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.”

The proposed act would see enhanced training and certification for select occupations. The first occupation that would be certified would be commercial truck drivers, if the legislation becomes law. 

“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 workers and a stronger labour market for our industry.”

The new system would include industry-led standards development, a competency-based training model, and the requirement of both classroom and on-the-job training. Standards would be developed through consultation with industry stakeholders.

This legislation follows Trucking HR Canada releasing a new National Occupational Standard earlier this month to more clearly define the role of a truck driver than ever before. 

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