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.

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

Job opportunities in Ontario

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Outlook over the next 3 years

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:

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