The top workplace in Canada: behind the wheel

OTTAWA (Feb. 13, 2003) — Truck driving is the most popular occupation among Canadian men, according to new Census Canada statistics.

The census said 255,990 men make their living driving a commercial vehicle, up from 220,000 in 1996, when the last survey was taken. Adding women, who make up 3 per cent of the driver pool, the total number of truck drivers in Canada is 263,500.

The increase in the number of drivers reflects higher volumes of international and inter-provincial trade, as well as increased preference by shippers for trucking services, the report said.

It is the second straight time that the census revealed truck driving as the most frequently cited occupation.

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