N.B. tightens trucker recruitment

by Today's Trucking

FREDERICTON, N.B. – New Brunswick has joined Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia in tightening truck driver recruitment.

It has established a pathway specific to transport truck drivers (NOC 7511) within the Provincial Nominee Program’s NB Skilled Worker stream.

The province said Thursday the program is being streamlined in response to feedback from industry stakeholders.

The Swallowtail Lighthouse in Grand Manan, N.B. (Photo: iStock)

It said the following changes will go into effect Oct. 1. As of that date, applicants must have:

  • a valid New Brunswick Class I driver’ s licence;
  • at least 24 months of professional experience under NOC 7511 within the past five years;
  • have a minimum of nine months of continuous full-time employment under NOC 7511 in New Brunswick, on an LMIA-supported or post-graduate work permit, and with a single New Brunswick employer;
  • and show evidence of their intent to establish and reside in New Brunswick.

All employers wishing to support a foreign national through the NB Skilled Worker stream under NOC 7511 must:

  • have been in continuous, active operation in New Brunswick under the same ownership for at least two years;  
  • have physical, operational premises in New Brunswick;
  • be actively engaged in these New Brunswick operations;
  • be in good standing with all provincial and/or federal legislation governing employment standards and occupational health and safety;
  • and not be in violation of the Immigration and Refugees Protection Act (IRPA) or Immigration and Refugees Protection Regulations (IRPR).

The province said anyone who has received an Invitation to Apply (ITA) prior to Oct I, will be considered under the old criteria

Expression of Interest (EOI) under NOC 7511 will be considered under the old criteria, if received before midnight Sept. 28.

The move by New Brunswick comes just weeks after P.E.I. and Nov Scotia stopped accepting truck driver applications under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP).

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  • So why is it I cant get ANY financial help here or Nova scotia (i spent my entire life up until 2018 in nova scotia and moved to new Brunswick in 2018) but they host programs for foreign folks, pay the entire deal from bringing them here, paperwork requirements, housing, TRUCK SCHOOL…

  • I mean, I’ve wanted to drive truck since I was 13, English is my first language, I UNDERSTAND the canadian rules of the road as well as the traffic signs and signals, I’ve met a number of ‘truck drivers'(better term is steering wheel holder) who dont understand why the black lines are sloped on a yellow sign, or what a yield sign means…
    Clearly, these days it’s not the fact I’m a woman that’s contributing to no help, but more so that I was born in the wrong country, at least, that’s what all the actions are saying

  • Yes and they must be able to read English signs which most of them cannot do now .We have had to much truck traffic on Roachville road because they follow their GPS because they cannot read an English sign ,and they are also travelling to fast through dangerous intersections on route 10

  • As soon as wages per mile are banned, as was done in the civilized countries of Europe, when wages are tied to a price index and guarantee income to drivers, then the need for foreign workers will disappear.
    Canadians do not want to work 70 hours a week outside the family, and earn only $ 4500-5500 per month on the road 24/7. Only immigrants are ready to work this way in order to get documents, and then look for a more profitable profession or move to where there is more other work. This profession has become the lowest paid in the country, taking into account the time spent at work !!!

    • The current status of truck drivers is very bad in Ontario Canada. We need to have truck drivers hourly paid at a competitive wage of twice minimum wage for O T R truck drivers and the medical care and coverage. The current Ford is not protecting truck drivers in Ontario that are short changed after they get injured at work and are living on the street or in homeless shelters.

  • As a driver trainer in Ontario, I applaud the actions taken, but also I am slightly concerned with the shortage of drivers and the aging truck driver population, I feel they would have been better off concentrating on the training aspect of new recruits.

  • We need truck drivers in New Brunswick and you have cut us off at the knees most
    Can’t keep the trucks going that they have and many would like to expand
    Their business but with you’re new
    Rules we will not make
    New Brunswick stronger with these rules so thank you for calling us the oldest
    Province in canada as that
    Is where we will be heading