Motor Coach Canada Mission Statement

To provide a united voice at the national level for motor coach tour operators and bus operators and to create an environment that supports members' investment and growth.


Under the umbrella of Motor Coach Canada, tour companies and bus operators have joined to have a common national voice on issues of mutual concern. Governed by a Board of Directors comprised equally of bus and tour operators, MCC is the only national association representing the interests of motor coach tour operators and bus operators that supply scheduled, charter, transit, and tour services.

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Temporary Directive – Notice of Service Reduction Under the Public Vehicles Act

The Ministry of Transportation is taking important steps to provide flexibility to intercommunity bus service providers to expedite adjustments to their services in response to a shift in customer demand as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.  

While providing additional flexibility to service providers, Ontario is committed to ensuring that critical services like access to intercommunity transportation remains available across the province and that these measures do not support discontinuation of any service routes which people rely on.

MTO has adopted a temporary directive providing that Ministry personnel will not undertake enforcement action with respect to notification requirements for temporary changes to scheduled services as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. Therefore, despite the provisions of section 5 of the Public Vehicles Act and sections 6 (1) and 6.1 of Regulation 982 under the Act:

  • Carriers will not be obliged to provide 30-days advance notice of temporary service reductions set out by regulation.
  • Carriers will not be obliged to follow filed timetables when adherence is not possible, so long as the Ministry and the public is properly notified in a manner as described in the following paragraph.

To ensure that the Ministry can continue to monitor levels of service, we request that you provide notice to the Ministry of temporary service reductions as soon as feasible. The notice can be brief and comprise only the specific route number as well as the origin, interim stops, and final destination.

In addition, to ensure that Ontarians remain aware of any changes that may impact their travel plans, it will be imperative that carriers take all reasonable steps to notify customers of service changes by any and all means possible. This may include, but is not limited to, posting immediate notice on websites and ticketing platforms on which you post information about your services, posting on social media, as well as posting physical notices on sign posts, at stations, and in newspapers. You should also make all reasonable efforts to notify existing ticket holders of any changes to service that may impact their travel.

This temporary enforcement policy will remain in effect until direct notice is provided by the Ministry, the Ontario Motor Coach Association, and/or the Ontario Public Transit Association that this directive has been rescinded. The Ministry anticipates that the directive will remain in place for the foreseeable future until the current situation has abated.

Please note that this temporary enforcement policy does not extend to discontinuance or permanent reduction of service. Should you elect to permanently reduce or discontinue an existing service, you must provide notice to the Minister of Transportation and the public as required under the sections listed above.

MTO will continue to monitor the situation closely as it develops over the coming weeks and months. Further communication regarding this matter or other changes to your responsibilities under the Public Vehicles Act will be issued at the appropriate time.

Should you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Clarke, Manager, Passenger Transportation Office at Cheryl.Clarke@ontario.ca

Temporary Directive – Public Vehicles Act, March 19, 2020

Government Announces Border Closures

Canada, U.S. border temporarily closing to non-essential traffic to slow COVID-19

Canada and the United States have agreed to restrict non-essential travel across the border as both countries try to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus — but they insist key supplies will still flow between the two nations.

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Government Announces Financial Support for Businesses and Employees Affected by COVID-19

The Canadian Government has announced measures to support Canadian families and businesses during this difficult time.  Below is a short summary of the announcement as well as some resources currently available to business. MCC will continue to monitor announcements from the federal government and will provide information on additional resources as they become available. 

As of March 18, 2020: What is federal government doing?

Emergency Care Benefit

Canadians will be entitled to 14 weeks (at comparable amount as EI) for those who are ill, placed in quarantine or have to self isolate, and for those who have to take care of a family member with COVID and don’t qualify for EI

Emergency Support Benefit – EI support for those who are self employed, those not eligible for EI

Temporary Wage Subsidy – Employers of small business may receive temporary salary help equal to 10% of an employees’ salary for a period of three months to keep staff on payroll

$55 Billion to Meet Liquidity needs through Tax Deferrals

Flexible arrangements for businesses trying to meet payment obligations to the Canada Revenue Agency.

Other measures are being implemented for Canadian citizens including; Personal Tax 2020 Declaration – If taxes are owed, payment is deferred until August 2020 as well as additional measures for Parents with Young Children, Lower Income Canadians, Student Loans, Homelessness, Domestic or Gender-based Violence, and a First Nation Communities Support Fund

MCC will continue to monitor the evolving situation and provide updates accordingly.

