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HAMILTON, Ont. — The Truck Training Schools Association of Ontario
(TTSAO) said today that it believes great strides have been achieved
with the recently proposed Mandatory Entry Level Training standards, but
that the standard still needs work before it can fully endorse them.
The TTSAO, and other industry subject matter experts from various
carriers, training institutions and insurance fields were on the task
force to provide their input and feedback on the standards.
The TTSAO said for it to fully endorsed the proposed MELT standards, the following suggestions must be addressed:
Instructor qualifications needs to be discussed
Minimum requirements for training on a standard transmission should be included
A clear definition of online education needs to be outlines
Procedures for booking of road tests should be included
Vehicle configurations for training and testing need to be clear
Observation time in training yard should be included in the defined hours
Night time training should not be a requirement of the standard
Maximum training of 6 hours per day in cab is unacceptable
Clearly defined documentation to verify training hours are met is required
Too-tall truck gets jammed under Shaw Street railway bridge
A transport truck had its roof sheared off after its
driver attempted to travel beneath a railway bridge that crosses Shaw
Street near Dupont Avenue. A witness who spoke to CBC News said tall
trucks often make contact with this bridge. ( Petar Valkov/CBC)
A transport truck had the roof of its trailer sheared off "like
a can" after it became jammed under a railway overpass on Shaw Street
near Dupont Avenue on Tuesday.
The driver wasn't hurt, but a section of Shaw Street was closed to
traffic while crews worked to free the truck, which was too tall to
travel beneath the bridge.
Ryan Aberin was buying tile at a nearby hardware store on Dupont when he heard a sound that reminded him of a car accident.
"I heard a crash and I look over and there's a truck over there,
opened up like a can," he told CBC News. It sounded like lots of
metal hitting other metal very fast."
In a tweet, police said the bridge was being inspected for damage.
The roof of the truck's trailer contacted the
bottom of the Canadian Pacific Railway overpass on Shaw Street, near
Dupont Avenue. (Petar Valkov/CBC)
Nfld's Teddy Bear Convoy needs pledges for kids hospital
year’s top fundraising individual will win a trip for two to see the
Beach Boys in concert at Mile One Stadium in St. John’s on June 29.
JOHN’s, NFLD — The upcoming annual Teddy Bear Convoy for Newfoundland
and Labrador needs your help to raise funds for the Janeway Children’s
Volunteers with The Just For Kids Transportation Group have organized
the Sunday, June 5 event to take place in St. John’s, coinciding with
the annual Janeway Telethon.
In 2015, more than $40,000 was raised, and some 75 trucks drove in two convoys.
“Our goal this year is to exceed this amount and increase the number
of trucks participating,” announced event organizers. “The kids love to
see the trucks in the convoy and they will be the benefactors of your
participation. Please help us to help these kids.”
This year’s top fundraising individual will win a trip for two to see
the Beach Boys in concert at Mile One Stadium in St. John’s on June 29.
[Pledge sheets are available as a pdf below this article]
The Teddy Bear Convoy kicks off at City Tire’s Retread Plant on the TCH at 8:30 a.m.
“We will depart from there, as a convoy, and circle the hospital in
view of the children,” announced event organizers. “We will make a
presentation of a cheque to represent the funds collected, and then
return to City Tire for a barbeque social sponsored by Marine Atlantic
Inc. Similar efforts are being organized in Corner Brook, with the money
raised in that event to be included in our presentation to the
Donations can come from individuals or companies, but must be
recorded on a pledge sheet. Pledge sheets and money should be submitted
by June 3 to Jocelyn Miller at 709-722-1991 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations and pledge sheets for those participating in the convoy can
be submitted to the Just For Kids Transportation Group at City Tire on
June 5 before the convoy starts.
OTA lauds mandatory entry-level driver training for Class A drivers
TORONTO, Ont. – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) penned a
letter to the Ministry of Transportation’s Program Development and
Evaluation Branch touting a draft curriculum for mandatory entry-level
training (MELT) for Class A drivers.
In the letter, the OTA said the proposal to require 103.5 minimum
hours of instruction, including 58 hours of hands on the wheel,
one-on-one driver training, before being permitted to take a road test
would establish a new bar for effective learning compared to the current
situation where ‘licence mills’ are known to graduate driving students
after 24 hours or less of training.
“Coupled with new road and written examinations, the MELT Standard
will significantly raise the competency of Class A drivers at a very
early point in their occupation,” wrote OTA president David Bradley.
