Understanding Canada’s Truck Driver Shortage

By: Angela Splinter

March 1, 2021


Is there a shortage of truck drivers in Canada? This question often sparks a heated debate—and more questions.

Is the labour market so tight right now that there are too few people to drive trucks? Are employers not doing enough to make the job attractive? With all the driver training, licensing, and safety requirements, is the bar too high for anyone to qualify?


They’re good questions, but whether there is a driver shortage isn’t a matter of opinion. The data provides the answer.


Trucking HR Canada’s Labour Market Information (LMI) provides ongoing actionable intelligence pertaining to the supply and demand of labour. Our own economist conducts regular analysis of Statistics Canada data, labour force data, our own surveys, and more, ensuring an accurate assessment of our industry’s needs.

Here is what we know:


  • There are nearly 20,000 vacant truck driver positions in Canada.
  • 61% of employers report they can’t find all the drivers they need.
  • 7.4% of all truck driver jobs are unfilled compared to 3.3% in other non-driver jobs.
  • The unemployment rate among truck drivers is much lower than the rest of the workforce. (6.2% for truck drivers as compared to 9.8% for the rest of the workforce). However, if every currently unemployed truck driver were hired into a vacant position, there would still be more than 11,000 unfilled jobs.


All economic indicators show a shortage of drivers. What there is no shortage of, however, are opinions and offers of quick fixes stemming from high-level politicians (who do not necessarily understand our industry dynamics) all the way to drivers themselves.


This is an ongoing, complex issue.

Truck fleets are having to adjust to freight conditions that didn’t exist 10 or 20 years ago. With e-commerce, the number of regional and local driving jobs is exploding, creating opportunities for drivers to work closer to home. Long-haul driving jobs today have a much higher vacancy rate than short-haul—9.4% compared to 5.9%.

Regulations play a role. The required use of ELDs and speed limiters means that some fleets have to add capacity in order to cover the same number of miles and maintain their service levels.

Training is an issue. Every year, about 28,000 new (inexperienced) drivers enter the industry to replace drivers who retired or otherwise left their jobs. These new workers require entry-level and specialized training before they can even start to drive independently and be ready to take the place of those experienced drivers who are leaving. This is a challenge compounded by the  pandemic.

Of course, there are always experienced drivers who are looking for work but can’t find a job that works for them.

So yes, there’s a shortage of drivers. And changes in the economy and freight markets haven’t made things easier with the passage of time.


We clearly need better ways of matching up job seekers, both new and experienced, with available work. Up-to-date and accurate LMI data, like the kind provided in this article, can go a long way toward creating a common understanding of the imbalances between the supply and demand for workers.


Trucking HR Canada is committed to monitoring and providing access to these important indicators as we support the development of evidence-based solutions to our industry’s challenges.


I invite you to use the resources on our site to help manage the pressure you may be feeling as you look for drivers. If you have questions, please reach out to [email protected] to learn more.



Women’s Resource Inventory

Women's Resource Inventory


The concept of mentorship is not new. It is how age-old artisanal crafts and skills have been passed on through generations; it is the heart of the apprenticeship learning model; and it is cited most often by successful people as a key factor in their accomplishments.

It is also something that employees in trucking and logistics are looking for. Our “women with drive” surveys have two in three respondents citing mentorship as a tool that would support them professionally.

Mentorship is the process where an experienced worker (mentor) works with and educates a less experienced worker (mentee) to help foster skills development and professional growth. The mentor shares his or her skills, knowledge, techniques, best practices, and experience. It is a personal relationship that can happen informally or be the result of a structured corporate program.

Let’s take a look at tools and resources that can help.

Mentorship Toolbox
Trucking HR Canada

A series of mentorship materials designed to support women in the Canadian trucking industry. Tools include: employer guide, online peer network guide, one-on-one mentorship, and a networking event guide.

Advice for Mentors/Mentees

Blog, support, tips, and techniques for establishing mentorship programs, as well as advice for mentors and mentees.

Mentorship Circle
Women in Communications and Technology

Women in Communications and Technology offers a National Mentorship program that matches members with a senior or peer member for one year of counsel, leadership, and professional development.

Mentoring Program
Women’s Transportation Seminar

Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) advances women in transportation and offers a successful mentoring program for members, developed to benefit both the mentor and the mentee. Benefits for the mentor include: sharing career success stories with future women leaders, building long-term relationships, and giving back to an industry that needs to hear and remember these stories. Mentees gain the knowledge and wisdom of the women pioneers who blazed the path before them. WTS also offers a variety of networking events with other mentor teams.

Mentorship Center
Women in Trucking

The mission of Women In Trucking is to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize the obstacles they face. The organization offers a mentorship center to connect mentors with mentees.

Alberta Women Entrepreneurs
A not-for-profit organization dedicated to enabling women to build successful businesses. AWE provides unique programs and services to women at all stages of business through advising, financing, mentoring, and network development.

Forum for Women Entrepreneurs
The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs mentors, educates, energizes, and connects women entrepreneurs to be wildly successful. A mentorship program encourages women to push their businesses to the next level and pairs them with experienced business leaders and entrepreneurs for support.

Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology

SCWIST specializes in improving the presence and influence of women and girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in Canada and promotes participation and advancement through education, networking, mentorship, collaborative partnerships, and advocacy. There’s a 360-degree mentorship program that offers women opportunities for building diverse connections, and community programs to encourage girls’ participation in STEM careers.

Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic
The Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic Mentorship program connects mentees with mentors in the Atlantic region.

REAL Women in Trucking
A US-based organization of women truck drivers that provides a network of support for qualified women who wish to become commercial drivers. The organization connects women with quality employers, services, and offers a mentorship program.

Aboriginal Mentorship program
The program aims to connect Indigenous post-secondary students in the STEM disciplines with member mentors to help them take their education and experience to the next level. It includes one-on-one coaching and mentoring, along with meaningful paid summer employment and other opportunities to help students further their studies and future careers.

Tools and tips:

Mentoring and Employment and Social Development Canada
Successful Mentoring Relationships

Includes tools that can help employees develop and maintain positive and successful mentoring relationships, which incorporate the development of essential skills.

Mentoring Guidance
Government of Canada

January is mentorship month across the public service. The Government of Canada created an online resource to help. It includes: tips, fundamental principles of building a network and developing a mentorship relationship, and shows how mentoring is linked to leadership.

Professional Psychological Association
Tips for Developing a Successful Mentoring Relationship

Tips for developing a successful mentoring relationship, including setting goals as a mentee.

Department of National Defence
Video from Chief Petty Officer First Class Gilles Grégoire with a message about the way good leadership and good culture go hand-in-hand for successful organizations.

Coaching and Mentoring
Aboriginal Construction Careers

Includes several useful tools, including assessment for determining need for coaching or mentoring, and questions to consider when developing a mentoring program.

Learning and Mentoring — Alberta
Government of Alberta — Alberta Learning Information Service

Career, learning and employment information from the Government of Alberta, including tips for being an effective mentor, how to manage the mentoring relationship, and rewards of mentoring.
Tips for anyone who wants to work with a mentor, including finding a mentor, approaching them, and making the most of the relationship.

Mentoring and Essential Skills Government of Canada
This tool helps employers and practitioners support the development of essential skills through mentoring. It supports the development of an informal mentoring system and includes tools that can help employees develop and maintain positive and successful mentoring relationships.

