Professional truck drivers are responsible for the movement of
more than 90% of all consumer goods and products in Canada. They
are an essential part to all aspects of the Canadian economy.
However, due to compensation and lifestyle concerns, a severe
national trucker shortage is beginning to brew. The economy is
already feeling the effects of this shortage, and a long term
crisis is not far away.
According to the Canadian Trucking Human Resources Council
(CTHRC), there are currently approximately 31,000 trucking firms
employing nearly 300,000 people, 68% of which are truckers. A
recent survey revealed that about 20% of the workforce is over the
age of 55, which entails a loss of over 40,000 people over the next
10 years. There was also a substantial vacancy rate at the time of
the survey, thus allowing for even more potential job
The good news is that while the industry may be facing a severe
labor shortage, it is expecting economic growth, which will lead to
more competitive salaries and benefits for all prospective members
of the workforce. The CTHRC predicts that over 150 000 new truck
drivers will be hired by 2012 in order to address the increased
demand, the aging workforce, and the job vacancies.
Many members of the CTHRC are also vying for the government to
have trucking labeled as a 'skilled trade', consequently
making it even easier for recruiters to hire foreign workers. Thus,
while the industry is undergoing a current workforce crisis,
predictions for the future are looking fantastic, and everyone is
encouraged to take serious consideration of an industry that will
In order to obtain work in Canada, foreign workers must obtain
Canadian work permits which require a Labor Marketing Opinion
(LMO). An LMO is a labour market verification process whereby Human
Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) assesses the offer
of employment to ensure that the foreign worker will not have a
negative impact on the Canadian labour market.
Generally speaking, for jobs located in Canada's major
cities, the more specialized the position and the higher the salary
offered, the higher the chances of obtaining a positive LMO. If
trucking achieves the status of a specialized job, this whole
process will be expedited and made much easier
FWCANADA's lawyers offer the knowledge and expertise to
ensure that this entire process runs as smoothly as possible.
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