“This is in contrast to the historical reality of some drivers acquiring
minimal to virtually no occupational competency before seeking
employment in the industry. Establishment of the competency base
embedded in the MELT standard will allow motor carriers to provide
on-the-job experience that builds each driver’s competency to the level
required for occupational success.”
The OTA said it has been the ‘driving force’ behind the introduction
of MELT, with one of its member committees providing content for the
“As employers, OTA carriers have been concerned over the lack of
consistency in terms of the competencies possessed by newly-licensed
Class A drivers,” said Bradley. “As customers of the training
institutions, they have also been concerned over the inconsistent
standards of training provided those institutions. The lack of a MELT
standard also perpetuated the perception that truck driving is a
low-skill occupation – something the industry must overcome if it is to
resolve the long-term, chronic shortage of drivers.”
The OTA said it will continue to work with the ministry to address
any remaining issues with the MELT standard, and will cover the topic
during its Council Summit in Toronto June 22.
Leading trucking industry trade show attracts 18,820
TORONTO, Ont. – Truck World, the leading trade show for
Canada’s trucking industry, attracted 18,820 people this year – a record
number of qualified buyers.
“We attracted more people on each of the first two days than we did
during the opening days of any previous Truck World,” says Joe Glionna,
vice-president of Newcom Business Media Inc., which produces Truck World
and its companion Expocam trade show. “The crowds of buyers and
exhibitors speak to the strength of Canada’s trucking industry and the
There were 14,862 visitors who walked through the halls of Toronto’s
International Centre from April 14 to 16, interacting with 3,958
exhibitor representatives in more than 400 booths. Saturday’s “family
day” numbers dropped slightly, likely due to summer-like conditions in
The show also saw a noticeable increase in attendees from Canada’s
South Asian community, in a year when a new relationship was forged with
JGK Media, Glionna said. The company’s Desi Trucking magazine was named
the show’s official South Asian Media Partner.
International Truck and Engine Corporation was the event’s platinum
sponsor, while Shell and Manac were the gold sponsors. Truck World is
endorsed by the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) and the Canadian
Trucking Alliance (CTA). In opening remarks, David Bradley, CEO of the
Ontario Trucking Association, described the ongoing relationship with
Newcom Business Media Inc. and Truck World as one of the smartest
business decisions his association ever made.
The show kicked off with a keynote address by Murray K. Mullen, CEO
of the Mullen Group, the largest provider of specialized transportation
for Western Canada’s oil and gas industry. Other highlights included the
awarding of 2016 HighwayStar of the Year honours to Highland
Transport’s Joanne Millen-Mackenzie. That Newcom Business Media award
was sponsored by Chevron, Eberspaecher, Freightliner, and the
Owner-Operator’s Business Association of Canada.
An expanded Driver Recruitment Pavilion brought together carriers and
potential recruits who showed the promise of future highway stars.
In the day prior to the event, Newcom also hosted the new Canadian
Fleet Maintenance Summit in conjunction with PIT Group, bringing
together the Automotive Transportation Service Superintendents
Association (ATSSA), CTEA, OTA, and the Transportation Maintenance and
Technology Association (TMTA). That attracted close to 200 delegates.
Convoy in Pennsylvania on track to set world record
LANCASTER, Pa. — The annual Make-A-Wish Truck Convoy in Lancaster,
Pa. this past Mother’s Day might have set a world record for largest
This past Sunday, 590 trucks participated in the annual Make-A-Wish
Convoy where children got to ride up front with the truckers for the
event. The previous official record was 416 trucks, set in the
Netherlands, and is a high for the Make-A-Wish event which has been held
for 27 years. Official validation from the Guinness Book of World
will take a few months according to organizers.
The truck convoy saw close to 7,000 spectators who lined the 26-mile
loop in central Pennsylvania cheering for the truckers, who in turn,
honked their horns. More than 120 Make-A-Wish children rode in trucks
for the convoy. The day also featured a carnival fair for children
Organizers say the convoy raised more $350,000 for the charity that
grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Bear cub electrocuted after climbing hydro pole in Mary's Harbour
The cub was first discovered on the pole around 5:30 a.m. Sunday. (Submitted by Stacey Dyson)
A black bear cub didn't survive its climb up a hydro pole in Mary's
Harbour, Labrador as residents woke early Sunday morning to see the cub
apparently stuck high up, and its mother on the ground below.
