Boréal launches its Motive Power Technician – Truck and Coach program in Timmins

De gauche à droite : Jean-Pierre Nadon (directeur du Collège Boréal à Timmins), Camille Fortier (directeur, Tru-Nor Trucking Centres, Timmins), Chris Byrnes (Tisdale Bus Lines), Gilles Bisson (député provincial), Daniel Giroux (président du Collège Boréal), Steve Black (maire de Timmins), Brian Vaillancourt (vice-président du Développement des affaires au Collège Boréal), Jamie Clark (président de la Chambre de commerce de Timmins) et quelques étudiants du Collège Boréal (rangée arrière à la droite).

Left to right: Jean-Pierre Nadon (Director of Collège Boréal in Timmins), Camille Fortin (Timmins Branch Manager, Tru-Nor Trucking Centres), Chris Byrnes (Tisdale Bus Lines), Gilles Bisson (MPP), Daniel Giroux (Collège Boréal President), Steve Black (Timmins Mayor), Brian Vaillancourt (Vice-President of Business Development, Collège Boréal), Jamie Clark (Timmins Chamber of Commerce President) and Boréal students (back row right).

The launch of Collège Boréal’s new Motive Power Technician – Truck and Coach program took place today as part of a press conference in Timmins.

Offered for the first time in September 2018, Boréal’s Motive Power Technician – Truck and Coach program is the only French-language program of its kind in Ontario. The training stands out through the integration of repair techniques and skills thanks to the realization of mechanical projects that support the concepts learned in the classroom.

There is a high demand for skilled workers in this field, especially in Northern communities. According to recent labour market forecasts by the Far Northeast Training Board (FNETB), 25% of the nearly 800 truck and coach technicians working in the region will be eligible for retirement by 2031.

As part of this two-year program, students gain the necessary skills based on industry practices to perform truck and coach repair work for various companies while respecting Ontario codes and regulations. Working in truck and coach maintenance, graduates of truck and coach programs at Ontario colleges will find positions with a fleet, dealership, truck and coach manufacturer, transit bus operator or manufacturer, and more.

The Truck and Coach Technician trade is regulated by the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009. Qualified individuals may obtain a Certificate of Qualification, which confirms its holder has the skills, knowledge and experience that meet industry standards of practice for the trade.


“The implementation of quality programs can only occur once a comprehensive analysis of market trends and employability rates at local, provincial and national levels. Our Timmins campus is the ideal place to offer this specialized training, and we would like thank the community for its ongoing support.”

Daniel Giroux, President, Collège Boréal

“There is currently a shortage of skilled workers in the motive power industry, especially in Northern Ontario. Thanks to this program, participants have the opportunity to gain the necessary skills to pursue their professional goals and contribute to the economic development of their community.”

Jean-Pierre Nadon, Collège Boréal Director in Timmins

“Thanks to Collège Boréal, future qualified Truck & Coach technicians have the opportunity to complete their specialized training in Northern Ontario in French. It’s a win-win for the community and the industry!”

Camille Fortin, Timmins Branch Manager, Tru-Nor Truck Centres

Quick Facts

Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French language post-secondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province.

Collège Boréal offers a wide variety of programs and services at six campus locations and 38 access centres in 27 communities across the province. Since 1995, approximately 120,000 clients across Ontario have benefited from College Boréal’s expertise relating to post-secondary education, training programs, immigration and settlement services, as well as employment services. Furthermore, Collège Boréal has developed and implemented over 70 articulation agreements with other post-secondary institutions.

According to the Key Performance Indicators recognized by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Collège Boréal now holds the top-ranking position in three out of the five areas surveyed! Out of 24 Ontario colleges, Boréal has the highest student satisfaction rate, graduation rate, and graduate satisfaction rate in the province. Moreover, with 96%, Boréal ranks 3rd out of all 24 colleges in employer satisfaction!

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