It may seem like an odd shortage to have but Canada is in growing need of truck drivers. With a small population spread over the second-largest country in the world, the country is looking towards immigrants to solve this employment issue. It has been announced that they hope to introduce over a million new workers into their economy within the next 3 years. We have compiled a list of reasons why this is actually a well-paying job and we explain how to immigrate to Canada as a truck driver.
With the shortage expected to grow to 500, 000 open positions in the next 5 years, your chances of immigration in this field are fairly high with the application to the correct program. The average age of truck drivers in Canada is 48, meaning that an incoming younger population of potential residents have quite a long career-span ahead of them as the workforce continues to age. Our regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) have a wealth of knowledge surrounding immigration policy and the over 70 different programs on offer. We can help to guide you through the process, paving the way to permanent residence in no time. Start Your Journey Now
Why Consider Being a Truck Driver in Canada?
Being a long-haul truck driver has plenty of perks including a salary of between $55, 000 and $70, 000 per year (as well as some bonus payments). The industry varies in terms of what you can do as a truck driver which also moves the pay scale up or down accordingly. For this reason, we recommend jobs that cover the longer routes cross-country which guarantee you a higher salary and more benefits. The schedule is fairly flexible with some trips taking place over several months or for just a week. You also have the opportunity to negotiate with your employer to determine how long you would like to work and how many days you will have off in a month.
Driving can also be an interesting way of seeing the Canadian cityscapes and wilderness. Pass by wonders like the Rockies with its neighboring forests and fjords as well as the major cities such as Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal, all destinations that need resources delivered. There’s also a lot more social interaction than one might think. Take hold of opportunities to become a team driver where you interchange with other truckers around the country or even pair up with a spouse who can travel (and drive) around the scenic landscapes with you.
What are the Next Steps?
The process of how to immigrate to Canada as a truck driver is fairly simple once you’re aware of the different programs. In order to be considered from the start, you will need a valid license and a clean driving and criminal record. You will need to do a medical screening with a professional, train according to Canadian truck-driving laws, and pass a written test before applying.
Most truck drivers searching for employment in Canada begin by entering the Temporary Foreign Worker Program that gets them access to the country to begin working for a Canadian employer. When applying for this, you already need to have all the above requirements in place or underway to be considered. The employer will then extend an offer and once this is in motion, you are invited to apply for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. For the purpose of fast-track (within 6 months) immigration, you need to create a profile for the Express Entry system.
Before or while working for a Canadian employer on this temporary basis, you can apply online with an ‘Expression of Interest’ to a specific province in Canada. If you meet the criteria, the province will then invite you to apply to a stream within the Provincial Nominee Program for a provincial nomination. An example of a provincial subcategory is the ‘Long-Haul Truck Driver Project’, part of the Provincial Nominee Program’s Saskatchewan Experience Category. This route is dedicated to getting trucking firms to bring long-haul truck drivers through to Canada on a Temporary Foreign Worker Permit. Once you’ve gone through the above process and met the criteria for the chosen province (which is subject to change), the province will nominate you to be considered for residency. This adds 600 points to your ranking under the Comprehensive Ranking System score of your profile. These points help you rank higher against other applicants in the Express Entry system’s pool, which boosts your chance of being drawn with the next round of successful applicants. Am I Eligible? Check Now
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