"There was no movement from the bear, and the mother bear was
actually out right underneath the pole, just looking up," said Stacey
Dyson, who was alerted to the situation playing out in her yard around
Hydro workers used a boom truck to reach the cub. (Submitted by Stacey Dyson)
Dyson and her parents quickly called the RCMP, environment and
conservation officers and NL Hydro, while the mother bear paced the
"She was just kind of walking around the pole, going up and down the
road and up in other people's yards. It was kind of scary," Dyson told
"Then she'd come down here around our house, looking at us through the window."
NL Hydro confirmed the 34-kilogram cub was electrocuted after it
touched the transformer. But removing the bear's body took some effort
by police and wildlife officers.
"it was all pretty exciting," said Dyson.
"They were actually trying to get the mother bear away from the pole,
so the boom truck could get up and try to get the bear out of the hydro
The bear was eventually scared off, and NL Hydro workers cut power to
five customers in the area for about 20 minutes as they removed the
body of the cub.
Residents could see burn marks on the cub's face after it was removed from the hydro pole. (Submitted by Stacey Dyson)
Dyson said her mother got up close to it afterwards, to see burn
marks on its face. Although Dyson didn't venture that far, it's still
the closest encounter she's ever had with a bear.
"They do kind of come out into the community during the summer
months, but I've only seen them from a distance, so this was probably
the first time ever in my life that I've seen a bear this close."
NL Hydro said wildlife officers are still monitoring the area of southern Labrador.
OTA to address key regulatory changes at June summit
TORONTO, Ont. – The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is
providing a vital trifecta of workshops at the upcoming Council Summit
June 22 to prepare fleets for impending regulatory changes.
The first will be on electronic logging devices (ELDs) and will
feature Tom Cuthbertson, chairman of the ELD task force, technology and
Cuthbertson will focus on the new rules and enforcement for ELDs in
the US and how these changes will impact Canadian companies serving
The workshop will also include OTA vice-president of operations Geoff
Wood, who will explain how carriers can prepare themselves for Canada’s
anticipated ELD mandate.
The next workshop will showcase the Ontario Ministry of
Transportation’s Franca Ambrosio, Kim MacCarl and John Landolfi, as well
as the OTA’s Rolf VanderZwaag talking about the announcement of
mandatory entry-level training for the Class AZ licence and how fleets
can manage the driver certification program.
The final workshop will address medical marijuana and possible outright legalization of the substance.
The session will focus on changes to roadside enforcement in Canada
and the US, hiring practises and impacts on carriers’ ability to manage
safety in the workplace.
Barb Butler, Dr. Barry Kurtzer and Ross Wells will moderate the discussion.
The OTA Council Summit will include 16 workshops in total, is $50 for members to attend and includes a luncheon featuring Truck West and Truck News publisher and editorial director Lou Smyrlis interviewing OTA CEO David Bradley.
Winnipeg trucker filling trailer with donations for Fort McMurray evacuees
'I didn't think people would respond the way they did,' trucker says
Winnipeg Truck Driver, Kyle Pachkowsky, has organized a
donation drive collecting necessities for evacuees affected by Fort
A Winnipeg truck driver hopes Manitobans will help him fill a truck
trailer with supplies for Fort McMurray evacuees. Kyle Pachkowsky says
if he was in the same situation he would hope for the same kind of help.
The driver from RBP Trucking asked his family to get a trailer filled up with donations before he arrives back from the road.
"When a city's burning down and everybody's moving from one city to
another city, I'm sure there's going to be a lot of people that need
stuff," Pachkowsky said by phone.
Peterbilt Manitoba donated space in its parking lot for the trailer.
Pachkowsky came up with the idea after he spoke with his cousin who
lives in Lac La Biche. Hundreds who have found shelter there are now
lacking the bare necessities. Here are the items he is asking people to
Diapers, baby wipes and baby food
Soap, shampoo, feminine hygiene and toothpaste .
Socks,underwear and clothing (new only)
Suitcases and backpacks
Rebecca Matais is one of the people who stopped by to drop off some items.
"I couldn't imagine losing everything that I have, especially with the baby too. It's good to give whatever you can."
Kyle Pachkowsky's relatives help load truck trailer with donations at Peterbilt Manitoba. (CBC Manitoba)
Lisa Paillé with Peterbilt Manitoba said the response from Winnipeggers so far has been great.
