Canada announces training fund for trucking industry

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Canadian Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra announced that the country was investing up to $46.3 million in Trucking Human Recourses Canada's Driving Economic Recovery project to subsidize training and onboarding 2,600 people in the trucking industry. 

The jobs targeted by the project include technicians and drivers. Participants will receive training, on-the-job experience, and support such as travel and living expenses. 

"The Trucking HR Canada's Driving Economic Recovery project is an innovative solution that supports skills development and job employment readiness for trucks to fill good, middle-class jobs across the country," Alghabra says. "Our government's investment in this initiative demonstrates our continued commitment to strengthening our transportation supply chain." 

The Canadian Trucking Alliance forecasts that the trucking industry in the country will have a shortage of 55,000 workers at the end of this year. 

"The trucking and logistics sector supports every key economic sector and is critical to Canada's economic success," says Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada. "Expanding and building on the success of our Career ExpressWay program was a specific recommendation in the National Supply Chain Task Force Report. We are proud to see this important investment that will directly support industry employers in addressing labour shortages with the hardest-to-fill roles, while also connecting and preparing Canadians for well-paying jobs in our sector." 

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