Trucking HR report says increased diversity needed in industry

by Truck News

OTTAWA, Ont. – A new report from Trucking HR Canada says there is a strong business case for increased diversity in the country’s trucking industry.

Coined ‘Changing Workforce’, the report is based on a combination of labour data and best practices, and profiles fleet programs from Bison Transport, Canada Cartage, Kriska Transportation, Northern Resource Trucking, Trimac Transportation and Westcan Bulk Transport.

“The trucking industry needs to ensure it attracts, recruits, and retains the skilled workforce needed to support effective and efficient operations. Recruitment and retention strategies that adapt to the ever-changing and increasingly diverse pool of available talent are needed,” said Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada. “Our business case, and related case studies highlights best practices in this area, and show how businesses that embrace diversity profit in many ways.”

The report indicates that despite gains, there is still room for industry employers to hire people who are part of visible minority groups, like aboriginals and those with disabilities.

It also said hiring a more diverse workforce helps reduce turnover, improve productivity, lower wage and training costs and enhance health and wellness.

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  • Its funny that whenever there is an article relating to trucking in Canada the people that are quoted are the people that have totally screwed the business up for the rest of the small companies out there. I totally believe in training anyone that wants to get into the business and it will become a necessity with the workforce we have now. These large companies are cutting rates and doing whatever it takes to keep all there trucks running. I believe there is plenty of work out there for all of us so why are we cutting rates and trying to put each other out of business.

  • I agree with you Gary knowing that a large transport company wit many trucks will always undermine the smaller one and more so with the new regulation according the use of E-log.
    It will be chaos with the produce people they never be on time either for loading or unloading , the waiting time varies for about 5 to 10 hours.
    So screwing the system will be attempt more to come.

  • Driver turn over is caused by low wage. If people really want to change trucking industry maybe a new model is required. Pay drivers as skilled hourly wage, give them benefits. Take away the “paid by the mile”. Then no one has to run past log hours, worry how long they spent waiting for loads or deliveries. Traffic is bad so be it. As some one once told me “that’s the price of business”.