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FPAC supports efforts to address Canada-wide truck driver shortage

March 12, 2020
By Forest Products Association of Canada

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Trucking HR Canada released a Labour Market Information (LMI) report entitled: The Road Ahead: Addressing Canada’s Trucking and Logistics Industry Labour Shortage. This is a vital step forward in addressing the ongoing truck driver shortage, as it provides a comprehensive look at the challenges facing the trucking and logistics workforce in Canada.

Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) represents wood, pulp, and paper producers from coast to coast. Given that our members ship well over half of their product volume via truck, we support Trucking HR Canada’s work toward a fundamental understanding of the dynamics affecting this portion of the supply chain. Without strong empirical knowledge of Canada’s labour pool and relevant demographic trends, no meaningful progress can be made toward improving the situation for truck drivers and other industry personnel – as well as the Canadian shippers and customers in Canada and around the world who depend on them.

“Transportation costs can account for up to one-third of a forest products company’s total production costs,” noted FPAC president and CEO Derek Nighbor. “Efficient and reliable trucking services are essential to our business so it’s important that challenges in Canada’s trucking and logistics industry are well understood and addressed,” he added.


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1 Comment » for FPAC supports efforts to address Canada-wide truck driver shortage
  1. Stephen says:

    There is no shortage of truck drivers. I have a good record and 25 years experience. The freight rates and wages are too low for the work involved compared to wages in 1980 or compared to a teachers pay or fireman or nursing jobs. I know of many truck drivers who left in 2019 because with E-logs their pay dropped from $90,000 a year to $70,000 per working 3,300 hours per year. Lots of factories and construction workers in my area making $30.00 plus medical insurance and overtime after 50 hours per week. Many trucking companies in Canada do not look after their drivers when get sick or hurt. Trucking companies need to pay by the hour between $27.00 to $31.00 plus medical insurance and overtime pay. The insurance companies delay claims and will not provide insurance to new truck drivers in Ontario Canada.

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