Subsection 53(1)(a) of the Career Colleges Act, 2005 (the "Act") enables the Superintendent of Career Colleges to issue policy directives setting out standards for vocational programs or classes of vocational programs.

Pursuant to subsection 53(2) of the Act, policy directives issued by the Superintendent of Career Colleges are legal requirements that are binding on all career colleges and every career college must comply with and operate in accordance with the Superintendent's policy directives.

Effective September 30, 2016

This is a legal document and is binding on all career colleges. Every career college shall comply with and be operated in accordance with this policy directive.

Mandatory requirements

Programs offered by career colleges that are intended to prepare graduates for the Class A driver licensing examinations are required to adhere to the Commercial Truck Driver Training Standard (Class A) published by the Ministry of Transportation.


Pursuant to subsection 23(1) of the Career Colleges Act, 2005 (the "Act"), career colleges that offer vocational program(s) leading to Class A driver licensing must have the program(s) approved by the Superintendent of Career Colleges.

career colleges seeking approval must comply with the requirement outlined above and submit a complete program approval application to the Superintendent for consideration.

Similar training programs 

A career college offering a program in a related field (for example, training programs preparing for other licence classes, heavy equipment training, etc.) that does not intend to adhere to this policy directive must ensure that all promotional materials and enrolment contracts do not suggest that the program prepares students for the Class A driver licensing examination.


Under subsection 24(1) of the Career Colleges Act, 2005, a career college's program approval may be revoked if the Superintendent believes that the program fails to meet the applicable standards set out in the Superintendent's policy directives. If a career college does not comply with the requirement set out above, any or all of the following enforcement actions may be taken:

  • issuance of a Notice of Program Revocation
  • issuance of a Compliance or Restraining Order
  • application to a court for a Judicial Restraining Order
  • Proposal to Revoke or Refuse to Renew Registration
  • Prosecution for offences under the Career Colleges Act, 2005


If you have questions about the Career Colleges Act, 2005 contact the ministry at:

Career Colleges Branch
Ministry of Colleges and Universities
77 Wellesley Street, Box 977
Toronto, ON M7A 1N3