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Bulk trucking

​The bulk trucking industry is divided into different sectors: bulk trucking linked to the agriculture industry, the forest transportation and bulk trucking of aggregates and materials linked to the areas of construction and snow and salt.

This section deals with these various bulk trucking sectors. More information is also available by consulting the Info Camionnage newsletters, which aim to explain regulatory and technical amendments in plain terms.

Preferential hiring clauses for Ministère sites

The Act respecting the Ministère des Transports provides that the Minister may, in contracts to which he is a party, stipulate that small bulk trucking enterprises that subscribe to the brokerage service of an association holding a brokerage permit issued under the Transport Act shall participate in the performance of the contract to the extent and on the conditions he determines, particularly with respect to the tariff applicable.

Therefore, the Ministère’s Cahier des charges et devis généraux – Infrastructures routières – Construction et réparation sets out the conditions applicable to these stipulations.

Sharing of transport reserved to subscribers between two brokerage permit holders in a same zone

In accordance with article 7.7.1.2.1 of the Ministère’s Cahier des charges et devis généraux – Infrastructures routières – Construction et réparation, when two brokerage permit holders operate in the zone where the work is performed, transport must be distributed between the two. The distribution is established based on the number of subscribers of each permit holder.

The following tables show the daily truck allocation for each zone where there are two brokerage permit holders.

Number of subscribers to brokerage services in the Argenteuil zone
StationNumber of subscribers per brokerDifferenceShare
Bulk trucking station Region 0615250.0%
Argenteuil Inc. bulk trucking substation176.3%50.0%
Number of subscribers to brokerage services in the Baie-James zone
StationNumber of subscribers per brokerDifferenceShare
Matagami-Quévillon bulk trucking substation5266.7%
Chibougamau-Chapais bulk trucking substation325%33.3%
Number of subscribers to brokerage services in the Outaouais zone
StationNumber of subscribers per brokerDifferenceShare
Bulk Outaouais44450,0%
Association des transporteurs en vrac de l'Outaouais484,3%50,0%
Number of subscribers to brokerage services in the Richelieu zone
StationNumber of subscribers per brokerDifferenceShare
Bulk trucking station Region 06 Inc.261150,0%
Bulk Richelieu3717,5%50,0%
Number of subscribers to brokerage services in the Rouville zone
StationDifferenceNumber of subscribers per brokerSharing
Bulk-Rouville24450,0%
Les transporteurs en vrac de Rouville Inc.209,1%50,0%
Number of subscribers to brokerage services in the Saint-Hyacinthe zone
StationNumber of subscribers per brokerDifferenceSharing
Bulk trucking station Region 06 Inc.601150,0%
Bulk-Montérégie4910,1%50,0%
Number of subscribers to brokerage services in the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu zone
StationNumber of subscribers per brokerDifferenceSharing
Bulk-South592366.7%
Saint-Jean Inc. substation bulk trucking3624.2%33.3%

Report on transport tariffs and fuel adjustment

In accordance with the provisions of the Act respecting the Ministère des Transports, the Minister may set the tariffs applicable to bulk trucking in certain contracts granted by the Ministère. Therefore, since the Regulation respecting bulk trucking was abolished on January 1, 2000, the Ministère publishes three tariff reports for its bulk trucking needs. These documents are not translated. Refer to the French page to view them.

Bulk trucking tariff adjustment mechanism based on the price of fuel

To limit the impacts of the price of fuel on the profitability of bulk trucking companies, an adjustment mechanism has been put in place by the Ministère in its different bulk trucking transport tariff reports. The Ministère will therefore publish an adjustment percentage applicable to the different bulk trucking tariffs already found in reports for the current year at the start of each month.

The adjustment percentage published must be added to or subtracted from the tariffs in force. Percentages apply to both hourly-paid hauls and to those paid per tonne-kilometre.

The adjustment amount is determined based on the average price of fuel in the previous month.

Adjustment for 2017-2018

Note: data layout in the table has been modified

Adjustment applicable to rates included in the Bulk trucking tariff report
Month 2017 reference price
$0.861 + 10% ($0.947)
$0.861 - 10% ($0.775)
Average price
of fuel
in previous month
DifferenceAdjustment
May 2017$0.861$0.9338.33%0%(1)

(1) When the difference between the average price of fuel for the previous month and the reference price is 10% or less, no adjustment applies.