Women Who Inspire (for women)
Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic

Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic spotlights women in the trucking sector who are supporting other women, especially those who have experienced growth and advancement within the sector and contributed to a stronger workforce.


Blog – Women in Trucking

This blog is for issues specifically related to women truck drivers and other women in the industry. It features a variety of members and guest contributors.



Blog – Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada

The blog features members sharing stories, information, ideas, and anything else they may find interesting or benefit from.


Online Resources
CRST International

CRST International is a trucking company with online resources for women truck drivers. They share news, hotline numbers, and links to organizations that feature information that may be helpful.


Peer Support
Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada

The Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada is a network of women created to empower, expand, and retain employment of — and shift attitudes about — women in the industry and beyond. It also features a helpful and informative blog.


Women Truck Operators in the Concrete Industry

Concrete Ontario (Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario) is developing a program to encourage more women to pursue careers as truck operators in the concrete industry. While the program is being developed, a series of profiles on women truck operators is available on their website.



Career Profiles for Women in Transportation Careers

A variety of programs and resources for women who are looking for employment, ranging from mentoring in business development to training in the trades. If you are looking for new employment or want to advance in your career, the resources here can help you find work with job satisfaction and independence.



Forum — TruckersForum.net
Women In Trucking

This forum is for issues relating specifically to women truck drivers. The Truckers Forum is among the most popular online spaces for truckers and covers a range of useful topics – from regulations to practical advice about maintaining your truck. It also has a resources page where you can search by different criteria, such as most active authors, to find relevant information.


Forum — Truckers Report
Canadian Truckers Forum

This forum is a place for Canadian truck drivers to discuss issues related to Canada’s trucking industry. It has more than 160,000 members and 192,000 threads, separate sections for company drivers, owner-operators and freight brokers. There is also a whole section where new drivers can ask questions and get expert advice.

http://www.thetruckersreport.com/truckingindustryforum/forums/ canadian-truckers-forum.329/

Forum — Class A Drivers (CAD) Forum
Women in Trucking

This forum is for female professional truck drivers and the situations they face, including a discussion board specifically for women in the trucking industry.


Forum — Expediters Online
Women’s View

This forum is the place to discuss issues mostly affecting female owner-operators and drivers, veterans, and newbies alike. If you are dealing with expedited freight, Expediters Online is the place to find over 18,000 people related to the industry.


Portal — BCTrucker.com            

BC Trucker is an information exchange portal for truck drivers and others involved in British Columbia’s trucking industry. Users can swap information, ideas, stories and experiences, ask questions, post classified ads, read the latest industry news, and more.


Forum — Canadian Truck Drivers Forum

Operated out of Mission, British Columbia, the Canadian Truck Drivers forum allows participants to voice concerns and opinions, and share stories and pictures.


Forum — Truckstop Quebec Forum

Truckstop Quebec is an online forum for French-speaking drivers. It includes a section on Les Femmes dans le Transport, as well as discussions on technical and professional matters, and a classifieds section.


Forum — Truckers Forum

Ladies of Trucking

Forum for women to empathize, encourage, and inspire each other.


Forum — Freight Relocators

This forum is for issues relating specifically to women truck drivers.


Women in Trucking
Layover.com is the internet's longest continually running website dedicated to truck drivers and the trucking industry. For over 20 years, Layover.com has provided drivers and their families with everything they need, from job opportunities, trucking related news, and even a little help to pass their time on the road.


Blog — Roadmaster: Women Truck Drivers Blog

Articles for women looking to become truck drivers.


Blog — Life as a Trucker.com    

A blog where female truck drivers can share their personal experiences.


She Drives Trucks
Truckers News

A weekly newsletter targeted at female company drivers and owner-operators that addresses the unique issues women face on the road, including personal safety, health concerns, and the best driving jobs for women.


Financial Support

Trucking HR Canada Career ExpressWay Program

THRC connects you with a career that will fuel your passion.  From the open road where you help to deliver essential goods, to exploring new technological innovations.  Are you looking for an opportunity to make an impact? Do you want to grow your skill set, feel valued, and become a core part of a team? Do you want to have a career that is stimulating and challenging?



Financial Support

Canada Job Grant

This federal grant provides direct financial support for trucking employers that want to purchase training for their workforce. The cost of the training is shared between employers and the government, with up to $15,000 per person available. Employers hiring anyone unemployed may be eligible for 100% funding. Truck driver training schools are often familiar with the grant program as training must be supplied by third-party trainers. Check the info for your province or territory (not available in Quebec).

AB: Alberta

BC: British Columbia

MB: Manitoba

NB: New Brunswick 

NL: Newfoundland and Labrador

NS: Nova Scotia

NU: Nunavut

ON: Ontario

PE: Prince Edward Island

SK: Sakatchewan

YT: Yukon


Financial Support
Driving Back to Work Grant (AB)

Unemployed Albertans have an opportunity to start careers as commercial truck drivers through

the province’s new Driving Back to Work grant program that supports Alberta’s Recovery Plan. The grant

provides funding for the Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) program to earn a Class 1 driver’s licence.



Women Shifting Gears (SK)

Women Shifting Gears is a unique, three-phase program offered via the Saskatchewan Trucking Association. The program is designed to empower women and develop their skills to enter the transportation industry as Class 1A Professional Truck Transport Drivers.



Career Planning
Government of Saskatchewan

Trained career development professionals help you learn about career options and how to get started on your career path, including: information on occupations, wages and future prospects; understanding your skills, interests and goals; referrals to employment and training programs; and developing a career action plan to align with your goals.



Labour Market Programs and Training
Government of Quebec

Information about career development, occupations, and training programs in Quebec.



Business Development Training Programs (Maritimes)
Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic

The Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic offers a wide range of training opportunities for men and women interested in a career in the trucking industry. For women specifically, they offer training in business skills development to succeed in trucking.



Career and Training Supports

WorkBC offers a variety of programs and resources to help women looking for employment, mentoring in business development, or training in the trades, including truck and trailer mechanic and transport trailer mechanic.



Certificate in Logistics

The Certificate in Logistics is offered in coordination with the Red River College (RRC) Transportation and Distribution Management program.



Supply Chain and Logistics Sector designation

The Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation offers professional development in the supply chain and logistics sector.



Career Guidance and Training
Trades Discovery program (BC)

Trades Discovery programs are designed so participants have access to trades and technical training at British Columbia Institute of Technology campuses, including: heavy-duty mechanics, transport trailer mechanics, diesel mechanics, and commercial transportation mechanic.



YWCA Changing Gears (BC)

YWCA Changing Gears is a free 23-week Class 1 truck driving training program for women, as well as the training needed to kick-start a career in transportation. All participants require a referral to the program from a WorkBC Centre. WorkBC will also cover the cost of transportation and childcare.



Heavy Equipment Technician
Tradesecrets (AB)

Take a three-year apprenticeship for a truck and transport mechanic (three 12-month periods) through Tradesecrets, including a minimum of 1500 hours of on-the-job training and eight weeks of technical training each year.



Truck and Coach Courses (ON)
Ontario Colleges

Truck and coach programs are offered as one-year certificate and two-year diploma programs, where students learn to inspect, diagnose, and repair trucks and coaches. Depending on the program, courses can be used as part (or all) of the in-school component of truck and coach apprenticeships. Co-ops and work placements may also count towards the required apprentice hours.



