Labour Market Update Shows Driver Shortage Can Impact Economic Recovery

Trucking HR Canada released today a labour market information update, providing a current snapshot of truck driver employment in Canada.

The research update confirms that in the second quarter of 2021 there were 18,000 truck driver vacancies; along with 72% of employers reporting that the recruitment of truck drivers is a significant business challenge.

“Our labour shortages impact critical sectors of the Canadian economy, and as we have seen in other parts of the world, a strong trucking and logistics sector is needed to support supply chain stability.” says Angela Splinter, CEO, Trucking HR Canada. “Failure to better address the acute shortage of truck drivers has the potential to stifle and delay the country’s economic recovery”.

The October 2021 labour market snapshot includes Trucking HR Canada’s analysis of the most recent publicly available data obtained through customized data requests, combined with employer surveys.

While the recruitment of truck drivers remains a top concern, rising input costs along with recruitment challenges for non-driving positions are growing business concerns.