Canada Announces New Immigration Pathway for Truck Drivers and Other In-Demand Jobs

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced on Monday, March 27, that Canada is creating a new economic path under the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) to help employers hire skilled refugees and displaced individuals. 

This new pathway will allow employers to fill in-demand jobs, including truck and delivery drivers. 

The EMPP connects skilled refugees and qualified displaced people with Canadian employers trying to fill labour shortages in certain key occupations. In a win-win scenario, this allows Canadian employers to access a skilled talent pool and fill jobs to help grow the economy while allowing Canada to welcome vulnerable people, such as refugees, who are seeking a new life. 

Stephen Lakowski, President of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, said 

“This program seeks to protect refugees needing help while connecting them with employers who have in-demand jobs available. This program will keep Canada moving by addressing acute labour shortages in critical sectors while safeguarding potential new workers to Canada who are most at risk.”

The trucking industry is a logical destination for many under the EMPP program. 

“Canada is a global leader in helping skilled refugees connect with employers struggling to find workers in critical areas while allowing newcomers to restart their careers and their lives here in Canada,” said Minister Fraser of this new program to help employers address critical labour shortages will providing refugees with the opportunity of rebuilding their lives. 

The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) and Minister Fraser’s office will work together to help implement the program, which is slated to begin this summer. 

The Federal Government and the CTA have been working to ease driver shortages in trucking with new and innovative immigration policies and provide new Canadians with stable, meaningful work and a secure future.