The Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council (CTHRC) has unveiled a new series of tools it says will help trucking companies attract, hire and integrate Canada’s newcomers – a source of workers who are expected to play an increasing role in meeting the industry’s labour needs.
“The trucking industry faces a deepening labour shortage. More than 500,000 people already enjoy careers in Canada’s trucking industry, and they deliver 90% of all consumer foods and products, but the existing workforce is aging and must be renewed by a new generation of employees, said CTHRC Executive Director Angela Splinter.
About six in 10 fleets now struggle to find drivers, and the number of jobs in the trucking industry is expected to grow 26.6% between 2011 and 2021, CTHRC research shows.
Newcomers will play an important role in any solution. Immigrants account for one in five new job seekers in Canada, and some fleets are already turning to internationally trained workers to fill severe, regional shortages in long-haul truck drivers.
“Employers also need to successfully integrate and retain the newcomers they attract,” Splinter adds. “It costs as much as $10,000 to recruit and train a new truck driver, and this is on top of the business opportunities that are lost when jobs are unfilled.”
The CTHRC’s tools are available through the new web portal at www.cthrc.com/fcr along with an array of practical support. Resources aim to help newcomers determine if a career in Canada’s trucking industry is right for them; show employers how to attract, hire and integrate newcomers into a Canadian workplace; and supply Immigrant Serving Organizations with several resources to meet the needs of the communities they serve.
Newcomers considering careers in trucking can turn to the Trucking in Canada Orientation Guide, which provides an essential overview of Canada and its trucking industry. Related fact sheets highlight important steps in Canada’s immigration process.
Employers can turn to the updated Your Guide to Human Resources: Volume 2, which offers practical tools and checklists to build an inclusive, multicultural workforce. Lessons based on this guide are also available through educational seminars now being offered by CTHRC advisors, said a release.