Immigrate To Nova Scotia As A Truck Driver: All You Need To Know

Immigrate To Nova Scotia As A Truck Driver: All You Need To Know
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Nova Scotia offers a pathway to immigration and Canada jobs for internationally-trained truckers through the Occupations In-Demand stream of its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).

That provincial immigration program lists transport truck drivers as one of seven target occupations and is making it easier for transportation industry employers seeking to fill jobs going begging for a want of qualified workers.

In early June, the Job Bank federal job-hunting and career planning website listed 67 trucking jobs, categorized under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 system with the code 73300, in Nova Scotia with the long-term prospects for employment rated as good.

The industry is counting on immigrants to fill those jobs.

“Demand for transport truck drivers is strong and is expected to increase further as a large share of drivers reach retirement age during the next several years,” noted the Job Bank website.

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“The need for drivers is particularly acute in long-haul trucking due to the more challenging lifestyle associated with it. To increase the supply of workers, the trucking industry is drawing on under-represented demographic groups and newcomers.”

The vast majority of the available trucking jobs in Nova Scotia in early June, 70.1 per cent of them, were in the provincial capital and biggest city of Halifax and in the Annapolis Valley wine-producing and farm country immediately to its west.

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There were then 36 vacant trucking jobs in Halifax and 11 in the Annapolis Valley. In the North Shore region, there were 11 vacant trucking jobs and another six in the picturesque Cape Breton highlands. In southern Nova Scotia, there were only three vacant trucking jobs in early June.

In Nova Scotia, the median hourly wage for trucking jobs is $20.50 but that varies from a low of $14.50 per hour right up to $28.85 per hour, reveals Job Bank.

Based on a standard 37.5-hour work week, that would be $56,257 at the upper end of the annual wage scale for truckers in Nova Scotia.

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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.

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

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

“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 Nova Scotia are also looking to 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 Nova Scotia 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
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.