Transport Trailer Trade Technician Apprenticeship (BC)
Okanagan College

When you complete a Heavy Mechanical Foundation or Level 1 of the Heavy-Duty Equipment Technician Apprenticeship you are eligible to enter Level 4 of Transport Trailer Technician Apprenticeship.



Trucking Careers (Maritimes)

Partner of choice in developing and delivering personalized programs that meet the specific needs of Aboriginal communities. The trucking program prepares students to operate tractor-trailer combinations for the transport of goods and materials over urban, interurban, provincial, and international routes.



Second Career Training
Ontario Employment Services

Support for women interested in training in the fields of coach/heavy-duty equipment technician (Conestoga College) or truck and coach technician (Centennial College). Online workshops are available to find out more, including eligibility, funding, and application information.



Professional Class 1 Driver Training
Women Building Futures (AB)

Professional Class 1 Driver is an introductory skills development program formally endorsed by the Alberta Motor Transportation Association (AMTA), designed to prepare students for the commercial transportation industry. This eight-week program includes the essential safety awareness and certification, best practices for working in transportation, exposure to technical skills, and hands-on training. The program is sponsor funded.



Training Support for Indigenous Students
Building Brighter Futures Supports

Indspire has provided over $115 million in financial support to more than 37,500 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis students for a variety of programs. All Building Brighter Futures donations are matched by the Government of Canada.



Career Awareness
Skills Canada

Skills Canada promotes skilled careers in trades and technologies to youth and their communities. Career seekers can find out about careers in heavy vehicles among others through hands-on events and basic training.



Grants for Career Training — Newcomers, Women
Government of Ontario

A variety of programs designed to support training and education for women.



Training, Funding
Femmessor — Réussir  

Funding, training, or mentoring for the acquisition, start-up, expansion, or consolidation of your business.



Funding for Training

Youth Employment Program

The NRC-IRAP Youth Employment Program is designed to assist the hiring young Canadian post-secondary graduates and can provide up to $30,000 per graduate for six to 12 months. Participants must be under 31 years of age.



Funding for Work Co-ops
Canada Summer Jobs

This program assists public sector, small businesses, and non-profit organizations hire co-op students for the summer with a wage subsidy of 50% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage. Non-profit organizations are eligible to receive funding for up to 100% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage.



Provincial Employment and Training Services

Each province has its own collection of employment services centres that can help with work, career guidance, and skills development information:

Trucking HR Canada (CAN)

As a national, non-profit organization, Trucking HR Canada advances modern HR solutions for the trucking and logistics workforce. The promotion of diversity and inclusion, including attracting women and non-traditional employees to the workforce remains a key strategic area of focus.

Key initiatives that support employers in the recruitment and retention of women include the annual Women With Drive leadership summit, regional Women With Drive Hit The Road events, labour market information, HR resources to support employers in diversity, inclusion initiatives, and more.



Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada (CAN)

The Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada was established to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize the obstacles they face.



Women in Supply Chain Association (CAN)

WISC works to globally connect and collaborate with industries and stakeholders under the supply chain umbrella, create links and bridges, and remove silos through relationships that support professional opportunities, growth, and understanding.



Women In Trucking (WIT)

The Women In Trucking Association is a non-profit organization to encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize the obstacles they face.



Girl Scouts – Transportation Patch
In partnership with Women in Trucking (US)

Girl Scouts in the United States have an opportunity to showcase their interests, learn about the transportation industry, the role trucks play in the supply chain, and earn a Transportation Badge.



Advancing Women in Trucking In the Atlantic region
Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic (CAN)

This toolkit helps break down barriers and open doors for more women entering and advancing their careers in the trucking sector.



Advancing Women in Transportation
Women’s Transportation Seminar (US)

Women’s Transportation Seminar is an international organization dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women. The goal of WTS is to expand opportunities for women in the transportation industry by providing professional development, leadership programs, mentoring, and career advancement.


Women With Drive Leadership Summit
Trucking HR Canada

This annual national leadership summit brings women and men from the industry together to network and learn about practical solutions and best practices designed to support increased recruitment and retention of women in the industry.



Women with Drive hits the road

Building on the success of the annual national leadership summit, these regional events are delivered with local partners, bringing industry stakeholders together to share best practices and bring awareness to the issues.


Western Women with Drive
Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA)

In partnership with Trucking HR Canada, this is an annual networking event that brings together women and men based in Western Canada to learn about practical solutions and best practices to support increased recruitment and retention of women in the industry.



Ladies Lunch and Learn
Toronto Transportation Club

Throughout the year, the TTC hosts networking events for women in transportation, including the annual Ladies Lunch and Learn.



Connects women from all parts of supply chain
Women in Supply Chain Association

WISC hosts regular networking events to globally connect and collaborate with industries and stakeholders under the supply chain umbrella, build links and bridges, and remove silos through relationships that support professional opportunities, growth, and understanding.



Accelerate! Conference and Expo
(Sponsored by) Women in Trucking Association

An opportunity for transportation, logistics, and supply chain peers to learn about critical transportation issues and trends, along with perspectives of the positive impact women can have on the industry.


Trade Awareness of Women
YWCA Trade Journey (SK)

Trade Journey is a 16-week program designed for women who like working with their hands and who have already worked in either construction, renovation, mining, or maintenance or who want to make a transition into a career in the trades.



Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity
Electricity Human Resources Canada

The Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity is a public commitment by Canadian employers, educators, unions, and governments to promote values of diversity and inclusion within their organizations.



Bright Futures BC
Electricity Human Resources Canada and BC Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources

Bright Futures BC promotes careers in the electricity and renewables sector and provides young people with the information they need to consider a future in the industry.



Career Awareness
Women Building Futures

Women Building Futures is a non-profit organization based in Edmonton, Alberta with a mission to empower women’s economic prosperity by removing barriers and providing training in the construction trades, maintenance, transportation industries, and more.



Career Awareness
Women Building Futures – Indigenous Services

This Indigenous team works closely with Indigenous communities to raise awareness of the growing employment and training opportunities for women in the skilled trades, driving, operating industries, and more.



Trades Discovery for Women
British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

BCIT’s Trades Discovery for Women program allows women to gain hands-on experience in 20 different trades and prepares them to successfully enter and complete trades and technical training. If you don’t know what you want to do, this is a great way to narrow down your options and get started on your path.



Industry Training Authority

Women in Trades Training (WITT)

The WITT program provides training, financial assistance, and support for eligible women in British Columbia who are thinking about a career in the skilled trades but are unemployed or employed and low-skilled. It offers introductory trades training that allows you to experience a variety of trades, helps you get job ready, and works with employers to sponsor women for apprenticeship placement.



Women in Skilled Trades (WIST)
The Centre for Skills Development and Training

The WIST program at Ontario’s Centre for Skills Development and Training provides eligible women with tools and training to launch their careers in the residential construction industry.



Women Unlimited
Nova Scotia’s Women’s Economic Equality Society

A program that helps women explore, prepare for, get hired, and maintain employment in the skilled trades.



Office to Advance Women Apprentices (NL, NS, NB, PEI, MB)

The OAWA partners with employers, unions, government, and training institutions to help secure employment opportunities for women in the skilled trades. It has helped hundreds of women obtain jobs in the trades.



Build Together
Women of the Building Trades

A national program that promotes, supports, and mentors women in the skilled construction trades.



Career Awareness and Supports
Canadian Construction Women (CCW)

CCW provides women with opportunities for support, mentoring, networking, community involvement, learning, and development to attract and retain women to the building industry.



