Canadian Truck Workforce will be Decreased by 2024

December 20, 2016 - Trucking Industry News

Over the next 10 years Canada is believed to undergo a shortage of tractor trailer drivers by 2024.

Although the industry is one of the most profitable industries there is a lack of encouragement for young individuals towards the job.

The trucking industry employees one of the oldest workforces at an average of close to 47. With the aging workforce we are going to be in a situation of the baby boomers leaving to head for retirement.

Being a retailer of trucks, it is concerning however, we do believe that the industry will result in balancing off because the demand for drivers will create an increase in pay for them as well. The industry is also working towards changing the classification of truck driving to semi-skilled or skilled, which will be encouraging for immigrants and individuals.

Specifically however, in provinces such as Quebec and Manitoba there isn’t a huge influx of immigrants compared to Ontario and British Columbia, which prove to be the increasing workforce for the industry in those two provinces. To support the trucking industry in Quebec there is a governmental training program for 17-18 year olds who have interest in the trucking industry.

With Universal Truck Sales location being in a central location of Mississauga, it is in the heart of the transportation industry in Ontario. Not only is the area a hub for transportation (cross docking) it is also the area where it has one of the largest immigrant workforce in Canada. Majority of the immigrant workforce’s educational degrees are not recognized in Canada resulting in many of them entering the skilled workforce or the trucking workforce.

We encourage the Canadian government to continue programs like the Quebec training program because the industry is lucrative and individuals should be encouraged to embrace the industry, and to remove the negative connotation of being a driver. Truck Drivers are one of the highest paid individuals in the Canadian workforce. The job is demanding however if you work hard it will have its benefits. On average a tractor-trailer owner operator will approximately make between $100 000 – $120 000/year which is much higher than our average GDP per Capita approximately $50 000/year.

Truck Drivers are one of the highest paid individuals in the Canadian workforce.

For more information on truck driver salary (hourly wages), have a look at the wages chart below:

Location Low Wage
$ per hr
Average Wage
$ per hr
High Wage
$ per hr
Calgary – Alberta 16.50 25.00 38.46 2014
Edmonton – Alberta 17.00 24.00 34.00 2014
Vancouver / Lower Mainland Southwest – British Columbia 14.42 22.50 33.65 2014
Winnipeg – Manitoba 12.59 18.56 27.00 2014
Fredericton / Oromocto – New Brunswick 13.00 16.00 21.00 2014
Halifax – Nova Scotia 12.50 17.50 25.96 2014
Toronto – Ontario 13.00 19.00 29.50 2014
Ottawa – Ontario 14.00 19.31 25.00 2014
Windsor / Sarnia – Ontario 12.50 19.23 30.13 2014
Kitchener / Waterloo / Barrie – Ontario 14.56 20.00 28.69 2014
Prince Edward Island 12.00 16.00 26.00 2014
Montreal – Quebec 14.50 18.25 24.00 2014
Saskatoon / Biggar – Saskatchewan 14.42 21.00 30.50 2014

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View wages for other jobs within the transportation industry

Job Title Average Salary (Yearly)
Fleet Dispatcher C$46,228
Fleet Manager C$61,445
Fleet Supervisor C$78,611

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