COVID-19 Resources for Business

We encourage members to explore three valuable resources at this time, including the Trade Commissioners webpage as well as the Canadian Federation of Independent Business is currently offering free resources (even to non-members).  The CFIB webpage includes answers and links to popular frequently asked questions.

Trade Commissioner

Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Business Development Bank of Canada

2020 Ontario Transportation Expo Cancelled

Dear OTE registrants,

We appreciate the patience of all exhibitors and delegates registered for OTE as the organizing partners assessed the effects of COVID-19 and made important and difficult decisions about how to proceed with the 2020 Ontario Transportation Expo.

The decision has been made to cancel the 2020 OTE trade show and conference in an effort to keep our members and delegates safe and healthy and to do our part in stopping the spread of this disease.

We will be processing full refunds for registration fees over the next few weeks. We hope everyone is taking their own precautions to keep themselves and their families healthy during this difficult time.

We hope that we can all meet again at the 2021 OTE event in perfect health and with the novel coronavirus a seemingly distant memory.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us:

info@ote.ca
416-229-6622

NOTICE TO MCC MEMBERS: Dealing with the Impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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January 15, 2020 - Changes to medical reciprocity between Canada and U.S. for CDL holders

Please be advised that Motor Coach Canada (MCC) has just been informed of changes to the status of medical limitation for CDL holders.

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Registration is open for the Ontario Transportation Expo

Register now for OTE happening April 19-22, 2020! Come and see what is new in the field of bus transportation at the nation’s largest parts & services trade show on April 19th and stay in the know with updates and discussions during 3 days of education sessions.

Visit the OTE site online, or contact info@ote.ca or 416-229-6622 for more information.

Privacy Policy Has Been Updated

We have updated our privacy policy to include our use of third party ad networks.

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Seat Belts in Motor Coaches - Fact Sheet (Nov. 2018)

There has recently been a lot interest in motor coach safety and seat belts on motor coaches. These concerns are understandable considering some of the media reporting on this issue, however, is important to keep the issue of belts in perspective and understand all the facts.

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Rainbow Bridge Construction Sep. 5 – Nov. 2

The Rainbow Bridge construction will impact the traffic lanes reducing them from 4 lanes down to 2 (one lane in each direction). This will invariably lead to delays, due to the footprint and short span of the Rainbow Bridge; we only have parking for 4 buses who may be awaiting processing. Operators are encouraged to use other Niagara Bridges (Queenston and Peace Bridges), check www.borderplanner.com and if crossing at Rainbow Bridge, stagger arrival times and check border wait times via www.niagarafallsbridges.com.

Marijuana Legalization and International Travel

On October 17th, 2018 the Canadian federal government legalizes cannabis in Canada. While employers continue to ramp up drug and alcohol policies for managing personnel, there remains growing concern from the group travel industry regarding the customers knowledge and awareness of cannabis regulations, particularly when crossing the Canada-US border.

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December 18, 2017- ELDs are now mandatory in the U.S., effective today

ELDs Now Mandatory in the U.S.

For all operators, please be advised that Electronic Logs are now mandatory in the U.S., effective yesterday, December 18, 2017.


March 24, 2017 - Toronto school board bans U.S. trips

February 23, 2017 - The MCC office has moved!

Effective immediately, the MCC office is now located at the following address:

320 North Queen Street
Suite 210
Toronto, ON M9C 5K4
CANADA

Please be sure to update all your records accordingly. All phone numbers, extensions and email addresses will remain the same.


January 1, 2017 - Changes to log book sales, online only

New this year, we are introducing a new process for ordering your log books. In an effort to streamline our services to you, all orders for MCC publications will now be done online. Please note that we can no longer accommodate walk-in orders at the OMCA office.

With this change, we are also introducing member codes for bulk discounts, which will replace the current member discounts. For more information, please contact us directly.

To make this transition as smooth as possible, we welcome you to email us at info@motorcoachcanada.com or call us at 416-229-6622. If you have any questions or concerns, or require any assistance ordering through the new system.

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The Road Explorer
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2020 Canadian Tour
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MCC has implemented policies and practices in order to fully comply with the principles as set out in Part I of the Personal Information Protection & Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) effective January 1, 2004. To view MCC's Privacy Policy Click Here.