Commercial truck driver to be first certified occupation under proposed act

by Truck News

WINNIPEG, Man. – Good news for those wanting to start a career as a truck driver in Manitoba – the new certified occupations act introduced in the Manitoba legislature earlier this week by Kevin Chief Manitoba Jobs and the economy minister would provide better training and skills development for Manitoba workers, specifically those who want to be truck drivers.

The act would make sure Manitoba works in specific industries would be 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,” said Chief.  “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.”

In addition, the act outline that the first occupation that would be certified would be commercial truck drivers.

“This type of investment means there will be greater quality and selection of skills training for Manitobans including truck drivers,” said Terry Shaw, Executive Director, Manitoba Trucking Association.  “Investing in training and education means better equipped workers and a stronger labour market for our industry.”

On a very timely and related note Trucking HR Canada has also just released the updated National Occupational Standard (NOS) for Entry Level Truck Drivers.  This means industry is ready to hit the ground running when this act is passed.  Further information on the updated NOS can be found here.

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  • This is good news for the industry. It is about time that truck driving had a certification as it is a job that takes great skill and knowledge. The bad news is that Canada will probably certify import temporary foreign workers to get them into the country. If this program is going to work then keep it Canadian with high standards as it needs to be. If it turns out like the give away driver license thing we are in big trouble and it will be a joke.