OTTAWA, Ont. — National Trucking Week, held annually to spotlight the important contributions made by the more than 400,000 Canadian men and women who keep the country’s freight moving, will be held Sept. 7-14 this year.
According to the Canadian Trucking Alliance: trucking in Canada is a $54.7 billion industry; it employs over 260,000 drivers; and moves 90 percent of all consumer products and foodstuffs within Canada – with almost two thirds, by value, of trade with the US – Canada’s largest trading partner. Without trucking, the wheels of commerce would stop rolling and Canadians would be unable to enjoy a high quality of life, states the CTA.
“Each year National Trucking Week provides an opportunity to thank the tens of thousands of Canadians who have chosen to make a career in the trucking industry,” says David Bradley, the chief executive officer of the CTA.
“The work these men and women do is invaluable, because it is thanks to their dedication that groceries get to the supermarket; gasoline is delivered to the local gas station; and the goods Canadians produce make it to markets, across the border and oversees. It is the people of the trucking industry, whether they work behind-the-scenes or over-the-road, who are the backbone of the economy,” he added.
“Trucking is a diverse industry made up of a few large companies but dominated by thousands of small and medium-sized businesses, and independent owner-operators. Members of the trucking industry and industry suppliers, mark the week by recognizing truck drivers and other employees in a wide variety of ways,” says Bradley.
The week also serves as a platform to enable the country’s trucking associations to deliver important information to the community, about the vital role of the trucking industry, and how all road users can be partners in safety. The date of this annual event is set each year by the CTA in cooperation with the country’s seven provincial trucking associations.
For more about National Trucking Week and a list of celebration ideas, refer to the CTA Web site at: www.cantruck.ca.
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