Did you know the trucking industry is one of the largest employers in Canada? There are currently 23,000 job vacancies in the industry, which is expected to increase to 55,000 by 2024. It’s an excellent career opportunity for newcomers or those who don’t want to spend four years at a university. A truck driving program is typically five weeks long and you’re highly likely to get a job immediately after clearing the test. However, commercial trucking isn’t for everywhere. You spend long hours on the road by yourself and sometimes stay away from family for a couple weeks. Read along as we answer more questions.
What are the responsibilities of a long haul truck driver in Ontario?
A long haul truck driver has more responsibilities than a day truck driver. Your typical duties would include:
- Conduct pre and post trip inspections of the equipment, tires, storage unit, lights, and brakes
- Perform emergency roadside repairs
- Obtain permits and licences required to transport goods on international routes
- Record detailed information about your trip including goods, distance travelled, fuel usage, and any other information your employer requires you to
- Coordinate with other drivers and dispatchers in your company
- Overall maintenance of the vehicle and your equipment
- Monitor loading and unloading goods including quality checks
- Should be comfortable driving as a two-person team during longer journeys or tricky routes
- Know how to handle hazardous cargo
Can I work as a truck driver on a work permit?
If you have an open work permit, you can work as a truck driver in Canada. However, you can only work on international routes if you are a Canadian citizen or have the correct permit to work in the US. If you don’t have an open work permit, you can apply for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, which allows employers to hire people without a work permit if that particular industry is facing labour shortages. It is only a short-term permit and you must assure the Canadian government, you’ll leave once it expires.
How much can I earn working as a truck driver in Ontario?
Truck drivers in Canada can expect to make around $24.93 per hour. With recent labour shortages, you’re likely to get a better paying job and also several benefits including medical, dental, and RRSP. The salary range for a long haul driver is $55,000 to $65,000 per year, very close to careers people choose after graduating from a university.
How do I become a truck driver in Canada?
To become a truck driver in Canada, you need to have a clean driving record and attend the MELT program at an authorised school in your city.
Here are the specific requirements:
- be at least 18 years old
- hold a valid Ontario licence other than G1, G2, M, M1 or M2
- pass a vision test
- submit a valid medical report
- pass a knowledge test about operating large trucks and tractor-trailers
- complete a mandatory entry level training course
- pass a road test using a vehicle that meets the requirements for a full Class A
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