"As of 8 a.m. my phone hasn't stopped ringing with people calling
wanting to know: 'is this for real? Is this truly
happening?'" Paillé said.
"Honestly it seems like everyone is taking it on to donate and help out as much as they can," said Paillé.
Donations will be accepted until 9:00 p.m. and until dinner time
tomorrow when Pachkowsky hopes to be on the road back to Alberta with a
trailer full of donations. He said more trailers are at the ready for
another shipment of donations.
Truck Carrying Wind Mill Tower Topples Over Near The Forks
Traffic is delayed on Route 201 near The Forks, after a truck carrying a wind tower rolled onto its side. It happened in Johnson Mountain Township Monday morning, according to Jackman Town Manager Matt Pineo, who was at the scene.
According to Pineo, the rear steering linkage locked up as the truck
was climbing uphill, causing the wheels of the truck to go sideways.
The truck took out about 400 feet of guardrail, says Pineo, as well as a utility pole.
No one was injured. The truck was out of Canada.
The wind tower is still attached to the trailer of the truck.
The northbound lane of Route 201. otherwise known as the Old Canada Road, is blocked.
Maritime personal care donations arrive in Edmonton, more on the way
Transport truck filled with sorted and boxed toothbrushes, soap, diapers
The first of four trucks from the Maritimes arrived in
Edmonton with emergency supplies for those driven from their homes in
Fort McMurray. (Ryan Aspinall)
A transport truck from Halifax, filled from top to bottom with boxed
personal care items, has arrived in Edmonton, Alta., and three more
trucks will arrive this week.
Cape Breton businesswoman Megs Farrell is one of the driving forces
behind the initiative to provide some comfort to people forced to
flee their homes in Fort McMurray after the wildfire two weeks ago.
Farrell says she started asking how to help almost as soon as the crisis developed.
"We contacted the Alberta Emergency Management Agency, basically as
they were putting out the call for the mandatory evacuation for the
entire city of Fort McMurray," she said.
"We asked the best way that Atlantic Canadians could engage if they were unable to make cash donations."
The unloading begins. (Ryan Aspinall)
Farrell says after that initial conversation, she helped connect a
group of like-minded people all over the Maritimes, "and we co-ordinated
what became an absolutely massive effort."
Farrell says it was decided that volunteers would assemble what they called a seven-day needs box.
"So the boxes were labelled by age, gender, as well as sizing," she
explained. "So, if I had, for example, an infant son who wore between
six to nine months, I would go in and ask for that box."
Farrell says the contents of that particular box would include seven
pairs of pajamas, 14 outfits, diapers, children's Motrin,
a toothbrush, baby wipes, diaper cream, and diapers.
Boxes for adults would include toiletries, socks and underwear, among other emergency items.
The first truckload left Halifax last Thursday and arrived at the
Alberta Emergency Relief sorting facility in Edmonton early this
A second truck left Sydney Monday night.
Another truck will leave from Halifax and a fourth will head to Edmonton by way of Fredericton.
ON — Quebec trucking company Transport Leo Labelle Inc., and a driver
with the fleet, are facing charges in relation to the wheel-off death of
a 69-year-old male driver on Jan. 27.
The wheel-off occurred in the northbound lanes of Highway 400,
between King and Aurora roads, just after 9 a.m. A set of dual wheels
from the trailer snapped off and struck an SUV belonging to Paul Philip
Koenderman, of Burlington, ON, who later died in hospital.
Ontario Provincial Police has charged Bruno Bergeron, 30, of St. Rouyn-Noranda, QC, with criminal negligence causing death.
Transport Leo Labelle Inc. — already struggling with a downgraded
conditional status due to a series of mechanical and safety mishaps —
faces a Highway Traffic Act charge of wheel separation from a commercial
Driving for Profit full-day seminar only a few weeks away
LONDON, Ont. – Driving For Profit: Best Practices from the Best Fleets, a full day workshop put together by NAL Insurance and CarriersEdge is coming up in a couple of weeks on June 1, 2016.
The day’s focus will be geared towards discussing best practices
uncovered during the 2016 Best Fleets to Drive For program, along with
current issues in driver wellness and owner/operator contract
“The 2016 edition of Best Fleets to Drive For uncovered a wide range
of simple but effective ideas for creating great workplaces and we’re
looking forward to sharing them”, said Jane Jazrawy, CEO of
CarriersEdge. “Driving for Profit has always done a great job of
providing relevant, actionable information for fleet owners, and we’re
excited to be working together for this event.”
