Job prospects Transport Driver in Saskatchewan

Job opportunities for Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511) are fair in Saskatchewan 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 Saskatchewan

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Outlook over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511) in Saskatchewan 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 several unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Saskatchewan's soft economy is partly due to a slump in uranium mining. In 2018 Cameco permanently laid off approximately 700 employees and there are no signs things will improve in the near future. Cameco executives have told community leader not to expect any mines re-opening until at least 2021.

The potash industry has also had its setbacks recently. In August 2019, Mosaic reported a $233 million loss in the second quarter of 2019. As a result, the company laid off approximately 350 workers at their Colonsay potash mine. The other potash companies struggled as well. Nutrien announced temporary layoffs of up to 750 workers at three of their mines: Allan, Lanigan, and Vanscoy. K+S decided to cut back production but was able to avoid laying off employees.

The future of the potash industry in Saskatchewan is unknown at this time. The Australian-based mining giant BHP Billiton Ltd is looking at a potential $17 billion potash project east of Saskatoon. BHP is giving itself until February 2021 to decide whether to proceed. If they do, the Jansen mine would add about 4.4 million tonnes of potash per year to the market, potentially enough to drive down potash prices, negatively affecting the other potash mining companies operating in Saskatchewan.

The Government of Saskatchewan has reached a deal with the federal government to shut down most of its coal-fired power plants by 2030. The agreement allows Boundary Dam 4 to remain open until the end of 2021 and Boundary Dam 5 to the end of 2024. With the phasing out of coal mines, communities like Coronach and Estevan will require help with the transitioning.

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

  • Approximately 11,200 people work in this occupation.
  • Transport truck drivers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Truck transportation (NAICS 484): 52%
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 9%
    • Wholesale trade (NAICS 41): 6%
    • Support activities for mining, oil and gas (NAICS 213): 6%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: more than 95% compared to 81% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: less than 5% compared to 19% for all occupations
  • 54% of transport truck drivers work all year, while 46% work only part of the year, compared to 62% and 38% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 33 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
  • 17% of transport truck drivers are self-employed compared to an average of 14% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in Saskatchewan by economic region.

    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

    Source Labour Market Information | Outlook Methodology

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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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