MTI, Marmicmon partner to help B.C. fleets recruit drivers from abroad

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CASTLEGAR, B.C. — With B.C.’s recent decision to open its provincial nominee program (PNP) to long-haul truck drivers, training institution Mountain Transport Institute (MTI) has launched a new program to pre-screen prospective hires before they arrive in Canada.

The company has partnered with Marmicmon Integrated Marketing and Communications of Okanagan Falls, B.C., to “facilitate the integration of foreign professional drivers into Canadian trucking companies.”

Under the partnership, Marmicmon’s Michael Patterson has agreed to work with governments overseas to recruit professional drivers with at least five years’ experience on behalf of Canadian firms. Marmicmon officials say their company specializes in the Canadian immigration process and can work with carriers across the country to fill vacancies.

Once the carriers have interviewed and selected appropriate candidates, MTI will then travel to their country and perform driver evaluations to measure their suitability for the Canadian trucking environment.

Candidates who do not have the skills to safely operate in Canada will be rejected from the program (until they can improve), while the drivers who meet the standards will then be provided with training on Canadian log books, weights and dimensions, pre-trip inspections, air brakes, etc., in preparation for their arrival in Canada.

Once the drivers arrive in Canada, they’ll be welcomed by MTI’s Castlegar facility for the balance of their training, licensing, medicals, etc., before joining their new employer. At this point, Marmicmon will assist the drivers with housing and getting them set up in their new communities, the companies announced.

“Marmicmon and MTI have partnered on this venture to help Canada’s trucking industry safely and efficiently access experienced overseas drivers without interrupting their daily business and ensuring the skills of the individuals actually match what’s on their resume,” the companies said in a release.

For more information, contact Marmicmon at 250-497-7077 or online at or MTI at 877-965-3748 or online at

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  • Thats great….as if we need this…How about we train the people here that we have in our country and provide Canadians with Canadian Jobs….this is sick.

  • Riduculous, now we have more unskilled drivers in residential areas! MTI is close to its time to cause a serious accident. Driving 5km an hour in Ootischenia where people pass in unsafe areas to get by isn’t helping. I saw 3 small children take off into the ditch off their bikes when a truck wouldn’t move at all for them.

  • I think its great that we have a school such as MTI providing training to new drivers,making the roads a safer place.Maybe unbelieveable will think
    about that next time a truck is behind them going down a mountain pass.
    Thank you MTI.

  • Not sure why the backlash. Obviously if there was interest locally they would hire from within to cut down on the additional overhead costs.