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Take care of truck driver health

December 10, 2018 by John Smith

With so much focus on attracting new truck drivers, it’s surprising we don’t pay more attention to keeping the ones we have alive longer. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), the average life expectancy of a commercial […]

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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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Quebec attracting small share of immigrant truck drivers

November 22, 2018 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. – Quebec is not alone in its search for new truck drivers, but the province is less likely than its counterparts to attract immigrants to the driver’s seat — and it’s certainly proving itself to be a distinct […]

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Canadian truck drivers more educated than ever

October 22, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Many Canadian drivers have been known to joke that they have a PhD – standing for professional highway driver. But, as a rule, they are also more formally educated than ever before. The Changing Face of Trucking research […]

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Drivers face tougher tests with legal marijuana

October 18, 2018 by John Smith

MILTON, Ont. – Cross-border truck drivers who already face drug screening are not the only ones who face restrictions under Canada’s new framework for legalized recreational marijuana. Impaired driving rules have been refined at federal and provincial levels, said Alex Bugeya of Frontline Commercial Vehicle Solutions, during a presentation hosted by the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC).

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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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Are your driver drug test records secure?

April 6, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. – Cross-border drivers face drug tests when they’re hired, after an accident, and randomly throughout the year. But once you give a sample, what happens to the medical data? It’s a similar question to one that researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto asked in a study of five teaching hospitals, including clinics and physicians’ offices.

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Trucking companies should be worried about marijuana: Boisvenu

March 4, 2018 by John Smith

MONTREAL, Que. — The federal government has promised to legalize marijuana this year, as early as July 1, but more likely this fall. No matter when it comes, there will be challenges for the trucking industry – particularly when it comes to testing regimes.

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Do you know Canada’s top driver or O/O?

January 16, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – The search is on for Today’s Trucking’s 2018 Highway Star of the Year – the honor reserved for Canada’s top driver or owner-operator. Nominations are now open for the award, which will be presented during the Truck World trade show that runs April 19-21 in Toronto. And there’s more than bragging rights at stake with more than $15,000 in cash and prizes.

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Healthy Fleet to launch app in April

March 6, 2017 by sehui

LONDON, ON – Healthy Fleet, an organization dedicated to promoting healthy habits to those in the trucking industry, is asking carriers to enter their May-June Healthy Fleet Challenge, as they prepare to launch a new health tracking and coaching app.

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Driver turnover rate continues to rise: ATA

January 28, 2015 by Allan Janssen

ARLINGTON, VA – Economist with American Trucking Associations says turnover at truckload carriers is high, as driver market remains tight.

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Manitoba to jump-start trucking safety program

December 17, 2014 by TEONA Baetu

WINNIPEG, MB- The Manitoba Trucking Association wants to establish an industry‐based safety program to provide relevant safety and health services targeted to the needs of our work environment, which would help trucking companies save on Workers’ Compensation Board premiums.

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No University Degree, No Go?

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

TORONTO – Last week, in a story about the Canadian workforce, the Globe and Mail quoted a Doctor Harvey Weingarten, President and CEO of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO), on the matter of truck driving. Weingarten was quoted as saying he had met a Canadian carrier who insisted his drivers have university degrees.