IRCC includes Transport Truck Drivers in the newly eligible professions for Express to fight the acute shortage of truck drivers.
Canada switched to the National Occupation Classification (NOC) 2021 system on Nov 16th, 2022, making 16 additional occupations, including Transport Truck Drivers, eligible to immigrate through the Express Entry application management system.
NOC categorizes occupations to facilitate Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada to know the applicant’s job skills. The NOC 2021 is also helpful in understanding the candidate’s work experience, skill level, education, and language proficiency.
Express Entry is the most popular way among skilled workers to immigrate to Canada.
The Express Entry system manages the three most prominent economic immigration pathways, including the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class. Skilled workers choose Express Entry for prompt immigration to Canada as permanent residents.
Shortage of truck drivers impacts Canada’s economy
Canada’s trucking and logistics sector contributes to the movement of $850 billion worth of products across international and domestic markets. Truck driving has a considerable influence on Canada’s economy.
Presently, Canada is struggling with a shortage of truck drivers because of the retiring workforce and pandemic layoffs. The 2021 Labor Market data shows there were over 18,000 vacancies in the trucking industry. The shortage of truck drivers is severely impacting the industry, causing productivity loss of over $450 million.