Trucking associations across the country are facing serious labour shortages as long-haul truckers get older and younger generations are drawn to different industries. Their proposed solution? Hire more newcomers to Canada, and more immigrants in general.
While certain labour unions aren’t thrilled at this prospect, one thing is for certain – there are plenty of long-haul trucking jobs available for newcomers to Canada who have the gumption, desire, and drive (pun intended). Some foreigners are even being recruited using the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.
What is the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP)?
The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) enables employers to hire people without work permits and visas to fill certain jobs in industries facing labour shortages in Canada.
If you’re applying to become a truck driver under the TFWP, it may be a temporary position. This designation is only short-term and you need to show government officials that you’re ready, willing, and able to leave the country on short notice.
How can Newcomers to Canada Apply to Work in the Trucking Industry?
A good place to start is to get in touch with the trucking association in your desired province and familiarize yourself with the truck driving requirements in Canada.
The federal government’s job bank offers more than 4,000 vacancies and applying can help you obtain a TFWP or a more permanent visa. If you receive a job offer from a pre-approved listing by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, they can help you with the correct paperwork you need to start work.