In 1998, after several appointments with various transport companies and the creation of a research and development department, Mr. Tardif obtained an important contract to supply the fareboxes of the 300 buses of the STO. (Société de transport de l’Outaouais) Fareboxes use a new technology that ensures better traffic management andensures greater revenue security. The award of this contract is at this time directly linked to the important research and development efforts of the last years, making the company a new Canadian reference as a farebox supplier and fare collection system. TAG Canada has earned several awards and honors for this innovation at the galas of the Chamber of Commerce.
The early 2000s marked an important point for TAG. The company employs 10 full time employees and operates under the trademark TAG Canada. The new situation of the company requires a relocation to a larger factory and the acquisition of automated equipment to produce a larger volume of fareboxes in order to meet an increasing demand. Seeing the rapid success of its new line of avantgarde products, TAG obtainsAmerican and Canadian patents protecting the new technology of its products in highdemand. Taking advantage of its different models of fareboxes, TAG Canada acquires customers across eastern Canada and has more than 500 collection boxes on the territory.
In 2009, the research and development department developed the new Evolution farebox combining security, electronics and cash management software. Also, in order to provide demand in line with the constant evolution of technology, the research and development team is developing a smart card system to be implemented for the first time in 2015. TAG Canada now has a complete perception line offering its customers entry-level products up to a complete, state-of-the-art fare collection solution.
TAG Canada in 2017
- More than 25 years of operation
- 13 employees (Machinists, electronic engineers, project managers, vendors, administrative staff)
- More than 1000 Transit fareboxes in Canada (Complete line of fare collection systems including manual and electronic fareboxes, collection system by vacuum, safe deposit, cash management systems and smart card system)
- 7 awards at Chamber of commerce of Lévis
- 10 000 square feet factory
- $2,1 M. annual turnover average
- 2 patent (USA & CAN)
Since the winter of 2017, TAG Canada is under a new administration. Mr. Gilles Tardifsold the business to his son Sylvain. This new administration ensures the long-term viability of the company in addition to bringing a new business vision focused ontechnological innovation and customer service.