Ontario is introducing mandatory entry-level training for commercial truckers as of July 1, 2017.
Provincial Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca says the training will ensure all new drivers have the skills to handle a big rig safely, and will eliminate unregistered trucking schools.
The training programs will last 4 to 6 weeks.
Fees will be set by the private career colleges approved to provide the service.
Word that Ontario will become the first province to introduce mandatory entry-level training for truckers follows a 12-vehicle pileup Friday on Highway 400 near Highway 401, which claimed four lives, and involved three transport trucks.