The Canadian government has set priority programs to bring in immigrants who can drive long-haul trucks within and across Canadian provinces. Over the past few years, the demand for truck drivers in the transport industry has increased in different provinces.
There has been a huge reduction and shortage of workers in Canada with the transportation industry in Canada included. The shortage coming as a result of retired and over-aged workers in Canada, and the addition of new Long-Haul trucks.
To ensure the shortage of workers and long-haul truck drivers is reduced, the Canadian government introduced policies that offer work visas to immigrants who qualify for this occupation.
This is a good opportunity for immigrants who are looking for a fast track or path to Canada but first you must know how to drive and have a valid driver’s license. Although you will be required to obtain a new driver’s license in Canada as a long-haul driver. That means you will actually be tested to confirm you are a driver, and you must show years of experience and work.
Typically, a long-haul trucker might spend up to 14 days at a time on the road, working 12-hour shifts, with three days off in between.
The average salary ranges from $55,000 to $65,000, although drivers are often paid bonuses by the mile, enabling them to earn significantly more.
The provinces with the most demand for truck drivers are Quebec, Alberta, Ontario, and British Columbia, with estimated vacancies of 837, 546, 494, 427 respectively.
These provinces have separate streams under their respective provincial program, created specifically to invite skilled workers and some semi-skilled workers to their province. The different provincial nominee program has its unique requirement and rules for eligibility.
Duties Of A Long-Haul Truck Driver
- The basic job of a Long-Haul truck driver is to move goods, heavy-duty products and sometimes dangerous from one location to another.
- Oversee all aspects of vehicles, such as the condition of equipment, loading and unloading, and safety and security of cargo
- Perform pre-trip inspection of vehicle systems and equipment such as tires, lights, brakes, and cold storage
- Perform emergency roadside repairs
- Obtain special permits and other documents required to transport cargo on international routes
- Record cargo information, distance traveled, fuel consumption and other information in a logbook or on-board computer
- Communicate with the dispatcher and other drivers using citizens’ band (CB) radio, cellular telephone and on-board computer