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Keep armoured car drivers as safe as the cargo they protect

Public safety, and the safety of armoured car employees, is increasingly jeopardized by the lack of comprehensive industry regulation.

New entrants to the industry and established firms are engaging in heightened price competition on the basis of lowered security standards, resulting in a higher risk of gun crime through armed robbery and providing easier targets for organized crime.

Since 2000, there have been more than 85 attacks on armoured cars nationwide. In the past 4 years alone there have been 15 publicly-reported robberies resulting in multiple injuries and fatalities.

Safety standards and regulations for the armoured car sector in Canada have fallen behind other jurisdictions around the world. The patchwork of current rules is ineffective, over-lapping and at times contradictory. It has resulted in minimal regulation.

Unifor has launched a national campaign calling on federal lawmakers to develop a comprehensive regulatory framework - to enhance safety and prevent crime by establishing minimum standards in employee training, vehicle specifications, crew complements and safety equipment requirements.

Unifor National President Jerry Dias has reached out to federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to outline the unions recommendations.

To read the letter  to Minister Goodale, click here (PDF).

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Read Armed and Safe: Enhancing public safety and preventing crime through better regulation of Canada's armoured car industry:

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Campaign Updates

Letter to Ralph Goodale - Minister of Public Safety

4/6/2016 -

Unifor National President Jerry Dias sent a letter to Ralph Goodale the Minister of public safety asking to improve public safety and the safety of armoured car employees. Within our diverse union we are proud to represent 2,000 members in the Canadian armoured car industry. The men and women who work in this sector are routinely exposed to danger and their safety is increasingly jeopardized by the lack of comprehensive federal regulation. As part of its effort to make the industry safer Unifor is calling to establish minimum standards in employee training, vehicle specifications, crew complements and safety equipment requirements.

Download the full letter in pdf click here

Unifor sends a second letter to Minister Blaney

1/20/2015 -

Unifor today sent a letter to federal Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney, along with a petition signed by hundreds of armoured car workers and Unifor members, calling on the federal government “to develop a comprehensive regulatory framework for the armoured car industry, establish minimum standards on employee training, vehicle specifications, crew compliments and safety equipment.”

To read the letter, click here.

Armoured car campaign update

12/18/2014 -

Armoured car members at Unifor have been very active over the last year,
pushing for important changes in the industry to make conditions safer for
everyone – both the workers carrying out the critical job of keeping the economy
moving, and the public in general. Here is a report back about our actions and
successes so far.

To see the complete update click here

Unifor responds to recent attack on armoured car driver

10/30/2014 -

On the evening of October 29, an armoured truck robbery occurred in the Montreal neighborhood of Rosemont once again establishing the need for a national taskforce to look into safety standards in the armoured car industry.

To read the whole story click here.