Trucking welcomed into Ontario immigration nominee program

by Truck News

TORONTO, Ont. – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is applauding the provincial government for welcoming the trucking industry into the Ontario Immigration Nominee Program, through the in-demand skills stream.

The 2019 budget reads: “To better reflect employer and labour market needs, the government will seek to expand the occupations eligible for the Employer Job Offer: In-Demand Skills Stream to include transport truck drivers and personal support workers.”

The change gives Ontario trucking companies the same access to foreign labor sources currently provided to the agriculture and construction industries.

“Ontario’s economic competitiveness is highly dependent on the trucking industry as the dominant mode of freight transportation in the province,” said David Carruth, chairman, Ontario Trucking Association. “Having access to this program provides trucking companies an avenue to recruit the talent they need to fill gaps in their workforces.”

Prospective truck drivers will have to go through Ontario’s mandatory entry-level training program, and will require further in-house training by their employer.

“The industry is taking steps to help address its labor shortages – from increasing wages to better marketing the opportunities available in the industry – but these measures alone will not be able to meet the labor needs over the coming years without access to labour through immigration,” said Carruth. “Today’s budget announcement will provide assistance to our sector and by extension the Ontario economy.”

“Making sure this province stays open for business has been one of the (Premier Doug) Ford government’s guiding principles. The decision to allow trucking access to the OINP is a critical step in supporting that vision,” added OTA president Stephen Laskowski. “While the trucking industry does not expect immigration, on its own, could or should solve the industry’s labor shortage, it’s clear immigration and the recruitment of professional foreign truck drivers through programs like this one will need to play a larger role moving forward.”

The Ontario trucking industry will also be allowed to participate in a pilot program that will bring highly-skilled immigrants to smaller communities.

The budget also confirmed the government will maintain the tax exemption for natural gas used as a transportation fuel.

It will also allow electronic documentation for International Registration Plans, making it easier for truck drivers to confirm their credentials and reduce paperwork.

Doug Ford

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  • This will lead to huge scam as Immigration consultants and trucking companies will be making shitload of money.

    Its already happening in BC where immigration consultants charge 20,000$ to 40,000$ from prospective immigrant getting them BC PNP sponsored employer

    OTA was lobbying for it very long and its unbelievable that government is part of it. Government should give preference to its own citizens for better wages not bringing in low language skilled so called drivers from Dubai, India, Pakistan and other devloping countires.

    Its gonna be a shit show my fellow truckers

  • I am a workpermit holder long haul class 1 driver who hold a MANITOBA LICENCE presently working in BC and my licence is not recognized here with my family here I am not allowed to drive and am now looking for a new job with the vast immigration lawyer’s here and their high demands of fees how can one survive n find a job . I left my 35 years of self employment in logistics to come here to make a future for my family n looks like Canada immigration lawyer s are too hungry for money then anything else.

  • The large trucking companies will continue to pay low wages to truck drivers now that they can bring in cheaper off shore labor. This is a very bad day freight rates and truck driver pay in Canada. 7168005814. Instead of pushing to solve abuse of truck drivers and lack of parking let’s bring in more cheap truck drivers and more accidents like the one in Sask.

  • company’s making many 25000 to 40000$ for jobs letters…to bring people from outside…big immigration scam..so bad

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