“Since inception, Driving For Profit has been about helping fleets
improve their bottom lines”, added Glenn Caldwell, v.p. of Sales and
NAL Insurance. “By partnering with Best Fleets to Drive For we can
expand that even further and showcase a great selection of proven
Driving For Profit: Best Practices from the Best Fleets is sponsored by Dalton Timmis.
“This is the 5th time that Dalton Timmis has sponsored one of our
events and we are happy to have their support again this year. Dalton
understands the importance of providing valuable education to their
clients and the transportation industry,” added Caldwell.
The joint seminar will take place at the Mississauga Grand in
Mississauga, Ont. and is set to take place from 9 a.m. until 3:45 p.m.
Tickets are available at www.drivingforprofit.com
for $199, with an early bird price of $149 until April 29.
Complimentary passes will be provided to NAL and CarriersEdge customers,
and Best Fleets to Drive For participants.
Canadian truck driver charged with attempting to smuggle Polish citizens over Pe
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Canadian man is facing
serious charges for attempting to smuggle in two illegal aliens to the
U.S. over the Peace Bridge on March 1.
Leszek Budzyna, 50, a Canadian citizen, allegedly told Customs and
Border Protection agents that he needed to enter the U.S. with his
commercial truck to pick up a trailer to haul. Under a second
inspection, authorities utilized an x-ray to reveal suspicious objects
in the cab of the truck.
After telling agents he was traveling alone, officers located Monika
Gondek, 47, and Mariusz Madej, 54, two citizens of Poland. All three
were immediately arrested.
Budzyna faces charges of alien smuggling and making false statements.
Gondek and Madej face charges of eluding examination and inspection by
Each faces prison time if found guilty. They’ll return to court at a later date.
ORILLIA, Ont. — A great man and a major figure in the Canadian trucking world has left us. Ken Hellawell, in his 85th year,
passed away in Orillia on May 8, 2016. To say he will be missed would
be an outrageous understatement. He was such a pillar in the trucking
safety world, and involved in so many initiatives – a pioneer of truck
safety in so many ways.
Back in 1964 a small group of safety managers and stakeholders met at
the Seaway Hotel on Lakeshore Blvd., in Etobicoke, Ont. Ken was there
representing OK Express along with Stan Bond from Smith Transport and a
handful of others. This was the genesis of the Transportation Safety
Association and the Fleet Safety Council that carries on to this day.
I met Ken when I started working OK Express, where he was
driver-trainer-consultant, probably in the mid-1970s. But before that
time he’d already enjoyed a storied career driving for Smith Transport
out of Commissioners Street in Toronto, running Montreal along old Hwy.
His son Darren tells me he was involved with the move to piggyback
trailers via rail in the early 1960s and I do recall him showing me some
pictures of Smith Transport’s pigs getting chained down beside the
Lakeshore from those times.
Ken Hellawell taught me to double clutch, probably in 1976-77 or so,
in an underpowered Hino diesel. Ken sat beside me showing me the ropes
as we roller-coasted the hills on Hwy. 400. But the really interesting
connection for me is that Ken used to write a column in Truck News, and probably inspired me to start writing about trucking and its community.
Ken had a long career as owner of ProTrans, his truck safety
consulting business, and worked with many carriers. But Ewen Steele,
past president of the Ontario Truck Driver Championships remembers him
fondly from the yearly competitions.
“A fixture in truck driving championships from being a competitor, a
sponsor, a president of the championships and an ambassador. Driver,
fleet owner, sponsor – he knew them all – and they knew him. Rarely was
there a new person show up on the scene that Ken didn’t engage in
conversation. The world is not likely to see another like Ken, that
mould was broken long ago,” Steele reminisces.
As a journalist, I’d run into him over the years at various safety
awards dinners, but I was shocked to hear about his passing. He had been
suffering from bone cancer and we’d lost touch.
He is survived by six children: Karen, Doug, Robin, Darren, Brent and
Jody, and was a loving grandpa to numerous grandkids. A celebration of
his life is being held June 5 2-4 p.m. at the Lindsay Legion, 12 York
Street North, Lindsay, Ont
Look out for the SNYP truck: Canada's first mobile spay-neuter clinic
Toronto launches a mobile clinic to help limit the spread of unwanted strays
Toronto has bought a mobile veterinary clinic that will tour the city's neighbourhoods to spay and neuter pets.
