Companies working in the antenna construction industry are subject to a variety of provincial and federal regulations, depending on the task being performed and the work location. STAC’s Road Safety Committee helps to identify and communicate the variety of safety codes that industry players need to be aware of.

Committee Lead


UPDATED: January, 2020

When must a contractor register an F-150 pickup as a commercial vehicle? How are contractors affected by hours of service regulations in each province? What documentation do contractors need to provide to transportation authorities during an inspection or audit?

Volunteers from the STAC Road Safety Committee are currently reviewing National Safety Code (NSC) standards for commercial vehicle regulation with the goal of better informing the telecom industry about their obligations under those regulations, which can differ widely by province. The team has released two best practice documents identifying individual and corporate obligations under two of the most pertinent NSC regulations.

Among other things, these documents strive to ensure that STAC Members can easily identify when they are subject to NSC regulations and what the NSC requirements are in each province. The document also establishes “maximum thresholds” for each area of regulation to ensure that drivers who work in multiple provinces can easily ensure they remain compliant in each of the provinces they work in.

Project Resources:
• National Safety Code (NSC) Standard 10 – Cargo Securement (General Compliance & Best Practice Guidelines)
• National Safety Code (NSC) Standard 11 – Maintenance and Periodic Inspection Standards (General Compliance & Best Practice Guidelines)
National Safety Code Standards – CCMTA

Project Volunteers
Dan Renaud, Telecon
Aimee Arsenault, Tridon
Carm Cirillo, Rogers
Brent Hrywkiw, WSP
Tracey Krane, WSP
Jason Wolf, WesTower

For more information about this project including available volunteer opportunities, or to submit questions about particular NSC regulations, please contact Nicholas Kyonka – STAC Program Manager – or Dan Renaud – STAC Road Safety Committee Lead.

UPDATED: June, 2018

In June 2018, the Government of Canada released new impaired driving laws designed to better incorporate consideration of cannabis consumption and the use of other drugs.

“The new law is a modern, simplified, and more coherent system of reforms to better deter and detect drug and alcohol-impaired driving,” the federal Department of Justice said in a post about the changes, adding that each province and territory may have additional impaired driving laws or regulations.

Under the new regime, the Department of Justice has scheduled fines and other penalties – up to and including jailtime – for drivers who are found to be under the intoxication of alcohol, cannabis, or a list of other drugs including “cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD, 6-MAM (a metabolite of heroin), Ketamine, Phencyclidine, and Psilocybin and Psilocin (magic mushrooms).” The fines begin at $1,000 for first-time summary convictions.

STAC is encouraging its members to review the defined penalties under the new law and to ensure that their employees are aware of the consequences of driving under the influence. For more information, please consult

 • National Safety Code Standards (via CCMTA)

STAC NSC Best Practice Documents
NSC Standard 10 – Cargo Securement (General Compliance & Best Practices Guidelines)
NSC Standard 11 – Maintenance and Periodic Inspection Standards (General Compliance & Best Practice Guidelines)

Provincial Roadside Work Requirement Manuals
Alberta – Traffic Accommodation in Work Zones 2008
British Columbia – 2015 Interim Traffic Management Manual for Work on Roadways
Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation – Work Zone Traffic Control Manual
New Brunswick – Work Area Traffic Control Manual 2009
Newfoundland and Labrador – Traffic Control Manual 2014
Nova Scotia Temporary Workplace Traffic Control Manual 2009
Ontario – Traffic Manual (Book 7) Temporary Conditions 2014
Prince Edward Island – Temporary Workplace Traffic Control Manual 2005
*Quebec – Volume V Traffic Control Devices 2015 – Parts 1,2 & 3
Saskatchewan – Traffic Control Device Manual for Work Zones
*Please note: Quebec’s Traffic Control Device Manual is available through purchase only. STAC has purchased a one-year licence to this manual and can provide excerpts or answer questions relating to its content as necessary.

Other Resources
Out of Service (OOS) Criteria for Commercial Vehicles
NSC Weight Requirements by Province
STAC 2016 – Commercial Vehicles Regulations Presentation – Andy Rambouts – Ministry of     Transportation, Ontario
HIGH Climber Stories – Episode 2

Dan Renaud: Yes, but they want to see the vehicle and what equipment you’re carrying before they give the temporary permit. Also, go to a private scale to make sure axel weights and vehicle weights are safe before you go to the CVSE and potentially get fined.
Dan Renaud: Legally, yes – if the vehicle is registered for less than 4500kg – but you have to consider the implications if the driver gets into an accident.
Dan Renaud: I would suggest you go to a private scale to make sure you’re not overloaded. If you don’t know your weight and go to a CVSE, you could get a ticket. Go to a private scale, get yourself weighed first.