Career Awareness and Supports
Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC)

This organization has a diverse membership — from skilled trades to project managers, general contractors, estimators, lawyers, engineers, and architects – and offers mentorship opportunities to advise, guide, and assist women with industry challenges.


Career Awareness
Skills Canada - Alberta and Saskatchewan

Programs to introduce youth to careers in the trades, especially girls who want to pursue non-traditional careers.



Skills Work! Day Camp
Skills Canada Ontario

This week-long day program for kids entering grades 7 and 8 allows them to explore careers in skilled trades through interactive games, industry tours, and entrepreneurship programs. There are 20+ camp locations across Ontario, including specialized camps for girls only.



Techsploration (NS)

The Techsploration program in Nova Scotia empowers young women in grades 9 through 12 to explore careers in science, trades, and technology. Students from more than 20 participating schools meet role models and participate in interactive presentations and workshops.



Women in Resource Development Corporation (WRDC)

WRDC is helping women in Newfoundland and Labrador prepare for and achieve meaningful, positive, long-term careers in trades and technology.



Office to Advance Women Apprentices (OAWA)

The OAWA, funded by the government of Newfoundland and Labrador, was created in 2009 to increase employment opportunities for women in the skilled trades.



Women’s Network (PEI)

A not-for-profit organization that works to strengthen and support the efforts of PEI women to improve the status of women in our society. Their Trade HERizons project aims to increase the number of women in non-traditional trades and technology occupations on Prince Edward Island.



Women’s Equality
Government of New Brunswick

This organization works to advance gender equality as an important part of building a strong economy with more jobs for all New Brunswick residents.



Junior Achievement

JA is a partnership between the business community, educators, and volunteers — all working together to prepare and inspire young people to reach their potential and succeed in today’s global economy. Some programs specifically encourage young women in areas of leadership, business skills, and entrepreneurship.



Rotary Club

Rotary’s programs are developing the next generation of leaders, providing funding to make the world a better place, and making peace a priority. Numerous programs are aimed at supporting young leaders, including women, in their chosen occupations.


Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)

AWE is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enabling women to build successful businesses. It provides unique programs and services to women at all stages of business through advising, financing, mentoring, and network development.



Women in Logistics (WIL)

The mission of Women in Logistics is to provide resources for both women and men in logistics, transportation, supply chain management, and technology. WIL is an information resource network for career development, mentoring, and educational opportunities.



Women in Supply Chain (WISC) Association

The goal of WISC is to globally connect and collaborate with industries and stakeholders under the supply chain umbrella, create links and bridges, and remove silos through relationships that support professional opportunities, growth, and understanding.



Women Entrepreneurship

The Government of Canada has established a strategy to ensure women across the country have access to the supports they need to start or grow a business, including access to financing, talent, networks and expertise to start up, scale up, and access new markets. Resources also include guidance for funding and mentoring, expert advice, and a knowledge hub.



Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FEW)

FWE is a BC-based organization that educates, mentors, energizes, and connects women entrepreneurs to be wildly successful. The forum supports women in any stage or size of businesses, in any industry, anywhere in Canada. A mentorship program encourages women to push their businesses to the next level and pairs them with experienced business leaders and entrepreneurs — everything women entrepreneurs need to overcome barriers and challenges in today’s economy.



Women's Enterprise Centre of Manitoba

The Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba is a resource for women looking to start or expand their businesses. They work one-on-one with women across the province to answer questions and help them determine the steps to make their businesses successful.




SheEO offers programs and services across Canada to help women entrepreneurs access non-traditional financing along with customized training.



Futurpreneur: Youth Start-up Resources, Mentoring, and Financing

Futurpreneur Canada is a business support service that has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for over two decades. They are the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring, and support tools for aspiring business owners aged 18-39. There are local offices in every province.



Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE)

The full suite of ONE programs and services can be accessed by contacting one of the 14 Research Innovation Centres (RICs) located throughout the province. These resources are available to entrepreneurs and young companies looking to start, grow, and finance their ideas. Staff at RICs include entrepreneurs-in-residence, specialists, and analysts with years of business experience.



Service Canada Programs and Services

Service Canada offers a catalogue of programs and services to help businesses with employment, apprenticeships, and wage subsidies. Some programs are aimed at women, young entrepreneurs, new immigrants, and other sectors.



Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Advisory Services and Loans

BDC can help your business with financing options and advisory services to position your business for success. They work with the full spectrum of businesses across Canada and can help build the foundation for your business growth.



Women’s Enterprise Centre BC
Western Economic Diversification Canada (WECD)

Women’s Enterprise Centre assists women in starting and growing businesses in BC. They provide a wide array of resources, many online, for BC women who own a business or are thinking of starting a business.



The Taskforce for Women’s Business Growth
University of Ottawa

The Taskforce for Women’s Business Growth is a national consortium of prominent women business owners, SME service agencies, academics, and industry associations. Women’s Enterprise Centre is a founding member of this national taskforce, which has identified action strategies to create economic development in Canada through the support of women entrepreneurs. The Taskforce maintains a comprehensive library of research into women’s entrepreneurship.



Mentor Works

Mentor Works makes business funding more accessible to companies across Canada by helping them discover, evaluate, and leverage grants and loans to accelerate their growth plans.



Government of Canada/Western Economic Diversification Canada
COVID 19 Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF)

The Government of Canada, through Western Economic Diversification Canada, is providing loans of up to $40,000 for eligible women-run businesses to help them cope with financial hardship and recovery from economic disruption resulting from COVID-19.



Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP)

BSP supports high-growth businesses that are scaling up and producing innovative goods, services, or technologies with interest-free repayable funding.



Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD)

For more than 30 years, Western Economic Diversification Canada has been working to diversify the economy and improve the quality of life of western Canadians by supporting businesses in building a strong, competitive region. WD focusses on business development, innovation, and community development and has specific programs for women, Black-owned, and new immigrant-owned businesses.



Women’s Enterprise Initiative
Western Economic Diversification Canada

There is a Women’s Enterprise Initiative organization in each of the four western provinces that provide a variety of unique products for women entrepreneurs, including business advisory services, training, networking opportunities, loans, and referrals to complementary services.



Government of Canada
Black Entrepreneurship Program (BEP)

The BEP is a partnership between the Government of Canada, Black-led business organizations, and financial institutions. With an investment of up to $221 million over four years, it will help Black Canadian business owners and entrepreneurs grow their businesses and succeed now and into the future.



Community Futures Program

Overseen by the federal government, the Community Futures Program is a community-driven economic development initiative that assists communities in rural areas with strategies for dealing with a changing economic environment. Support includes general business information including planning for growth and details about access to capital for small- and medium-sized businesses.



Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub

The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub is a program of the federal government designed to serve as a one-stop source of knowledge, data, and best practices for women entrepreneurs. Hubs have been established in almost every province and deliver activities to support the advancement of women entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds.



Government of Canada Grants for Women Entrepreneurs

This a great starting point for finding and understanding Canadian government grants earmarked specifically for women entrepreneurs.



Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE)

FWE’s programs and events empower women entrepreneurs to overcome barriers and challenges that they face in today’s economy. The forum can help with raising capital, developing a pitch, growing your HR, sales, and leadership skills. FWE supports women entrepreneurs with businesses at any stage, any size, in any industry, anywhere in Canada.



