Job prospects Transport Driver in Nunavut

Job opportunities for Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511) are fair in Nunavut over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as a transport driver.

Note that the current 2019-2021 Employment Outlook was published in December 2019 based on information available at that time.

Job opportunities in Nunavut

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Outlook over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511) in Nunavut for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are several unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
  • Due to the seasonal nature of this occupation, employment opportunities tend to be more favourable during the summer months.

Despite a lull in mine construction during the forecast period, there are infrastructure projects in various communities around Nunavut that should keep current workers busy and provide some opportunities for skilled tradespeople. Looking further ahead, larger projects will come online, bringing job growth back to the construction sector. For example, the expansion of the Hope Bay Gold Mine near Cambridge Bay is expected to create about 360 construction jobs by 2022.

Here are some key facts about Transport truck drivers in the Nunavut region:

  • Approximately 450 people work in this occupation.
  • Transport truck drivers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Transportation and warehousing (NAICS 48-49): 32%
    • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (NAICS 21): 20%
    • Public Administration and Defence (NAICS 91): 16%
    • Utilities (NAICS 22): 12%
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 11%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 78% compared to 81% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 22% compared to 19% for all occupations
  • 56% of transport truck drivers work all year, while 44% work only part of the year, compared to 58% and 42% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 22 weeks compared to 24 weeks for all occupations.

  • Between 2 and 4 thousand hours of experience operating heavy equipment
  • Heavy Equipment Certificate (or equivalent)
  • Class 5 Driver's License or equivalent
  • [Source: Nunavut Minerals Industry Career Catalogue - 2019]

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Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

We expect that there will be a labour SHORTAGE for Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511) in Canada over the next 10 years.

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