* Note that on the January 2017 line, a miscalculation gave an average price of $0.962 for December 2016, which has been corrected.

Note: data layout in the table has been modified

Adjustment applicable to tariffs included in the
Salt and calcium tariff report and the
Snow and ice tariff report
Month2017-2018 reference price
$0.980 + 10% ($1.078)
$0.980 - 10% ($0.882)
Average price
of fuel
in previous month
Difference Adjustment
May 2017 $0.980 $0.933 -4.82% 0%(1)

(1) When the difference between the average price of fuel for the previous month and the reference price is 10% or less, no adjustment applies.

* Note that on the January 2017 line, a miscalculation gave an average price of $0.962 for December 2016, which implied a 3.01% adjustment in January 2017. The average price for December 2016 and adjustment for January 2017 have been corrected.

Bulk Trucking Register

The Commission des transports du Québec is responsible of the Bulk Trucking Register. Registration to the Bulk Trucking Register allows the holder, through the brokerage permit holder, to benefit from a preferential hiring clause with the Ministère and other public bodies having implemented such a provision. The register is not translated. Refer to the French page to view it.

Vehicle Load and Size Limits Regulation

For further information on the principal vehicle load and size limits regulations applicable to road vehicles and to combinations of road vehicles, please visit Loads and Sizes.

Transport of aggregates, snow and salt

It is no longer necessary to be a permit holder for bulk transportation for remuneration.

However, the Transport Act and the Regulation respecting the brokerage of bulk trucking services define the rules for the bulk trucking brokerage industry in public contracts. This is the only economic framework governing this industry.

Regulation respecting the brokerage of bulk trucking services

The Regulation respecting the brokerage of bulk trucking services applies to the brokerage of bulk trucking services in public contracts for the transport of sand, earth, gravel, stone, concrete other than in a concrete mixer truck, bituminous concrete including planed asphalt and recyclable and non-recyclable asphalt, materials resulting from road demolition, snow, ice and salt intended for road maintenance.

Under this regulation, only the brokerage permit holders for bulk trucking services delivered by the Commission des transports du Québec can perform bulk trucking operations in public contracts for the benefit of carriers registered in the Bulk Trucking Register. The terms and conditions for obtaining this permit are set out in the Regulation respecting the brokerage of bulk trucking services.

By brokerage, we mean “acting as an intermediary in the organization of bulk trucking activities of materials covered by the Regulation.”

By public contract, we mean “any contract between a public authority and a private contractor to carry out work or provide services.”

No permit is required for brokerage in markets other than public. However, any person performing brokerage in the transport of goods or people must appear on the list of transport intermediaries of the Commission des transports du Québec.

Forest transportation

The transport by truck of timber that has undergone no operation other than crosscutting, limbing and barking (logs, timber lengths) has been deregulated in 2000.

Forest transport contracts must include the minimum stipulations and be written by filing out a form similar the model shown in Schedule A of the Regulation respecting forest transport contracts. The contract must be signed by the shipper and the carrier​

Regulation respecting forest transport contracts

The Regulation respecting forest transport contracts sets out the stipulations applicable to any contract for the transport of timber from forests in the domain of the State.

The stipulations of the forest transport contract shall be those appearing in the model referred to in Schedule A and constitute the minimum stipulations that must be contained in any forest transport contract. The forest transport contract must be written by filling out a form similar to the model referred to in Schedule A and must be signed by the shipper and carrier.

Transport linked to the agriculture industry

Since January 1, 2000, it is no longer necessary to be a permit holder to transport bulk materials linked to the agriculture industry (grain, seeds, lime, etc.) for remuneration. Therefore, any person wanting to offer bulk trucking services, with or without remuneration, must simply comply with the requirements of the Act respecting owners, operators and drivers of heavy vehicles , which applies to road transport of goods and persons as a whole.

No permit is required for brokerage trucking services linked to the agriculture industry. However, any person performing brokerage in the transport of goods or people must appear on the list of transport intermediaries of the Commission des transports du Québec.

Compilation of rates from previous years

The documents related to this subject are not translated. You can consult them in the French page.

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