Pitch for the Purse

The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FEW) offers Pitch for the Purse to help women entrepreneurs access capital. The program is divided into four sections to educate and mentor entrepreneurs along the way with pitch training, semi-finals, mentorship, and pitch finale.



The Amber Grant for Women

The Amber Grant was created by WomensNet in honour of Amber Wigdahl who passed away at the age of 19 without the chance to reach her entrepreneurial dreams. This grant offers $4000 every month to female entrepreneurs who still have the opportunity.



Woman Entrepreneur – Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)

The BDC works with organizations to support and uplift women-owned businesses as they network, learn, and ask questions of their expert advisors. They also offer flexible financing to help grow your business.



Women in Trade – Export Development Canada (EDC)

Export Development Canada (EDC) helps Canadian women-owned and led businesses achieve success with insurance options to protect your exports, capital, and financing solutions for your business.



Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada

The National Association of Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada offers networking, financing, and business skills development, and supports women entrepreneurs who innovate and are looking for continuous improvement. They also provide information on a vast array of organizations across the country that support women in business.



Startup Canada and Evolocity Financial Group Women Entrepreneurship Fund

Startup Canada, in partnership with Evolocity Financial Group, invests in women-led companies in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). They help women start and grow their businesses with grants of $4,000 to $5,000 to support operations or growth opportunities.



Communitech Fierce Founders

Communitech helps start and grow tech-driven businesses with access to investors, funding, expert advice, and networking – among many other learning and development opportunities.



Organizations for Business Women

Information about women’s business organizations across Canada and the world, including transportation and trade-related businesses. Many groups offer exceptional networking opportunities, mentorship, training, and resources exclusively for Canadian business women.



Alberta Women Entrepreneurs

As a woman in Alberta, you can take advantage of this network and its tools to gain business skills and help your business succeed.



Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan

If you are a woman living in Saskatchewan, you can apply for a loan to start, grow or buy a business through Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan.



Women’s Enterprise Centre Manitoba

Women entrepreneurs in Manitoba can get help to improve business skills and acquire financing to start, expand or purchase a business through the Women’s Enterprise Centre.



PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise

PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise is a non-profit that offers programs and services to women in Ontario who want to start or grow a small business, including getting started, scaling your business, and networking and resources with conferences, workshops, and events for continued development.



Business Women in International Trade
Government of Canada

This is a great source to find key contacts, trade events, marketing opportunities, and export advice from experienced businesswomen.



Job Bank
Government of Canada

The Government of Canada maintains this national job board which includes jobs available in trucking.



Women in Business New Brunswick

If you are a woman who owns at least half of your business, you can access support and resources to help your business grow and succeed through Women in Business New Brunswick.



Centre for Women in Business

As a Nova Scotia woman entrepreneur, you can access support and resources at any business stage through this business development centre.



Prince Edward Island Business Women’s Association

If you are a woman entrepreneur on Prince Edward Island, you can access services and support to foster the growth of your business through this association.



Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs    

If you are a woman entrepreneur in Newfoundland or Labrador, you can get help to start, grow, and advance your business through this organization.



Women’s Policy Office Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Find out about gender equity related activities, violence prevention initiatives, statistics and research on issues affecting women through this office.



WEConnect International in Canada

WEConnect can help your company get certified as a Women Business Enterprise to increase your access to contract opportunities in Canada and abroad.



WBE Canada Certification
Woman Business Enterprise Canada

If you are a women-owned business wishing to be certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise, this organization can evaluate your business readiness.



Women in Communications and Technology

Leadership development and mentoring services to help woman entrepreneurs in the communications sector achieve their goals.



Board Ready Women

This is a team of people who actively network to support women obtain board positions with recruitment opportunities, skill-building programs, and thought-provoking events.



Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Online Community
Idea Connector Network (ICN)

ICN is a social enterprise and independent organization that has been producing content and building its Aboriginal entrepreneurial online community since 2011.



Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC)

CAMSC operates as a private sector-led, non-profit membership organization of major multinational corporations operating in Canada. Its goal is to boost economic development efforts and employment.



Canadian Association of Women Executives and Entrepreneurs (CAWEE)

CAWEE connects Canadian businesswomen and is considered one of Canada’s most respected networking organizations, representing professionals from a broad range of disciplines, markets, and perspectives.



Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT)

CanWIT is a national volunteer organization that encourages young women to consider a career in a technology field and helps accelerate the careers of women already in the field.



Canadian Women’s Business Network (CWBN)

CWBN has been providing affordable, effective online advertising and resources to assist small businesses for 20 years.



Canadian Women’s Foundation

This foundation invests in the strength of women and the dreams of girls and advances gender equality through national and regional projects.



Workplaces that Work for Women

Catalyst Canada

Catalyst Canada is the leading non-profit research and advocacy organization dedicated to creating opportunities for women and business in Canada. The group has some of the world’s most powerful CEOs and leading companies among its members.



Organization of Women in International Trade  (OWIT)

OWIT is a volunteer-based non-profit organization of professional of women and men involved or interested in international trade and business.



Professional Women’s Network (PWN)

PWN is a Canadian non-profit organization that assists business women with connecting and referrals, as well as developing and leveraging strong business relationships, increasing profile and profitability, and contributing to the success of other business women.



WBE Canada

WBE Canada certifies majority-owned, managed, and controlled women’s businesses and helps them meet buyers and get access to bids for corporate contracts as part of supplier diversity programs.



Universal Women’s Network

The Universal Women’s Network is a global platform to advance women in their networks, communities, and workplaces. Members connect, celebrate, and recognize women along with men who SupportHER™ to empower women to succeed personally and professionally.



Women in Biz Network

This is a national organization with a community of 35,000 influential and collaborative women in business. They offer an online and in-person hub for business advice and advancement and welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, new Canadians, and people with disabilities.



Women in Communications and Technology (WTC)

WTC is committed to advancing women in Canada by providing opportunities for members to remain relevant and connected through strong relationships and continuous learning. It provides networking, mentoring, and educational opportunities for women in the telecommunications, media, and technology.



Women in Leadership Foundation

This is a national non-profit established to increase the number of women in leadership roles, provide education and mentorship on pertinent leadership topics, and help remove barriers to success.



Women of Influence

Women of Influence produces events across the country to connect women looking for mentors, or to connect with like-minded individuals on their path to success, or unique corporate entertainment.



Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO)

The members of the WPO are all women presidents of multimillion-dollar companies; they take part in professionally facilitated peer advisory groups to bring the “genius out of the group” and accelerate the growth of their businesses.



Women’s Enterprise Organizations of Canada (WEOC)

WEOC is committed to the growth of women’s entrepreneurship. It works with women’s enterprise support organizations to champion innovation, broaden expertise, and enhance collaboration.



Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA)

A networking organization for women at the management level in the maritime industry.



Women Unlimited Association

The Women Unlimited Association helps Nova Scotia employers address labour shortages in the skilled trades and technologies and connect women with well-paying, meaningful jobs.



Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA)

The CTA is a federation of provincial trucking associations that represents a 4,500 carriers, owner-operators, and industry suppliers. It represents the industry’s viewpoint on national and international policy, regulatory, and legislative issues that affect trucking.



Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA)

The Alberta Motor Transport Association is a province-wide, not-for-profit association formed to provide a voice for the highway transportation industry in Alberta.



Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA)

This association networks, advocates, and lobbies to address economic, health and safety, security, and environmental issues in trucking.



