OMCA Report
May. 8, 2015

Update your Member Profile for the Resource Guide, Online Directory
We kindly ask that all members log on to My Association to update your company profiles — this information is available to all OMCA members and we want to ensure that all information is current. We will be sending out periodic reminders to make your updates. If you require your ID and password, please email us at

Updated PMVI Technician Guidebook for Commercial Vehicles now available through OMCA
OMCA is now accepting orders for the updated PMVI Technician Guidebook for immediate shipping. The new guidebook is an essential tool for ensuring MVIS stations and technicians conduct annual and semi-annual inspections in full compliance with HTA Regulation 611 and the latest National Safety Code Standard 11B, Version 2014. The 184-page book is colour illustrated and provides a comprehensive explanation of the national standard which Ontario has adopted. It provides a detailed description of the components/systems that must be inspected, the inspection method/procedure, and what constitutes a "pass" or "reject" condition. And the best news of all, we've reduced the price of the book from $29.95 to just $19.95 for OMCA and MCC members. Every technician conducting MVIS inspections and signing safeties should have this book in their toolkit!

To order go to and click on Products and Services.More

Swing into action: Registration now open for the 45th Annual OMCA Golf Tournament
Meet us on the green at Legends on the Niagara on Tuesday, August 18 for the annual OMCA Golf Tournament!

Click here to register as a golfer, group, or to sign up as a sponsor. For more details, visit our event page on our website. We hope to see you all there — space is limited, so get your registration in today!More

Upcoming Toronto road closures and traffic updates
As Toronto enters into the spring season, the city continues to prepare for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, in addition to marathons and other events that will take place. The links below provide more information on traffic disruptions, current and pending road closures and route changes. Please check back frequently for updates:

City of Toronto: Expressway and Major Road Closures (updated frequently)

Upcoming Toronto Marathons

2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games Road Closures

2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games: transit, driving and traffic routes

Update, delay on St. Jacobs Farmers Market Opening
Following the fire in September 2013, St. Jacobs has been rebuilding its Farmers Market. Unexpected construction delays have set the timeline back, so the opening of Tuesday market day will be delayed by one week. The first Tuesday market will commence June 16, 2015. The market continues to operate on Thursdays and Saturdays; some vendors are expected to begin occupying the new market building by mid-June. More

New ideas for TTC buses could change how we commute
The Globe and Mail
The Xoupir (the X is pronounced like an S) is a futuristic four-wheel drive city bus powered by wireless electricity and designed with today's users in mind. It features smartglass tinted windows, free WiMAX ultra-high speed internet access, and you don't need to buy a ticket or a pass to get onboard. More

ONTC now in the hands of northern Ontarians
The future of the ONTC is now in the hands of a handful of knowledgable and experience northern Ontarians. That news came as Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle officially introduced the new members of the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission. More

OMCA responds to AMP system proposal
OMCA has expressed concern on behalf of coach operators regarding the proposal of an online Administrative Monetary Penalty system. OMCA President Doug Switzer recently addressed the POA-AMP Consultation at the Ministry of the Attorney General citing the concerns of the motor coach industry. More

Government report reveals big gaps in road maintenance
Today's Trucking
If you're one of those people thinking that it takes Ontario's snow-clearing crews twice as long to clean things up after a storm than it used to, you'll be happy to know you're right. It does. Sometimes even longer. More

Ontario elementary teachers prepare strike action
The Globe and Mail
Hundreds of thousands of Ontario elementary public-school students will be the next casualties of labour strife radiating across the province, as the union representing grade-school teachers prepares to take strike action. There are 817,000 elementary pupils in the public system. Already 72,000 high-school students are not in the classroom because their teachers are on strike — and soon, about 900,000 students will be caught up in the turmoil in the province's education system.More

Ambassador Bridge owners announce large toll increase
Windsor Star
Windsor's commuters, trucking companies and manufacturers now need to dig deeper into their pockets to cross the border as the Ambassador Bridge substantially hiked its toll rates recently for both passenger and commercial vehicles. The new Canadian toll rate on the bridge for passenger vehicles jumped from $5 to $6.25 — a 25 per cent increase. The U.S. dollar rate will remain at $5. More

Pan Am Games boss David Peterson says preparations 'in wonderful shape'
Toronto Star
Preparing for the Pan Am Games has had its "ups and downs." So says Pan Am Games chair and pitch man David Peterson, who has had to contend with firing former CEO Ian Troop, putting out fires associated with senior officials spending money inappropriately, and going cap in hand to the province for $74 million, bringing the operations budget to $760 million. More

RCCAO: Let's take the politics out of transit planning
Daily Commercial News
Last year, the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario commissioned a four-part video series that has had an impact on conversations around the GTA, focusing on the need to minimize political interference in transit planning. Once a viable plan has been arrived at through evidence-based decision-making, however, the videos emphasize the need to maximize political support for the approved plans. More

Ministry's notes on winter road maintenance different than Auditor General's report
Toronto Sun
Steven Del Duca received messages from Transportation Ministry staff in June 2014 that were in stark contrast, or in some cases contradict, damning findings released by Ontario's Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk, the Toronto Sun has learned. "Ontario has among the safest roads in North America," reads the first line of the notes meant to brief Del Duca when he became transportation minister.More

Transit infrastructure is essential to the health of cities and the entire economy
Canada Newswire
The Canadian Institute recently released an updated agenda for its ground-breaking conference, Delivering Urban Transit Infrastructure. Top transit experts will discuss the future of urban transit planning, finance, construction, and management at this first-ever urban transit infrastructure event. More

Poll: Ontarians will take transit over beer
Toronto Sun
Ontarians like the idea of spending on infrastructure — even more than beer in grocery stores. That's the finding of a Forum Research poll that asked Ontarians what they thought of the Ontario Liberal government's new budget. More

Heritage Toronto's 21st season of guided tours up and running
Heritage Toronto's 21st season of guided tours is slated to run through to Sunday, Oct. 4. From groups wanting to bike the city together to singles looking for date ideas, to tourists and locals wanting to experience Toronto's diverse neighbourhoods, Heritage Toronto's tours are invaluable for anyone interested in exploring the unique history of Canada's largest city. More