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Truckers satisfied with jobs, but 1 in 4 still looking

May 22, 2019 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – Those who work in Canada’s trucking industry appear relatively satisfied in their jobs, according to a monthly reader poll conducted by Today’s Trucking. Forty-one percent of those who participated in the Pulse Survey said they were satisfied […]

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Labor shortage ‘our fault’, speaker says

April 12, 2019 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. – Recruitment and retention challenges took center stage at the Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit in Montreal this year. According to Bernard Boulé, general manager of Camo-Route, there are currently 1,485 vacant heavy vehicle mechanic positions in Quebec. About […]

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Forestry sector’s truckers face growing challenges

April 5, 2019 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. – Canada’s forestry sector is worth an estimated $20 billion a year, but those who haul logs from the forest to sawmill are experiencing the weight of factors from wildfires to lumber tariffs.

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Truck comforts seen as powerful recruiting tool

March 20, 2019 by John Smith

ATLANTA, Ga. – Some fleets look at a truck’s creature comforts as an added cost, but it might be time to see such spec’s as an investment in driver recruiting and retention. Like any investment, though, some will deliver a bigger return than others.

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Trucking’s Newsmakers of 2018

December 29, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – A new year is on the horizon. Given that, we thought it was a good time to choose the trucking industry’s Top 10 Newsmakers of 2018.

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5 tips to amp up your truck driver recruiting ads

December 6, 2018 by John Smith

An intensifying shortage of truck drivers continues to top the list of challenges cited by carriers. But with so many people chasing many of the same drivers, how can carriers stand apart from the competition? Here are a few tips that will help enhance your recruiting ads.

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‘No reason to worry’ about slowing economy: Costello

October 30, 2018 by John Smith

AUSTIN, Texas – Bob Costello, the chief economist for the American Trucking Associations, is confident that the second-longest economic expansion in U.S. history will continue – despite some signs of softening in recent months. “There’s no reason to worry,” he […]

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Spear goes on offensive in ATA address

October 29, 2018 by John Smith

AUSTIN, Texas – American Trucking Associations president and CEO Chris Spear went on the offensive during his annual state of the industry address today, calling for changes to everything from minimum driving ages to new drug testing tools and a massive infrastructure investment.

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Trucking continues to face a gender divide

October 25, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Shelley Uvanile-Hesch is a rarity. Of the 181,330 tractor-trailer drivers working in Canada’s trucking industry in 2016, barely 3% were women, according to Newcom Media’s Changing Face of Trucking research. In contrast, women made up about half (47%) the entire workforce overall.

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Industry bullish on economy: survey

October 17, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Canada’s trucking industry appears to be bullish about the state of the economy this year, findings of the monthly Today’s Trucking Pulse Survey show. Still, people remain aware about potential threats. The driver shortage was cited by […]

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Driver shortage is (economic) drag

October 10, 2018 by John Smith

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – When Canadian Trucking Alliance president Stephen Laskowski took his turn at the mic during the annual Surface Transportation Summit, he was quick to refer to trucks parked against fences along nearby Dixie Road. They’re not idled because of a lack of business opportunities, he stressed. It’s because of a lack of truck drivers.

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Our Changing Face: Driver demographics are changing. They must.

September 24, 2018 by John Smith

In recent years, a significant share of truck drivers include those who have crossed borders in their career paths — immigrants, Temporary Foreign Workers, and new Canadians all.

In particular, a massive share of those who turn wheels for a living now wear turbans rather than the traditional trucker cap.

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The Changing Face of Trucking: A demographic shift

September 24, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Immigrants from South Asia have accounted for a massive shift in the demographics of Canada’s truck drivers, according to an unprecedented research project conducted by Newcom Media’s editorial teams, drawing on more than 25 years of Canada Census data.

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Temporary Measures: Experienced truck drivers are available — beyond our borders

September 24, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker program offers a path to recruit experienced drivers from other countries. But it’s no easy path to take.

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How well do you understand South Asian drivers?

August 8, 2018 by John Smith

I was disappointed when I read headlines about the “Indian” driver who was criminally charged for the horrific Saskatchewan accident that involved the Humboldt Broncos’ team bus. If guilty he should face justice, but I’m not sure where he was born has anything to do with it. I’m guessing if the driver were Italian it would not have been mentioned.