British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA)

BCTA is a province-wide, non-partisan, non-profit motor carrier association formed solely to advance the interests of British Columbia motor carriers.



Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA)

The Manitoba Trucking Association exists to develop and maintain a safe and healthy business environment for its industry members since 1932 and advocates on behalf of the trucking industry.



Ontario Trucking Association (OTA)

Since 1926, OTA has been the voice of responsible trucking in Ontario and represents all segments of the industry: for-hire carriers, private carriers, intermodal, and suppliers.



Quebec Trucking Association (ACQ)

Since 1951, the Quebec Trucking Association studies, advocates and works to advance the economic and social interests of its members.



Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA)

The Saskatchewan Trucking Association has been the leader and voice of truck transport since 1937. As proactive trusted advisors, the STA represents the collective interests of the truck transport industry through authentic advocacy and education.



Toronto Transportation Club

Toronto Transportation Club offers opportunities to expand personal networks, connect with professionals from all modes of transportation, and participate in networking and professional development opportunities just for women.



Hamilton Transportation Club

Hamilton Transportation Club provides opportunities for members to build professional and personal relationships through networking, continuing education, and events, including professional development for women.



Logistics Networking Organization

Traffic Club of Montreal

The Traffic Club of Montreal has been bringing transportation and logistics professionals together since 1926. The club offers networking for supply chain professionals, including events for women, and hosts an annual awards event to recognize the success of women in logistics.



Vancouver Transportation Club

This organization fosters and promotes shipper and carrier co-operation in transportation, promotes sociability and friendship, develops transportation policies, and inspires those in traffic work to the importance and dignity of their profession.



Saskatoon Transportation Club

A non-profit, volunteer organization whose primary purpose is to educate and promote all aspects of the logistics industry by facilitating social settings with other interested individuals, and arranging for guest speakers to share their knowledge and expertise.



Transportation Club of Moncton

The Transportation Club of Moncton has a vital role to play in nurturing, supporting and developing the growth of transportation and the transportation infrastructure in its region.



Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC)

PMTC is the only Canadian association dedicated to the interests of private fleet operators. It provides opportunities for fleet operators and industry stakeholders to exchange views and resolve issues together, and communicate those views to government.


Labour Market Information
Trucking HR Canada

Labour market information (LMI) is actionable intelligence pertaining to the supply and demand of labour. It puts raw data into context and facilitates better decisions by employers, workers, job seekers, policymakers, educators, career practitioners, academics, students, parents, and more. LMI at Trucking HR Canada includes publicly available sources, such as Statistics Canada’s census and labour force surveys, as well as qualitative and quantitative research directly from employers.



Funds for Fleets
Trucking HR Canada

Funds for Fleets is a free guide to government funding opportunities for employers in Canada’s trucking industry. Trucking HR Canada can help determine if an employer is eligible for government grants, complete the paperwork, and connect them to the decision makers.



Top Fleet Employers

The Top Fleet Employers program is a national program that recognizes the importance of having sound HR policies and practices in the trucking and logistics industry. Top Fleet Employers is not a competition – it’s recognition for those who meet HR standards of excellence. Fleets are recognized at a Gala Awards event.



HR and Training Resources (THRC)

Trucking HR Canada delivers a comprehensive collection of up-to-date guides, reports, templates, and more to support effective human resources management, recruitment, and retention efforts as well as quality and consistent training.



Labour Market Services Government of Saskatchewan

The ministry's Labour Market Services branch provides job searching, job matching, career planning, and job training services to Saskatchewan residents. These supports are designed to develop and match the skills of Saskatchewan workers with the skills needed by Saskatchewan employers.



Advancing Women in Trucking

Trucking Human Resource Sector Council Atlantic offers a toolkit and other free resources for Atlantic employers to help women entering and advancing their careers in the trucking sector.


Next Generation Certificate
Ontario Trucking Association (OTA)

The Next Generation Certificate program, delivered by the Humphrey Group, is an intensive leadership communication course for future leaders in the trucking industry. All registrants must be Ontario Trucking Association members in good standing.



Ontario Trucking Association (OTA)
Schulich Executive Education Centre Business Leaders Certificate (SEEC)

The OTA-SEEC Business Leaders Certificate program is offered in conjunction with the Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC) at York University and focuses on the theme of innovation, with the intention of creating an innovative mindset in leaders and using that mindset to drive innovation in the workplace.



Leadership Support for Women
Diversity Woman (USA)

Helping smart, savvy women of all races, cultures, and backgrounds achieve their career and business goals, Diversity Woman Media is designed for women business leaders, executives, and entrepreneurs of all races, cultures, and backgrounds with articles and programs designed to support women’s leadership goals.



Leadership Support, Non-Traditional Trades Business Training
Indigenous Leadership Development Institute

Based in Winnipeg, the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute is Indigenous-owned and operated and helps teach skills that are relevant to the construction and heavy trades. It also offers a women's program, and business leadership training for women including proposal writing, project management, HR development, and more.



Start a Business (Indigenous)

Grow business skills with the programs and services featured in British Columbia’s Indigenous Small Business Resources guide. Use the visual key to find leadership development, mentorship, skills training, financing, and loans.



USDOT’s Women and Girls in Transportation Initiative (WITI)

This program is designed to increase the participation of women in the transportation industry and prepare young women to become future leaders. The program creates opportunities towards careers and internships in the transportation industry, educates participants about opportunities in the transportation industry, and inspires them to enter the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.



Canadian Management Centre

Workshops, courses, and support for leadership development for women.



Report that makes the case for women in leadership
When women lead, workplaces should listen

This McKinsey and Company report on the benefits of female leadership outlines how female executives are empowered to do — and ask for — more after participating in women-only leadership programs. The report shows they value the opportunity to examine their strengths and shortcomings in the psychological safety of their peers, and use the experience as a springboard for personal development.



Leadership Training for Women
Leadership Management International (LMI)

The LMI’s Leadership for Women program is designed to help women overcome past conditioning, redefine their self-restrictions, and enrich their self-concept as a leader.



Leadership Training for Women
The Canadian Women’s Foundation Leadership Institute

The goal of the Canadian Women’s Foundation Leadership institute is to build the capacity of young emerging female leaders to fill future leadership positions. Initiatives include culturally-inclusive mentorship and leadership program for young women of colour, building girls’ leadership, and rethinking leadership — the next generation of leaders.



Leadership Training
The Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT)

WinSETT works in partnership and collaboration to advance the career success and leadership of women in science, engineering, trades, and technology (SETT) fields. The WinSETT Centre delivers a series of professional development workshops tailored to early to mid-career female engineers, scientists, and technologists.



Leadership Training for Indigenous Women
Alberta's Future Leaders Program

The Alberta's Future Leaders Program collaborates with Indigenous communities in Alberta to provide a multi-summer youth program with sport, arts, recreation, leadership, and cultural activities facilitated by mentors living and working in the community.


Coaching through COVID-19

By: Angela Splinter

In trucking, a successful game plan for recruiting and retention includes coaching. A great coach can get the best performance out of an individual or team by providing just the right mix of guidance, instruction, and support.

Many of our Top Fleet Employers have seen the benefits of coaching programs first-hand, including higher employee retention, better workplace morale, and positive impacts on safety.

With COVID-19 presenting new challenges and changes to our workplaces, a coach or mentor can focus on ways to connect with employees who may be feeling isolated or unmotivated.

