Immigrate To Newfoundland And Labrador As A Truck Driver: All You Need To Know

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As Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy grows and Baby Boomers retire, more demand for truckers is expected and federal and provincial immigration programs are opening the door for internationally-trained drivers to seize those Canada jobs.

In early June, the Job Bank federal job-hunting and career planning website listed 19 trucking jobs, categorized under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 system with the code 73300, on The Rock, as Newfoundland and Labrador is affectionately called.

The vast majority, 78.9 per cent or 15 of those available trucking jobs in Newfoundland and Labrador, were on the Avalon Peninsula, home of the provincial capital of St. John’s.

There were three trucking jobs advertised on Job Bank for the West Coast-Northern Peninsula and Labrador region of the province and only one in the Notre Dame, Bonavista Bay and central region of the province.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the median hourly wage for trucking jobs is $22 but that varies from a low of $15.00 per hour right up to $34.38 per hour, reveals Job Bank.

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Trucking wages are considerably higher in the province outside of St. John’s with the hourly wage for truckers hitting a high of $40.40 in Labrador.

Based on a standard 37.5-hour work week, that would be $78,780 at the upper end of the annual wage scale for truckers in Newfoundland and Labrador.

But truck drivers are also often paid bonuses by the kilometre, enabling them to earn significantly more.

With transportation companies desperately looking for truckers to replenish and grow their aging workforce, both the federal and provincial governments have been helping out with immigration policies to grant work permits and permanent residence to qualified foreign workers looking for these kinds of jobs in Canada.

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Through its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), Newfoundland and Labrador allows foreign nationals to apply under the Skilled Worker pathway with a job offer to work as a trucker for an eligible employer.

Internationally-trained truckers who are refugees will also be able to come to Newfoundland and Labrador through the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) starting this summer.

That pathway will help employers hire skilled refugees and other displaced individuals, including for trucking jobs.

Refugees Can Apply For Visa To Work Trucking Jobs Through The EMPP

“Canada is a global leader in helping skilled refugees connect with employers struggling to find workers in critical areas, while giving newcomers the opportunity to restart their careers and their lives here in Canada,” said Immigration Minister Sean Fraser earlier this year.

“Our government will continue to develop and scale innovative immigration measures to help employers address their critical labour shortages and provide refugees with the opportunity to live in safety while rebuilding their lives.”

That was welcome news to the trucking industry whose job vacancy rate has more than tripled since 2015 and doubled since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. With an average age of 47 and rising, the sector has one of the oldest workforces, with a third of drivers over 55, according to the Canadian Trucking Alliance.

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Employers in Newfoundland and Labrador can also hire truckers through the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP).

It’s a pathway to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers and international graduates from Canadian institutions who want to work and live in any of Canada’s four Atlantic provinces, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Foreign nationals hoping to immigrate to Newfoundland and Labrador as truck drivers can also, since mid-November last year, apply under the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program.

Truck driver was one of 16 occupations added to the FSW’s list of eligible occupations when the IRCC accepted the NOC 2021 classification system.

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Colin Singer is an international acclaimed Canadian immigration lawyer and founder of featured on Wikipedia. Colin Singer is also founding director of the Canadian Citizenship & Immigration Resource Center (CCIRC) Inc. He served as an Associate Editor of ‘Immigration Law Reporter’, the pre-eminent immigration law publication in Canada. He previously served as an executive member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Quebec and National Immigration Law Sections and is currently a member of the Canadian Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Colin has twice appeared as an expert witness before Canada’s House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration. He is frequently recognized as a recommended authority at national conferences sponsored by government and non-government organizations on matters affecting Canada’s immigration and human resource industries. Since 2009, Colin has been a Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of the profession, and became a lifetime member in 2018.