This is a question I get regularly so I figured a quick blog post might help my readers.
First let me start with the fact that the job of a freight broker in Canada is virtually the same as freight brokers in the U.S. Both the U.S. and Canadian freight brokers and freight agents act as the middleman between shippers and motor carriers helping to match shipper loads with available truck capacity. Freight brokers, also known as load brokers, logistics brokers, shipping brokers, truck brokers, transportation brokers and property brokers have become an integral part of today’s supply chain. Brokers can offer an array of services including full truckload, less than truckload, rail, and even air/ocean. Click the following links to learn “What is a freight broker?” and “How much freight brokers or freight agents can earn?”
If you are located in Canada and are interested in how to get your freight broker license here are the basic requirements as stated by the National Transportation Brokers Association. www.ntba-brokers.com
The list of provinces below regulate freight brokerage operations:
ONTARIO: Effective January 1, 2006, Ontario Regulation 556/92 to the Truck Transportation Act and the Act itself are repealed.
One part of 556/92 has been retained in legislation and transferred to the Highway Traffic Act (HTA). Where the previous 556/92 required an application to obtain a Load Brokerage Certificate, the new addition to the HTA requires no such application or certificate, and will universally apply to all companies who broker freight “over-the-road” including motor carriers, warehousemen, customs brokers, freight forwarders, 3PLs and freight brokers. 556/92 of the HTA speaks mainly to the requirement that all parties who broker freight must maintain a trust account to hold monies payable to the carrier.
QUEBEC: Presently, the Commission des transports du Québec Section 332 requires that a “transport service intermediary” (any person who finds a carrier for the account of his client) register with the CTQ. Person can be a freight forwarder, a forwarding agent, a broker and so on, and corresponds to one of the following situations:
(1) concludes a contract in Québec
(2) has a place of business, an office or a business address in Québec, a post office box or a telephone number
(3) has a representative or an agent with a proxy to transact on her behalf in Québec
(4) generally, acts in Québec for gain in the scope of professional or commercial activities
The provinces and territories listed below do not currently regulate freight brokerage:
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
If you are located in Canada, learning to become a freight broker or freight agent is virtually the same as in the United States so any reputable freight broker training program should be able to teach you how to effectively broker freight. Online training has proven to be a very effective way for people to learn from a distance. So if you are interested in learning how to save over $1,000 by attending an online freight broker training program versus a school or classroom setting check out www.FreightBrokerBootcamp.com
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