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Centennial delays January Taxi driver training course in anticipation of Toronto’s new program, curriculum

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Centennial College has opted to postpone the Taxi driver training program originally scheduled to begin the week of January 10th as it waits to learn precisely what Toronto’s new program will entail.

“We are waiting for confirmation that we have been approved as a training provider from the city of Toronto. We want the program we are offering to fit the City’s requirements exactly,” explains Janna Erichsen, Chair of Part-Time Learning at Centennial’s School of Transportation.

“We would not want to start a driver training program in mid-January before we have the City’s specific requirements in hand, and then find out the program we had launched was missing some small element. That would not be fair to the students.”

Toronto is scheduled to announce which training providers will be contracted, and what curriculum they will be asked to deliver, by the end of January 2022.

“An expert panel with representatives from City divisions is reviewing each application and will recommend those to be placed on the City’s list of approved training programs. The City will complete the evaluation and accreditation of the proposals by the end of January 2022. This list of City approved training programs will then be made available on the City’s website,” media spokesperson Deborah Blackstone told Taxi News in an email on January 5th.

Toronto has received 11 applications for the Vehicle-for-Hire Driver Training Accreditation.