With leaner budgets, and in some cases leaner teams, having a coach can be a cost-effective way to improve morale, increase productivity, and support overall employee well-being.

Let’s take a look:

Adapting your approach

Traditionally designed to help achieve organizational goals, we’re seeing a shift in coaching to focus on the employee and their overall performance and success.

Being a coach or mentor is different from being a manager who assigns tasks and monitors the work. Coaching is simply the act of listening, asking questions, and providing feedback so employees can be their personal best. Although coaches can be external to the organization, you can look to current staff to act as coaches as well.

Coaching tends to focus on performance and short-term skills, but a coach can also be an invaluable guide for employees who are dealing with changes that may be out of their control.

Support on-boarding

Coaching is often part of an effective on-boarding process. Experienced employees, for example, can spend time with new hires and personally answer questions about company practices, safety procedures, and more.

Virtual work arrangements mean more challenges for new hires. On-boarding procedures haven’t changed much, but the experience certainly has.

First impressions matter. How you welcome new employees and bring them into your company has an enormous impact on how engaged they are and how quickly they reach their full potential and productivity.

Incorporating coaches and mentors in the onboarding process will help.

Coaching your coaches

All roles are changing as the effects of the pandemic continue. Your managers and senior executives need to be equipped with the skills needed to perform at their best, too.

This may require providing professional development to your current managers to ensure they have the knowledge and comfort level with addressing these new challenges we are facing.

Investing in your employees is always a good thing to do. As we cope with COVID-19, it is becoming simply the right thing to do if we want our teams and teammates to perform their best.



Trucking HR Canada’s Top 3 Tips to Communicate Policy Changes to Employees

By: Katrina Pizzino

The new year will bring important changes to the Canada Labour Code. Come January 1, 2021, employers will need to ensure they maintain compliance with new Workplace Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations (the Regulations).  Part of ensuring compliance involves adequately and clearly communicating the regulatory changes to employees. This entails adhering to HR best practices of being transparent about these relevant changes.

Amongst other obligations, employers will need to develop a new company policy on harassment and violence, provide on-going education to employees, and develop a process to address and report claims of harassment and violence in the workplace. Employers should be mindful of the three main elements of the new anti-harassment and violence legislation contained in Bill C-65:

  • Prevent incidents of harassment and violence
  • Respond effectively to those incidents
  • Support affected employees


Here are our top 3 tips to help you get started:


  • Share the message visually in the workplace; display policies in common areas – such as lunchrooms or other staff common areas
  • Send out digital as well as hardcopies of new policies in the form of internal handbooks or guide updates
  • Hold a mandatory virtual staff meeting to communicate policy updates


  • Significant policy change requires a more immersive communication process so that employees understand the change at hand
  • Offer opportunities to follow-up or offer more guidance as necessary
  • Allow for open-ended sessions where employees can vocalize their feedback, and allow for anonymous feedback and questions after training sessions
  • Provide a welcoming environment for employees to feel safe and to be able to vocalize all their questions, concerns, or general comments
  • Address employee feedback openly, frankly, and in a timely manner


  • A good way to communicate a new policy or procedure is by identifying leaders within your team who can be “champions” amongst their peers
  • Leveraging leaders on your team can help make sure that employees can raise any questions or concerns
  • Supervisors or managers with a solid understanding of new policies and procedures are better placed to help employees and can ensure that appropriate protocols are being followed

Employers have increased responsibilities in matters of workplace health and safety and a duty to prevent, respond to, and support employees in matters of harassment and violence.

While communicating crucial information and change in the workplace is challenging, it can be simplified with the proper tools and resources to support you.

We can help you make sense of these new regulatory changes.  Our landing page has industry-specific tools and resources to help you learn more about anti-harassment and violence obligations. Starting in early January 2021, Trucking HR Canada will also offer affordable training that is industry specific and designed to help you meet the requirements in the new Regulations. Click HERE for more.

A Word From Worldskills

November 4, 2020 | By Guest Blogger: World Skills Employment Centre


Before the Covid-19 pandemic started, the trucking industry was already experiencing severe shortages of talent for their trucking positions and as much as 61% of trucking industry employers admitted to having trouble filling these types of positions in a span of the last 12 months.   Increasing the consideration of newcomers to Canada for these positions can help employers alleviate the vacancies for these roles. In the province of Ontario alone, newcomers/immigrants make up to almost 23% of the population and over 340,000 immigrants are expected to immigrate to Canada in 2020 alone.

Many employers such as the Federal Government, the City of Ottawa, TD Canada, RBC, COSTCO, Accenture, Business Development Canada etc. are tapping into this talent pool — adding global perspectives and experience to their workforce. Best of all, they find incredibly talented individuals who have an excellent understanding of the Canadian workplace and who are loyal to their employer. We have the largest pool of pre-screened newcomer talent in Ottawa who want to pursue truck driving as their career.  There are programs available to employers (conditions apply) that could help alleviate some of the costs associated with getting a new employee licensed and support for onboarding costs.


Looking for a solution?


World Skills, a non profit employment centre in Ottawa, has been a leader in enhancing newcomers’ economic integration into the Canadian economy for over 20 years. The centre helps immigrants incorporate into the workforce through employability assessments, employment competency building, job search training and support, cultural competency building, and language training.

To find out how to access these initiatives contact Theodros Haile

[email protected]


Career Pathway

Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Communities: An Employer Roadmap

Post COVID, Trucking Still Needs to Consider the Driver Shortage

Post COVID, Trucking Still Needs to Consider the Driver Shortage

By Angela Splinter

Before COVID-19 hit, the Canadian trucking and logistics sector was already experiencing an acute driver shortage.

It was literally the day before the World Health Organization designated coronavirus a global pandemic that Trucking HR Canada released The Road Ahead: Addressing the trucking and logistics industry labour shortages.

Our report sounds the alarm on many fronts: high driver job vacancies within the industry, low unemployment generally, and the need to reach young people and women in order to expand and diversify the driver pool. And government has to do a better job partnering with industry and investing in training and access to wage subsidies programs for young people.

Just when we thought our research was done, the effects of COVID-19 on employment meant we had more work to do.

In May of this year we did just that.

We again surveyed industry employers directly to get primary data on the labour market impacts of coronavirus and applied additional economic modeling.

This is important information. The economy is preparing to rebound, and the government says it will look to provide tailored solutions for employers.

Timely, accurate, and credible labour market intelligence is the key to reassessing the industry’s needs and finalizing recommendations for moving forward.

Let’s take a look at where we stand:

Employment Forecasts

For the first two quarters of 2020, employment in the trucking and logistics industry is expected to shrink by 10.4% for a loss of up to 72,000 jobs.

Long-haul and regional truck drivers are especially hard hit. All told, the number of drivers is expected to contract by 10.9%, which equates to 34,700 jobs or roughly one in two pandemic-related job losses in the industry.

The increasing shift toward online shopping means that delivery and courier drivers are expected to experience a slightly below-average decline in employment with an anticipated 7,500 job losses, mostly in retail and wholesale trade.

Cost of COVID-19

Employment in trucking and logistics is tied to economic activity.  And, the trucking industry expected to lose $3.2 billion in revenue this year. The latest forecast of truck driver employment is 296,600 in 2020, roughly 21,000 below our pre-COVID estimate of 317,600 for 2020.

The labour shortages the trucking and logistics sector was experiencing pre-COVID-19 should moderate in the near-term, however, as demand recovers, vacancies within the sector will return as early as 2022, especially among truck drivers.


