One of Canada’s most in-demand professions is and will always be long haul truck drivers. Because the country is so incredibly massive with cities, towns and communities scattered across the vast expanse of land, moving goods from east coast to west coast and everywhere in between will always remain a high priority.
This is why the Canada immigration department has made it a high priority for provinces with industries that require heavily on transport to bring in as many foreign truck drivers as possible, because if there aren’t enough truck drivers, the economy suffers, it’s that simple. So as it turns out, one of the best ways to become a permanent resident in Canada is to have a job offer as a long haul truck driver.
Just have a look on Canada Job Bank, there are over 2,500 openings listed on this site alone. There is ample opportunity, for great pay, fantastic benefits and a job that will allow you the most incredible, scenic and tranquil office views, always changing, always new, that anyone could ever enjoy. What are you waiting for?
Provinces with Immigration Programs for Truck Drivers
British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program
Skills Immigration - Entry Level and Semi Skilled category; one of the occupations specifically listed for this immigration stream is long haul truck drivers. You will need to work full time for your employer for nine consecutive months before applying for permanent residency. During this time you should gather the proof of the following requirements:
- meet minimum language and education requirements - Canadian Language Benchmark test level 4 and the equivalent of a Canadian high school diploma;
- qualify to do the job offered to you; your license to operate trucks will serve;
- show you can support yourself and your dependents. You can use paychecks or a bank statement;
- have legal immigration status in Canada. This means your temporary foreign work permit must be valid;
- be earning a wage in line with B.C. wage rates for the occupation, this is around $25 an hour; and
- your employer must be eligible and be willing to support your application. They will require a labour market impact assessment, which should be no problem for them to get as your occupation is in-demand.
Northwest Territories Nominee Program
Employer Driver Stream - once you have a job offer as a truck driver from a NWT employer, you must work for the same employer for at least six months and be in good standing with the requirements of your temporary foreign work permit. You will then be eligible for PR status. You will also need to meet the basic education, language and eligibility requirements. Choosing the NWT as your home base to settle will mean a quiet, peaceful place to return to after long weeks spent on the road. During winter you can enjoy incredible natural light displays in the night sky known as the aurora borealis and in summer you will have up to 18 hours of sunshine to enjoy however you see fit.
Yukon Nominee Program
Critical Impact Worker Stream - the Yukon territory is much like the Northwest territories. Both regions require long haul truck drivers. As you can imagine there are a lot of goods that need to travel up from the southern provinces where the ports, farms, manufacturing facilities, fuel depots etc. are up to these two beautiful northern territories. From their capitals the goods need to flow out to smaller communities scattered throughout the territories.
Unlike in the NWT, there is no minimum work requirement. You only require a job offer from a Yukon employer and to show that you meet the minimum language, education and eligibility requirements for Canada immigration. Ensure you remain in good standing with your temporary foreign work permit at all times (until you are officially made a permanent resident) and that you demonstrate a clear intention to settle and live in the Yukon, when you aren’t out on the road.
Nova Scotia Provincial Nominee Program
Occupations in Demand Stream - You can apply for permanent residency right off the bat in Nova Scotia as long as you meet these requirements:
- have a full-time permanent job offer from a Nova Scotia employer in either NOC 3413 (Nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates) or NOC 7511 (Transport truck drivers);
- have 1 year of work experience related to the job;
- be 21 to 55 years old;
- have a high school diploma;
- have the appropriate training, skills and/or accreditation for the job;
- prove language ability equal to Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 4 even if your first language is English or French;
- show enough financial resources to successfully settle in Nova Scotia.
The province of Nova Scotia is Atlantic Canada’s most populous and industrious province. The capital city of Halifax has a population of around 430,000 people and trucking is a massive part of the province's economy. The port of Halifax is also Canada’s largest east coast port, so it goes without saying that if you are looking for truck driver jobs in Canada for foreigners, this is where you want to look.
The Atlantic Immigration Pilot is another option for truck drivers who want to become permanent residents of Canada with a job offer in Nova Scotia. The pilot also makes provision if you have a job offer in one of the three other Atlantic provinces; New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador or Prince Edward Island. The programs list of eligibility requirements are just about the same as for the provincial nomination programs, but it provides a slightly easier and quicker route (shorter processing times) as the program was created to address critical labour shortages in Atlantic Canada, one of which is truck drivers.
New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program
Skilled Worker Stream - much the same as the Nova Scotia PNP, New Brunswick offers permanent residency to those who meet the minimum eligibility requirements and have a valid job offer from an employer in the province. The province also offers some of the most competitive salaries for long haul truck drivers, with salaries ranging from $40,000 to $70,000 a year. There are also numerous opportunities for delivery truck drivers, albeit for a lower wage.
Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program
In Demand Skills Stream - the opportunity to apply to permanently live and work in Ontario is available to foreign workers with a job offer in specific in-demand occupations, such as construction, agriculture, trucking or personal support work. You will also require 9 months of work experience in Ontario before you are eligible for this stream. Language and education requirements are the same as in Nova Scotia, and every other province on this list. Finally you must have legal status to live in Ontario and you must demonstrate the intention to settle and live in Ontario on a full-time basis.
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