Chapter 3 (k:4) : Transport Services:  Road

Section

Improvements Implemented Since Last IAP

Current Entry Requirements

Further Improvements Planned

 

Operational Requirements

 

 

 

 

 

The regulation of motor carriers is covered under relevant provincial and territorial legislation.  More information is available from the document entitled “Land Transportation Services”.

 

Freight transportation by motor carrier is free of economic regulation.

 

 

 

Licensing and Qualification Requirements of Service Providers

 

 

 

 

Freight transportation by motor carrier is free of economic regulation.  Varying degrees of economic regulation are maintained in most provinces over scheduled and charter intercity bus service and federal legislation allows these rules to apply to carriers in federal jurisdiction. Provincial or municipal authorities also have rules governing licenses for taxi services. More information is available from the document entitled “Land Transportation Services”.

 

 

 

Foreign Entry

 

 

 

 

Specific commitments in this area, including some limitations on market access and on national treatment by certain provinces, are set out in Canada's GATS Schedule.  GATS commitments cover trucking services, rental of commercial vehicles with operators and maintenance and repair of road transport equipment. Limitations on market access include: provincial public convenience and needs tests; the Quebec requirement for a commercial presence in the region where the trucking permit applies; and cabotage, under which only Canadian-built or duty-paid trucks or buses may be used in the provision of truck or bus services between points in the territory of Canada.

 

GATS commitments cover scheduled inter-urban bus services, non-scheduled bus services, chartered and sightseeing bus services, taxis, and rental services of cars with drivers. Limitations for bus services include provincial public convenience and needs tests and cabotage, under which only Canadian incorporated companies employing permanent residents as drivers and using Canadian-built or duty paid buses may provide bus services between points in Canada. For taxis and car rental services with drivers, the limitation covers provincial and municipal licensing requirements.

 

 

 

Discriminatory Treatment/

MFN

 

 

 

No restrictions beyond those covered in the category “Foreign Entry”.