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BC Trucking Association seeks immigrant drivers

LANGLEY, BC. —The BC Trucking Association (BCTA) has developed a new skills assessment tool called IDRIVE and is looking for 25 recent immigrants with professional truck-driving experience to participate in a pilot test to be scheduled in...

LANGLEY, BC. —The BC Trucking Association (BCTA) has developed a new skills assessment tool called IDRIVE and is looking for 25 recent immigrants with professional truck-driving experience to participate in a pilot test to be scheduled in November or December 2013.

BCTA is working with BC motor carriers to find ways to address a shortage of professional drivers that could run as high as 33,000 across Canada by 2020, according to a Conference Board of Canada study.

“Immigrants to Canada are a valuable source of labour for the industry but may need help representing their skills to employers here,” says Louise Yako, BCTA president & CEO. “BC employers need to know how driving experience from outside Canada rates in BC, where regulations, equipment, and geography may be quite different.”

BCTA has partnered with the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table to develop a truck driver skill and experience assessment tool with input from motor carriers.

IDRIVE, “Immigrant Driver Readiness – Industry Validation and Engagement,” reviews the professional experience of drivers who are new to Canada, to provide them with a verified report on their readiness for employment in BC.

IDRIVE tests industry knowledge, essential skills, employability characteristics –including customer service skills–and driving skills.

IDRIVE is made possible by the Immigrant Employment Council of BC. Funding is provided by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

“We are pleased to support the BCTA’s immigrant driver readiness tool that will help employers understand and benefit from the experience and skills of BC’s immigrant labour pool,” says Kelly Pollack, executive director of the Immigrant Employment Council of BC.

IDRIVE is now ready for a pilot test and BCTA invites 25 immigrant drivers to participate, to make sure that both drivers and trucking industry employers can depend on its results. Assessments can take place throughout the province depending on where drivers are located.

Participants must not be employed currently in the trucking industry, but must live in BC and have a BC Class 1 commercial driver’s licence – or be willing to obtain one within the timeframe of the pilot project, which includes a road test. They must have at least one year of professional driving experience, here or in another country, read and write basic English, and be eligible to work in Canada, among a few other requirements.

In return, participants receive a copy of their IDRIVE assessment and BCTA will work to connect them with motor carriers interested in the pilot and looking for drivers to hire.

“Professional truck drivers keep our economy moving and tools like IDRIVE will help ensure we have the skilled drivers to keep the industry strong, and keep goods moving through B.C. and the rest of Canada,” says minister of transportation and infrastructure Todd Stone.

The deadline for IDRIVE applications is November 8, 2013. Complete details and an IDRIVE application form are available at


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5 Comments » for BC Trucking Association seeks immigrant drivers
  1. scott says:

    Jesus christ boys, there are huge numbers of retiring Canadian Veterans who need jobs and your going after immigrants? Really give your heads a shake.

  2. harold says:

    my comment is i am 62 years old i live on vacouver island. i have been looking for a trucking job for over a year. and i think if your department of transport would stop trying to find ways to rip truck drivers off yes rip truckers off the ind you would not have a problem finding drivers.1 you claim that trucks had weight problem .we got air ride.then we moved on to improper brake ajustment.we got automatic slack we are playing with log books i would like to go back 2o years and i am willing to bet that the log book has made no diff in accidents.if you people were so concerned maybe start enforcing hourly rates so that these companys stop free labour like sitting on a ferry for nothing or being on the road with no road expence every other comp pays why not trucking comp or sitting in a truck stop for 2 or three days waiting for a load at the drivers expence.or waiting to get unloaded for 2or3 hours and not getting paid for it.driving over 8 hours no over time.and you call yourselfs a trucking assosiation.and stop giveing the fines to the drivers and start giveing them to the comp because a lot of time the driver is forst to take the load and the only one that gains from the over load is the comp the driver gets paid by the mile and even when he gets the ticket he has too fix his load at his expence and the comp walks free.

  3. john wihksen says:

    B.C.T.A.-This challenge will be eliminated when “Line-Drivers” wage scale is equal to other trades. Immigrant drivers will not be in demand! How many years has this discussion of driver shortage been the topic of the trucking Industry in Canada? [30 years or more?] Time for a change in Corporate considering this problem. Thanks

  4. Ken says:

    Yes, lots of drivers out there looking for driving jobs.
    Just no companies willing to pay a proper wage to get good drivers.
    They all want to hire out of country, so they can pay cheaper wages.
    We all need to get on the same page and get this problem solved.
    It’s the companies that are saying there is a driver shortage, not the out of work drivers!!

  5. Mac says:

    overtime is mandatory after60 hours of on duty time. I dont hear of any company’s complying . this is legally mandated by the federal law explain?

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