This week we celebrate National Trucking Week. The goal is to acknowledge the important contributions by the 400,000+ men & woman in the Canadian trucking industry. This is a fast moving industry with safety & regulatory challenges. The dedicated professionals in the Canadian trucking industry are amongst the worlds best & safest at what they do. A few facts about the Canadian trucking industry:
- It’s a $65 billion industry
- Employs over 260,000 drivers and about 400,000 people total
- Approx. 2/3 of Canada-US trade is shipped by truck
This week is particularly important to Manitoba. Winnipeg is a central hub for the trucking industry & offers a lot of opportunities. While the industry employs various types of drivers including city/local, regional and over-the-road; there are great opportunities in other areas such as dispatch (planning and logistics), warehousing, maintenance & repair, administrative, training etc. Plus all the support services such as truck and trailer dealers, repair, towing, consulting, fuel, truck stops, various IT & communication technologies and services, etc. This is a great place to start your own business as an owner operator or independent.
Trucking is one of the largest industries in Manitoba. A few facts about the Manitoba trucking industry:
- There are approximately 425 trucking companies
- 95% of good moved within Manitoba depend on trucks
- 80% of Manitoba’s merchandise trade with the US is shipped by truck
- $8.87 billion of Manitoba exports are to the US
- $12.46 billion of Manitoba imports are from the US
- For-hire trucking contributes directly and indirectly 1.47 billion to Manitoba’s GDP
- Trucking directly and indirectly employs 4.6% of the Manitoba labour force
- In 2006 the Manitoba trucking industry produced $710 million in labour income
- Manitoba trucking industry operates 15,000 power units and 20,000 trailers
- Manitoba is only 3% of the Canadian population while we represent 5.1% of the Canadian trucking industry
The Canadian trucking industry is diverse and a land of opportunities. It’s also fast paced, stressful and constantly evolving to meet today’s challenges & needs. The trucking industry is vital to the Canadian economy & the professionals who power this industry work hard and sacrifice to get the job done.
If you’re hardworking and looking for new opportunity consider a career in trucking.