How to Immigrate to Canada as a Truck Driver
If you are a truck driver, you are in luck because it is currently one of the highest in-demand occupations in Canada. Specifically, the provinces of Ontario and Saskatchewan are specifically in need of truck drivers. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, keep reading to find out how we can help make it a reality for you.
Truck Driver in Ontario
The trucking industry is rapidly growing in Ontario and it is steadily becoming a significant contributor to the economy. It is both the province and the country’s major mode of transportation, responsible for the distribution of over 90% of all consumer goods and foodstuffs. For this reason, they are in need of experienced truck drivers to propel this industry forward.
For context, there are simply not enough truck drivers in the province. In fact, it is estimated that there will be a lack of 14, 000 truck drivers by the year 2024. Without these essential workers, the economy will quite literally be brought to a standstill. For this reason, the Ontario Trucking Association has been appealing to the government to allow for trucking to be considered as an in-demand occupation since as early as 2018. Luckily, in May of this year, the government of Ontario added truck drivers to their list of in-demand occupations. The change to the OINP is yet another indication of how the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP's) can be adapted to suit the needs of the province at a particular moment in time. This allows each province to establish its own ways of addressing it’s immigration needs.
In order to be eligible for this stream of Ontario’s Provincial Nominee Program, you will have to have a job offer for a full-time, permanent truck driving position and the proposed salary must meet industry standards.
Truck Driver in Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan has its own Provincial Nominee Program to address its shortage of truck drivers in the form of the Long Haul Truck Drivers Project. This project allows trucking firms to bring long-haul truck drivers to Saskatchewan. To qualify for this project, candidates must begin working for an approved trucking firm in Saskatchewan on a temporary foreign work permit. If an approved trucking firm offers permanent employment, the trucker may apply to the Saskatchewan INP for permanent resident status after at least six months of employment. The eligibility criteria for this program are as follows: You need to be working for a Saskatchewan approved firm for at least six months on a temporary permit. This permit must be issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and be based on a positive Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). In addition, you need to be in possession of a Saskatchewan Class 1A driver’s license and have a full-time and permanent job offer in the province.
General Eligibility Criteria
Each province has its own eligibility criteria in accordance with its own Provincial Nominee Programs, but if you are considering immigrating to any province in Canada, there is a general list of eligibility criteria that everyone will be subject to. This list includes but is not limited to your age, level of education, occupation, level of experience in your designated profession, language proficiency in both English and French as well as your ability to adapt to life in Canada after immigration.
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