How To Immigrate To Saskatchewan As A Truck Driver

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Saskatchewan boasts more than four times as many trucking jobs per resident than Ontario, giving it the highest number of available trucking Canada jobs per capita of any province.

The severity of the labour shortage in the transportation sector in that Prairie province is the greatest in the county with 230 trucking jobs, categorized under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 with the code 73300, going begging for a want of qualified candidates at the start of June.

Ontario transportation sector employers, by comparison, were then looking for 821 truckers. But that province has more than 12 times as many residents as Saskatchewan. That means Ontario employers can draw on a much bigger pool of labour.

In Saskatchewan, 171, or 74.3 per cent, of the available trucking jobs in early June were in the Regina-Moose Mountain and the Saskatoon-Biggar regions.

There were 118 jobs listed in the provincial capital of Regina and another 53 in the Saskatoon area.

In Saskatchewan, the median hourly wage for trucking jobs is $25 but that varies from a low of $16 per hour right up to $32.50 per hour, reveals Jobbank.

There are a few regions in the province that pay more than that high median hourly wage. In the Yorkton-Melville region, the high median hourly wage is $40.

Based on a standard 37.5-hour work week, that would be $78,000 at the upper end of the annual wage scale for truckers in Yorkton, close to the Manitoba border.

Truck drivers are also often paid bonuses by the kilometre, enabling them to earn significantly more.

With transportation companies desperately looking for truckers to replenish and grow their aging workforce, both the federal and provincial governments have been helping out with immigration policies to grant work permits and permanent residence to qualified foreign workers looking for these kinds of jobs in Canada.

Truck driver is now one of the 82 jobs to be targeted with new occupation-specific Express Entry draws. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced the new draws on May 31, saying they would start in summer 2023.

Eager to recruit internationally-trained truckers and fill those vacant positions, the province’s Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) has a specific Long-Haul Truck Drivers sub-category for those already working in Canada on a work permit.

The occupation also qualifies under the province’s Express Entry for truckers who qualify under the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program and International Skilled Worker Occupation In-Demand categories.

Truck Driver Added To List Of Eligible Occupations Under The Fsw Program In November Last Year

In mid-November last year, truck driver was one of 16 occupations added to the FSW’s list of eligible occupations when the IRCC updated to the NOC 2021 classification system.

Along with Quebec, Saskatchewan is not yet a participant in the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) which is expected to start helping employers elsewhere in the country hire skilled refugees and other displaced individuals, including for trucking jobs, starting this summer.

Foreign nationals eyeing Saskatchewan jobs, though, can still apply for work permits under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).

The TFWP has been a primary avenue for trucking companies to hire workers from overseas but this requires the employer get a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). 

Under the TFWP, qualified applicants receive a Canadian visa and, depending on the province, can transition to Canadian permanent residence through an Express Entry immigration program, such as the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) program.

The CEC requires that applicants have 12 months of Canadian work experience within the past three years.