OTTAWA, Ont. — As demand for drivers ramps back up in line with the economic recovery, Canadian fleets will no doubt once again look to sources outside Canada to fill driving positions.
With that in mind, the Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council (CTHRC) has developed an HR guide on how to establish an inclusive workplace that will help immigrants and temporary foreign workers adapt to their new working environment.
The latest volumes of Your Guide to Human Resources, Immigrants and Temporary Foreign Workers, provide tools and templates for the recruitment, cultural awareness, orientation and integration of foreign-trained truck drivers, the CTHRC says.
“At a time when Canada’s labour force is becoming increasingly multicultural, immigrants and temporary foreign workers represent a largely untapped source of potential employees for the trucking industry,” says CTHRC executive director Linda Gauthier. “These individuals offer a great diversity of education, training, on-the-job skills and life experiences that can enhance any fleet.”
The CTHRC says low birth rates among the Canadian-born population and an aging workforce mean immigrants will continue to comprise a growing segment of Canada’s labour force. The two new modules draw upon voices from the industry and from government to outline real-world experiences with immigrants and temporary foreign workers and are accompanied by a CD-ROM that can be customized for a particular fleet’s needs.
The CTHRC also offers a report for employers, which it says provides step-by-step guidance on how to navigate provincial and federal immigration programs and processes while also outlining the associated costs and timeframes.
It has also produced a fact sheet for immigrants and temporary foreign workers, which offers pre- and post-immigration guidance for immigrants and temporary foreign workers who are interested in pursuing a trucking career in Canada.
For info on the latest modules, contact the CTHRC by visiting www.cthrc.com.
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