A commercial carrier is the owner of one or more commercial vehicles used to transport goods or passengers.

There are more than 25,000 regulated commercial carriers registered in Alberta, operating more than 150,000 vehicles. Roughly 4,000 new carriers enter the commercial trucking industry in our province every year.

Carriers must obtain a Safety Fitness Certificate (SFC) before they can begin operations. Currently, Alberta issues temporary certificates valid for 60 days to allow new companies to operate while they prepare and submit documentation to fulfill the requirements.

To ensure new carriers have comprehensive knowledge of federal and provincial regulations before they begin operations, Alberta will:

  • eliminate the temporary certificate on January 1, 2019
  • mandate safety and compliance training and other changes on March 1, 2019

What’s changing

Starting January 1, 2019:

  • Temporary Safety Fitness Certificates will no longer be issued – all new carriers must provide compliance documentation upfront

Starting March 1, 2019:

  • Safety Fitness Certificates for all carriers, which previously had no expiry date, must be renewed every 3 years
  • New carriers must also:
    • take a mandatory safety compliance course and pass a knowledge test based on the course before starting operations
    • conduct a formal, third-party review of their compliance of federal and provincial safety regulations within one year of starting operations

Public engagement

We received feedback from more than 3,300 key stakeholders and members of the public on three initiatives to improve traffic safety in Alberta:

  • mandatory entry-level training for all commercial truck and bus drivers
  • pre-entry requirements for new commercial carriers
  • returning the road test program to a government-run model

The majority of participants supported enhanced pre-entry requirements for new commercial carriers.

Learn more about the engagement