Newfoundland Labrador is the latest Canadian province to formally recognize training under the Department of National Defence 404 driver’s licence as equivalent to a commercial vehicle driver’s licence.
The goal, according to the government, is to help veterans find rewarding careers while strengthening the provincial labor force.
Other jurisdictions that recognize Department of National Defence 404 equivalencies include Ontario, Quebec, and Manitoba.
“Military personnel have skills and experience that are just as valuable in civilian roles as they are when used in defence of our country,” he said. “By recognizing the credentials of the Department of National Defence 404 driver’s licence, we are not only helping veterans transition successfully into new careers, but we are also helping provincial companies secure the human resources they need to complete projects and pursue new commercial activity.”
This change, which takes effect immediately, was pursued in collaboration with Helmets to Hardhats, a not-for-profit organization focused on providing career opportunities to Canadian military veterans and serving reservists.
An appropriate driver licence equivalency will be automatically granted to any active regular force or reservist service person, including those who have retired from the Canadian Armed Forces, provided they had a valid Department of National Defence 404 driver’s licence within two years of applying for the civilian commercial equivalent driver’s licence.
Veterans seeking further information regarding this initiative are encouraged to contact their nearest Government Service Centre.