Driver shortage and the demographic cliff

Discussions about a driver shortage tend to fade away when the economy struggles, but there is no escaping the fact that Canada needs to attract a new generation of drivers. A 2016 study - Understanding the Truck Driver Demand and Supply Gap - determined that for-hire fleets will need 34,000 more drivers by 2024, many of whom will be needed to fill seats once held by drivers who retire or quit. Solutions will involve reaching out to underrepresented groups like millennials and women. In the meantime, limits on Temporary Foreign Workers have effectively eliminated another option.

Laskowski to lead Canadian Trucking Alliance

VANCOUVER, BC - Stephen Laskowski will lead the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) as president and Chief Executive Officer when David Bradley retires from the positions on January 1, 2018. Laskowski, who was recently named Bradley's successor at the Ontario Trucking Association, is currently CTA's senior vice president and second in command. "It's a great honor to represent this industry and do it on a national basis," he told a room full of CTA board members in Vancouver, after being named to the role. "I love this industry. The CTA staff and I are very privileged to represent you. Moving forward, the staff and I are eager to work together as an alliance, with the provincial associations, and with each provincial board to represent carriers from coast to coast."

Trucker Delivers Hope, Hay for Drought Stricken Farmers

EDMONTON -- Hope for several Edmonton farmers arrived last week in the form of a turquoise Kenworth piloted by Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) board member Carl Rosenau, president of Rosenau Transport. Rosenau was busy hauling flatbeds full of donated hay to Edmonton-area farmers suffering from drought conditions, according to CTA. For many western farmers, this has been one of the hardest summers in 50 years, marked by weeks of drought that have decimated hay crops and left farmers struggling to feed their livestock.

Minister Urges Trucking to Address Mental Health

TORONTO--Federal Minister of Labor Dr. Kellie Leitch recently wrote to the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA), asking the group to encourage member carriers to take action to address the issue of psychological health in the workplace. The minister's letter refers to sources of data showing that a significant proportion of the Canadian workforce suffers from some form of mental illness, affecting worker productivity, safety and workplace losses, according to the group. The minister's letter provides a link to tools that can assist employers in assessing, addressing and mitigating psychological health and safety issues from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).