Job prospects Transport Driver in Ontario
Job opportunities for Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511) are good in Ontario over the next 3 years. This job outlook is also applicable to people working as a transport driver.
Job opportunities in Ontario
The employment outlook will be good for Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511) in Ontario 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.
- High employee turnover in this occupation could lead to additional employment opportunities.
- Due to the seasonal nature of this occupation, employment opportunities tend to be more favourable during the summer months.
Employment in this occupation has remained relatively stable over the last decade in Ontario. The demand for workers in this field often fluctuates with economic conditions, especially those in the manufacturing, wholesale trade and construction sectors. Since truck drivers carry goods to various markets within Ontario, Canada and the United States, the occupation is quite sensitive to regional and global economic turns.
Technology has impacted the trucking industry significantly over the past decade as automated driving systems start to develop in the industry. Trucks are now more efficient and safer to operate, but they are also more mechanically complex. Emerging training needs for drivers include computer skills, electronic technologies, vehicle inspection and trouble-shooting.
Given the size of this occupation, job openings will arise from worker turnover as truck drivers leave for other professions or exit the labour market. Working conditions, such as long work hours, unconventional work schedules and being away from home are some of the main causes for the high employee turnover in this occupation. In particular, there tends to be a high turnover rate for long-haul drivers increasing the number of openings in this specific area. Also, in certain industries, such as construction and forestry, seasonal work is common as drivers often experience periods of unemployment throughout the year.
As of July 1, 2017, all new commercial Class A truck drivers have to complete a mandatory entry-level training course implemented by the Ministry of Transportation. As well, all Class D truck drivers have new licence renewal and medical requirements as of July 1, 2018. Further, those with industry certification, such as a licence to transport dangerous goods or enhanced security clearance at international borders, will likely have more opportunities. Job prospects may be stronger for experienced workers with a clean driver's abstract as well. However, for individuals under the age of 25, career prospects in this field may be reduced because of the greater insurance costs to employers.
Here are some key facts about Transport truck drivers in the Ontario region:
- Approximately 107,650 people work in this occupation.
- Transport truck drivers mainly work in the following sectors:
- Truck transportation (NAICS 484): 55%
- Construction (NAICS 23): 8%
- Wholesale trade (NAICS 41): 6%
- Other transportation and warehousing (NAICS 482-483, 486, 487, 493): 6%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 94% compared to 79% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 6% compared to 21% for all occupations
- 58% of transport truck drivers work all year, while 42% work only part of the year, compared to 63% and 37% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 35 weeks compared to 31 weeks for all occupations.
- 21% of transport truck drivers are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
Breakdown by region
Explore job prospects in Ontario by economic region.
|Hamilton–Niagara Peninsula Region||Good Good|
|Kingston–Pembroke Region||Good Good|
|Kitchener–Waterloo–Barrie Region||Good Good|
|London Region||Good Good|
|Muskoka–Kawarthas Region||Good Good|
|Northeast Region||Good Good|
|Northwest Region||Good Good|
|Ottawa Region||Good Good|
|Stratford–Bruce Peninsula Region||Good Good|
|Toronto Region||Good Good|
|Windsor-Sarnia Region||Good Good|
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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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