Job prospects Transport Driver in Québec
Job opportunities for Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511) are good in Québec over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a transport driver.
Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.
Job opportunities in Québec
The employment outlook will be good for Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511) in Québec for the 2019-2021 period.
The following factors contributed to this outlook:
- Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
- Several positions will become available due to retirements.
- There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.
It is possible to work in this occupation without any specific training, but this situation tends to change rapidly. Indeed, the introduction of several technological innovations in recent years has a significant impact on the requirements of employers and the tasks of those workers who must have a driving license of the appropriate class for the vehicle used (classes 1 to 3) and an excellent driving record. In addition, some employers require a secondary school diploma, a certification in the transportation of dangerous goods, as well as knowledge of mechanics. Although several companies offer on the job training, a Diploma of Vocational Studies in truck driving may also be required. In general, employers are looking for people with a few years' experience, who are autonomous, responsible, patient, physically fit, adaptable, professional and rigorous, and possess good judgment. The mastery of both official languages is an undeniable asset.
Several factors are helping to boost employment in this occupation, including rising domestic consumption, growth in imports and exports, expanding e-purchasing, manufacturing and mining needs, as well as regulatory changes (adoption of rules limiting consecutive driving hours, imposition of speed limiters and "just-in-time" inventory management). On the other hand, the uncertainty raised by US trade policy could hinder the creation of new positions.
Here are some key facts about Transport truck drivers in Québec:
- Approximately 66,500 people work in this occupation.
- Transport truck drivers mainly work in the following sectors:
- Truck transportation (NAICS 484): 55%
- Construction (NAICS 23): 9%
- Wholesale trade (NAICS 41): 5%
- Other transportation and warehousing (NAICS 482-483, 485-486, 487, 493): 5%
- The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
- Full-time workers: 93% compared to 80% for all occupations
- Part-time workers: 7% compared to 20% 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 34 weeks compared to 33 weeks for all occupations.
- 14% of transport truck drivers are self-employed compared to an average of 12% for all occupations.
Breakdown by region
Explore job prospects in Québec by economic region.
|Abitibi-Témiscamingue Region||Fair Fair|
|Bas-Saint-Laurent Region||Fair Fair|
|Capitale-Nationale Region||Good Good|
|Centre-du-Québec Region||Good Good|
|Chaudière-Appalaches Region||Good Good|
|Côte-Nord Region||Fair Fair|
|Estrie Region||Good Good|
|Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine Region||Fair Fair|
|Lanaudière Region||Good Good|
|Laurentides Region||Good Good|
|Laval Region||Good Good|
|Mauricie Region||Fair Fair|
|Montréal Region||Good Good|
|Montérégie Region||Good Good|
|Nord-du-Québec Region||Fair Fair|
|Outaouais Region||Good Good|
|Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean Region||Fair Fair|
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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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