national strategy in place for the training of professional Class 1 drivers. We urge you to contact your local member of parliament to voice your concerns.

First Class Training Centre is the most respected provider of Class 1 education in Manitoba.  First Class has offices in Winnipeg and Brandon and offers the highest standard of Class 1 and Class 3 education in the province.


Could Better Training For Truck Driver in Bronco’s Crash Made a Difference?

The Driver of the Semi-Truck that caused the Humboldt Broncos tragedy has pled guilty to 14 counts of dangerous driving causing death. Could better training have prevented this tragedy?

We all know that we are not perfect.  Humans make mistakes. It is also a fact that the better trained someone is to perform a task, the less likely they are to succumb to sub-standard performance.

The semi truck driver was not influenced by alcohol or distracted by a cell phone.  The stop sign was clearly marked with a flashing light on top, and signage was posted 400 metres before the intersection.

There’s a reason why airline pilots have to go through hundreds of hours of accreditation in order to earn their license. It trains them to be prepared for most eventualities that will happen.   Training gives them a heightened sense of anticipation of potential challenges.  Unfortunately, Class 1 licensing across many jurisdictions in Canada does not include mandatory training. This leaves many drivers on the road with just a few hours of actual experience.  Can you imagine if the pilot on your next flight had less than 20 hours of training before he or she took off?

It’s time now for the federal government to legislate mandatory training for Class 1 licensing.

First Class Training Centre believes that there is a societal responsibility to train professional driver properly.  That’s why our class 1 training course in the most extensive in the province.  We want our students to be the best equipped to handle any and all driving situations.

First Class believes that being a professional driver means being trained professionally. If you are serious about being road ready when you graduate to your Class 1 license, First Class Driver Training is the best choice to make.  Whether you live in Winnipeg, Brandon, or any part of Manitoba, take your professional driving career seriously.