While drivers remain in a slightly different position from the rest of the industry, the projections indicate that trucking and logistics employment will stabilize by the first quarter of 2022 while remaining at approximately 1% below pre-COVID-19 levels through 2023.

The truck driver occupation is projected to experience a relatively fast recovery. Demand for drivers is expected to stabilize by the fourth quarter of 2021 and attain or possibly exceed pre-pandemic labour market projections by 2023.

However, anticipated retirements and other labour losses by 2023 indicate that this demand is unlikely to be fully met over the next three years. This important and timely research has confirmed that COVID-19 has simply stalled the driver shortage and has not negated it.

The question is whether we’ll have the perennial driver recruitment and retention challenges, including an aging demographic and need to reach women and younger employees, over the next three years.

Essentially, we could be right back where we started. At a time when many fleets are working to get back to their business of supporting the flow of goods through Canada’s supply chain, those tailored solutions our government keeps talking about cannot come fast enough.

Survey Says: HR Managers Take Varied Approach to COVID-19

Survey Says: HR Managers Take Varied Approach to COVID-19

June 16, 2020 by Angela Splinter

Every employer across the country is feeling the impact of COVID-19 in its own unique way. But for HR professionals at truck fleets and logistics companies, they all have one challenge in common: making sure workers and especially truck drivers feel safe and secure in their jobs.

Trucking HR recently surveyed carriers, 3PLs, and freight brokers about the measures they have taken since the pandemic came to Canada and what they plan to do in the next three to six months. Let’s take a look:


Seventy-six percent of the employers we surveyed said they have laid off workers due to COVID-19, with 83% of those layoffs categorized as temporary. Layoffs of truck drivers were more prevalent in the short-haul segment and among employed drivers than contractors or owner-operators.

Dispatchers and mechanics were also affected, with 10% of employees laid off in each occupation.

Notably, employers that have already laid off workers said they are more likely to continue doing so over the next three to six months.

Employee-initiated departures

According to our survey, the most common reasons for leaves of absence and other types of employee-initiated departures were self-quarantine; the employee or a member of the household is at a high risk of contracting COVID-19; and family caregiving. Each reason was evenly cited among employers.

The combination of layoffs and employee-initiated departures reduced total truck driver employment across our sample by 11.4%.

Of particular concern to HR professionals is whether these employees have left temporarily or if we have lost them for good.

Reduced compensation

Not surprisingly, many employers have cut worker pay due to declining revenue. Roughly one in four employers in our survey have frozen salaries or wages for truck drivers. This measure was more common among companies transporting non-essential goods (31%) than those transporting essential items (15%).

Pay increases have been rare—13% of survey respondents said they are paying workers a premium due to COVID-19. Others are offering non-monetary rewards including flextime, child-care, and time off.

Another 15% of employers said they have provided truck drivers with monetary rewards such as gift cards.

Improving the image

The million-dollar question for our industry is this: has COVID-19 changed the stigma around working in the trucking and logistics sector?

The views are mixed.

On one hand, employers are divided about whether COVID-19 has made the job of truck driving more or less appealing.

While 35% of employers expect truck driving to be more attractive to prospective employees relative to pre-COVID, 23% believe the job will be less attractive, citing the attention brought to dismal working conditions and wages.

On the other hand, 29% of employers believe that COVID-19 has made trucking and logistics somewhat or much more attractive to other types of prospective employees (excluding truck drivers). This compares to only 4% who believe the attractiveness of the sector has declined for these potential employees.

Challenges ahead

It is interesting to compare these finding to another Trucking HR Canada study done in partnership with Abacus data where 54% of Canadians overall had a positive impression of trucking companies.

The Abacus study also showed that 85% of Canadians think a strong trucking sector is necessary for the economy to be healthy.

Yet barriers remain.

Despite the recognition brought to truck drivers for their essential role in keeping supply chains moving, people are still not rushing to join the industry. Just 35% of Canadians between the ages of 18 and 35 said they would consider a job in trucking and logistics.

And when we look at the huge government relief programs available, namely the Canadian emergency wage subsidy (CEWS), our survey of employers showed that among employers that have not applied for CEWS, the vast majority (85%) have not experienced the eligible revenue reduction to qualify for the subsidy.

At a time when trucking and logistics companies are working hard to survive, they are also essential to the survival of their customers. We cannot lose sight of the fact that our industry needs a level playing field when it comes to accessing government programs and initiatives for employees.

We have seen what supply chains look like when Canada is in the middle of a health crisis. We need a financially strong and resilient transportation industry so HR professionals can keep their truck drivers safe and prepared for the challenges ahead.


Get Ready for a Rebound from COVID-19

Get Ready for a Rebound from COVID-19

May 4, 2020 by Angela Splinter

Covid-19 has affected our industry and workforce in unprecedented ways.

Seemingly overnight, trucking and logistics firms transitioned from busy offices and terminals to remote work and virtual meetings. We shifted from acute labour shortages and packed trailers to layoffs and uncertain times for businesses and workers, all the while, this industry has kept essential goods moving.

Canada’s truck drivers have become national heroes. Warehouse workers, dispatchers, safety personnel, accountants, IT staff, and business leaders have also been catapulted to levels of public appreciation that none of us has ever experienced.

HR steps up to the plate

And another group has had to adapt suddenly and significantly too – our HR colleagues.

HR professionals have had to manage staffing changes, develop new working arrangements, ensure physical-distancing measures, check-in on the physical and mental well-being of employees, and navigate massive business relief programs sometimes all in the same day.

Their role has been and will continue to be essential to staff morale and business continuity.

As May flowers begin to open, it looks like our economy will, too (albeit slowly). Here are some ways that HR managers and their organizations can be prepared.

Remote working

Remote working is a new and perhaps enduring reality for many of us. For businesses, the current situation has shown that it’s possible for employees to be productive without coming into an office. HR folks are busy figuring out how and when to bring people back safely—if at all.

Now is the time to review your HR practices and policies and be ready for requests from employees who want to continue to have a flexible work arrangement.

This includes identifying which jobs and roles are best suited to remote working, and how to manage scheduling, reporting, technology, and issues like the security and confidentiality of information given the blurry lines between work and private life.

New workplace policies

There are legal ramifications to consider when it comes to overtime, leave, workplace safety, and financial arrangements between employers and employees who work remotely.

Self-isolation and quarantines will require new policies for reporting illnesses and returning to work. What are your protocols if an employee tests positive for Covid-19? What are the next steps to ensure the health of the individual and others that he or she may have come into contact with?

And procedures regarding layoffs, furloughs, and pay adjustments should be immediately reviewed in light of the circumstances.

Focus on technology

While employees will demand safe work environments that minimize human contact, so will health authorities. From health-assessment apps to digital documents and no-touch business processes, technology can help businesses be prepared for the predicted second wave and changes to the way we work in the future.

Having technology in place is just one piece of the puzzle.

HR people will need to ensure that the company has skilled staff to assess, manage, and analyze IT systems and processes. All kinds of businesses are scrambling now to hire IT people to support this shift, so be ready to commit the time and resources necessary for your HR team to compete and tackle the problem sooner rather than later.

It’s hard to know when the economy will rebound and more freight start to flow through supply chains again. But trucking and logistics companies that have their HR teams preparing for those days now will be best positioned to respond and profit when it does.

Until then, stay healthy and stay (virtually) in touch.