Trucking alliance welcomes rural, northern immigration pilot

John G Smith

OTTAWA, Ont. – The Canadian Trucking Alliance is applauding plans for a five-year federal immigration project meant to help newcomers – including truck drivers – settle in local communities.

Immigrants will be selected for the pilot program based on occupational skills and local needs, including roles from truck drivers to teachers. About 3,000 participants are expected overall.

“[This program] is not just a temporary foreign worker program. It’s a permanent program to give permanent residency to skilled immigrants and their families,” Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Minister Ahmed Hussen said during a related press scrum.

The trucking industry has a significant driver shortage and as our sector continues to work diligently to attract Canadian citizens to the occupation of truck driver, innovative immigration pilot programs like these will also help will gaps in the labor market while helping the Canadian economy grow,” said Canadian Trucking Alliance president Stephen Laskowski. “Our hope is this program’s success will spur its evolution from a pilot to a permanent program, which will allow all qualifying Canadian fleets, regardless of location, to attract truck drivers from overseas to become Canadian citizens employed in the trucking industry.”

“Filling these driving positions immediately is crucial and this pilot will help do that. As an industry, we are continuing to review and implement both short and long-term solutions to the driver shortage,” added Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada.

John G Smith

John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking,, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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  • What driver shortage? Fleets suffer from driver churn due to their poor hiring practices. If there was a true shortage wouldn’t the shelves be empty @ Loblaws, Walmart or Canadian Tire. Just because fleets have an excess of equipment doesn’t mean there is a driver shortage.

  • Oh, so that’s why they took OSAP away from college and university students and sent them all letters saying their grants have now turned into loans.

    Hey, thanks Canadian government for once again ignoring your life long tax paying citizens so that you can give more of our money away to move new people in.

    I will refrain from further comments about this and the CTA is my opinions will just get me banned here.

  • Why bring Immigrants to Canada for the trucking industry?So they can be abused as well! Don’t forget to tell them, that they are going to work long hours, and they probably will be working for some of those hours for free. If the trucking industry want drivers in the seats of there trucks, pay hourly, and a fair hourly wage. For the GTA lets start at $35hr, I don’t think there will be a driver shortage for vary long. thanks

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  • Please, Minister, we are the refugees. When we are considering resettling him, for example, I have been a refugee for 12 years as a refugee who is prohibited from working and traveling to any of his provinces in Turkey. I tell you that my father was killed in Iraq and threatened with death.

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    I’m very interested to come Canada.
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  • so many truck drivers not having jobs. Tough competition among drivers here and plans are to get drivers from outside. Does that makes sense ?its ridiculous

  • This is very promising to me as a truck driver who has been applying for the same in vain. Thank you.
    Am interested.

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