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Trucking is the lifeblood of many Canadian industries, as just about every major store relies on it to receive new goods from distributors. The reliance on transport trucks is only going to increase, and this means that truck drivers are in big demand in Canada. Canada has a high demand and job vacancies for long-haul truck drivers (HGV Drivers), as it remains an ongoing challenge in the Canadian transportation industry. 

According to the Conference Board of Canada, the Canadian truck transportation sector alone is expected to require at least 153,000 additional workers by 2021 and an average of 14,100 in 2020.

The Canadian Provincial Governments have responded to the truck driver shortage with special immigration streams that make it possible for experienced truck drivers to work and live in Canada. Popular streams, pilots and programs include the Saskatchewan Long-Haul Truck Driver Project, Ontario’s In-Demand Skills Stream and the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.

It is an excellent career choice for any newcomer to Canada, and there are many companies looking to hire foreigners and recent immigrants. 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.

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