Manitoba’s Minister of Education Kelvin Goertzen announced on Friday that they would be suspending classes in Manitoba for three weeks, beginning Monday, March 23. In light of this announcement, the Driver Z in-class and in-car sessions will also be cancelled until April 10, 2020.
In the interim, we encourage students and instructors to continue the online learning portion of the program.
We will continue to monitor the situation and make informed decisions based on World Health Organization recommendations.
If you have any questions, please contact MPI’s Driver Education & Training department
What are some of the new program changes?
Using a mix of online learning, in-class and in-car practice, Driver Z is designed to provide students with the knowledge, experience and confidence needed to be safe, responsible drivers. Our goal is to provide a world-class experience that prepares students, reduces collisions among drivers and ultimately contributes to safer roads for all of us! Your help in sharing the message regarding the new program and registration will ensure students don’t miss out on the opportunity to select a course that best fits their schedule.
- Students and parents/co-pilots must attend the Kick-Off, which is held on the first in-class session (not the second, as in the past).
- There will be at least double the amount of people attending the Kick-Off (previously Parent Night) at your school, so please think about a space that’s large enough to accommodate.
- Students must provide an email address when they register so they can access the online application and receive course-relevant communication.
- Students must complete online learning prior to their first in-class lesson.
When does registration for the upcoming term begin?
Registration for the winter/spring 2020 term will begin on December 2, 2019.
Courses for the winter/spring 2020 term (includes courses with a start date between January 1 and June 30) will be available on Course Finder for students and parents to view only on November 28, 2019.
If a course at your school is at risk of the being cancelled due to low enrollment (or you typically have lower enrollment at your school), we would appreciate it if you could advertise the upcoming course with students and parents. Please contact the DE office, at any time, with questions about how we can work together to help keep the course running at your school/in your area.
Where can students go for information?
- Course Information: mpi.mb.ca under Driver Education Driver Z Course Finder
- Driver Z Program Information: mpi.mb.ca under Driver Education MPI’s Driver Z Program
Where do students go to pay and register?
Students can pay and register for courses at any Autopac agent or Manitoba Public Insurance Service Centre.
Will students be given priority to register for Driver Z courses at their own school?
Each host school has selected reciprocity for their school. This information was previously collected from all school administrators – if you would like to review or change your current reciprocity agreement, please contact us.
Students are grouped in two categories:
Primary (usually students attending the host school) – Students in this group may register for courses as soon as registration is available.
Secondary (usually students form other schools or divisions) – Students in this group may register for courses at the host school three to four weeks after those courses have been made available to the primary group.
How do students and co-pilots access the online learning?
Once students have registered, they will receive an email within 31 days of the course start date with instructions. They will be required to do the following:
- Log in to set up their account.
- Complete Zone 1 (activities 1-29) before Kick-off. This takes approximately 12 hours to complete.
- Invite at least one co-pilot (and up to eight) through Driver Z online.
o Co-pilots will also be required to log on and complete Zone 1 (activities 1-6) to be able to support the student and ensure all necessary tasks are finished to complete the program. This takes approximately two to three hours to complete.
It is important that students and co-pilots have separate email addresses to ensure they receive the appropriate emails for their role.
If you have any questions, please contact Driver Education by email or phone at (204) 985-7199 or toll-free at 1-800-261-9928.
Thanks again for being a vital part of the Driver Z team. Your commitment to preparing young drivers is making Manitoba roadways safer for everyone!