GATINEAU, Que. – The federal government is providing funding of $2.8 million to Trucking HR Canada through the Government of Canada’s Sectoral Initiatives Program (SIP), to develop the sectoral labour market information needed to shape the industry for the future.
This project supports the SIP’s goal to address current and future skills shortages by supporting the development and distribution of sector-specific labour market information. The project will develop bilingual innovative tools to help employers to recruit and retain employees from untapped labour pools, such as women, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, visible minorities, veterans/transitioning military personnel and youth.
There has not been an industry-validated sectoral labour market information in this sector since 2011. This project comes following a call for proposals in fall 2017 for the SIP, which will allocate $55 million over 3 years.
“The trucking and logistics industry is rapidly changing,” said Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking Human Resources Canada. “A strong economic outlook, low unemployment rates, workforce shortages and technological change are all impacting fleet operations across the country. This project will enable us to better quantify labour needs to inform the development of practical tools and resources that will support employers, as well as better connect job seekers to the numerous career opportunities the industry offers.”
For this project, Trucking HR Canada has partnered with the Canadian Trucking Alliance, which represents the majority of for-hire carriers across Canada.
The seven provincial trucking associations (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces) have also confirmed their support and commitment to the project. Engagement and consultation activities will be held across the country to ensure a national representation of the industry.
Sectoral labour market information reports will be released and made available online throughout the course of the project, which ends in summer 2021.