Legislation Would Make Truck Driving Certified Occupation

WINNIPEG -- A new certified occupations act has been introduced in the Manitoba legislature with the aim of providing better training and skills development for workers in the province, starting off with truck drivers. According to the Economy Minister Kevin Chief, the plan would ensure Manitoba workers in certain industries would be able to receive certification in their occupation from on-the-job training as well as classroom training from accredited providers. "Manitoba businesses have many specialized jobs that people new to the job market need to know are an option for them," he said. "We have the youngest and fastest growing demographic in Canada, as well as many newcomers and others who are just looking for a chance to put their abilities to use in a new occupation. This proposed act is about giving them a tap on the shoulder to show them the possibilities available."