It'll be called the SNYP truck — which stands for Spay and Neuter Your Pet.
The goal of the truck is to remove barriers — both financial and
geographical — that prevent people from getting cats and dogs fixed.
Toronto will be the first city in Canada to employ a mobile spay and
Toronto Animal Services will operate the truck. The agency says it
will serve both dogs and cats owned by Torontonians of every stripe, but
will focus on cats and neighbourhoods where strays are more rampant.
"We want to target those people in Toronto who otherwise do not have
access to a veterinarian," said Mary Lou Leiher, the manager of
partnerships and marketing at Toronto Animal Services.
Transportation and cost tend to be the biggest barriers for people to
get their pets spayed and neutered. Leiher said information from Animal
Services points to neighbourhoods where stray animal intake is the
"If animals are not spayed or neutered, then they are multiplying," she said.
No cost to the city
The truck is more than 12-metres long and will include a stainless
steel operating table, 35 cages for animals that can be partitioned off
to fit as many as 70 animals.
A Toronto Animal Services veterinarian works with a feline in the SNYP Truck. (Toronto Animal Services)
Toronto Animal Services purchased the truck outright with a $250,000 grant from PetSmart Charities.
It will combine that grant and private donations to cover the ongoing operating costs.
The goal is to offer the same services veterinary clinics currently
offer, only in the truck, which Toronto Animal Services describes as
The SNYP Truck will be unveiled on Wednesday at Nathan Phillips
Square from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a live band and food trucks. It will
begin operation by appointment only at first, and then Animal Services
will use an outreach coordinator to let people know when the truck will
be in their neighbourhood.
Atlantic provinces buy 1,000 alcohol ignition locks
Trucks was the first truck maker in the world to introduce an
alcohol-screening ignition lock as an aftermarket accessory in 2002.
PEI — The governments of Canada’s four Atlantic Provinces have
completed a joint procurement process for 1,000 alcohol-screening
ignition-interlock devices to fight impaired driving on the region’s
The deal was announced May 2 under a five-year joint-procurement
initiative between each province and Alcolock Canada of Toronto, the
company providing the ignition devices.
Atlantic Canadians install the alcohol-screening devices as part of
driver licence reinstatement following a conviction for impaired
driving. Once installed in a vehicle, these devices prevent it from
being started and driven unless the driver can provide an alcohol-free
breath sample free. The use of these devices is typically imposed by
courts or voluntarily assumed by a driver as part of conditions
following a suspension for an impaired driving conviction. The costs of
installing and monitoring will be paid by the individuals involved.
“On Prince Edward Island, we have seen a reduction in the rate of
impaired driving, but the only acceptable goal is to strive for complete
elimination of the risk posed by drivers intoxicated by alcohol,”
announced Paula Biggar, Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and
Energy for PEI. “Interlock systems will allow people with a history of
impaired driving to return to the road subject to their ability to prove
they are alcohol free.”
Volvo Trucks was the first truck maker in the world to
introduce an alcohol-screening ignition lock as an aftermarket accessory
Trucking HR Canada report makes case for diversity
ON – Trucking HR Canada, an organization that promotes the industry’s
best practices in human resources, has unveiled a report that makes the
business case for diverse workplaces.
Changing Workforce combines labor market data and practices
already established by fleets including Bison Transport, Canada Cartage,
Kriska Transportation, Northern Resource Trucking, Trimac
Transportation, and Westcan Bulk Transport.
trucking industry needs to ensure it attracts, recruits, and retains
the skilled workforce needed to support effective and efficient
operations. Recruitment and retention strategies that adapt to the
ever-changing and increasingly diverse pool of available talent are
needed,” says Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada. “Our business
case, and related case studies highlights best practices in this area,
and show how businesses that embrace diversity profit in many ways.”
There are clearly more opportunities to attract
workers from diverse backgrounds including visible minorities,
Aboriginal peoples, women, and people with disabilities. Women, for
example, account for just 3% of the nation’s truck drivers even though
they represent 48% of Canada’s workforce.
“There are opportunities to reach out to these underutilized sources of talent,” Changing Workforce concludes.
The benefits for fleets are not limited to meeting labor needs.
Increased diversity is shown to reduce turnover, improve productivity,
lower wage and training costs, enhance health and wellness, and more.
Additional resources currently being piloted with
industry employers include mentorship materials for women, ways to
assess the physical demands associated with specific trucking
occupations, and a guide to connect employers with organizations serving
people with disabilities.