Smack dab in the middle of Canada, Manitoba's central location and time zone makes it a prime location for the transportation industry's operations and opportunities arising from the expansion of free trade under the North American Free Trade Agreement. In addition to convenient access to customers and suppliers across the continent, Manitoba offers low operating costs, a dedicated, highly skilled multilingual workforce, abundant, clean, reliable electrical energy, and an excellent technology infrastructure.
The Canadian province that borders North Dakota and Minnesota to the south, Saskatchewan to the west, Ontario to the east, Nunavut to the north and a large part of its northeastern border along the Hudson Bay - is comprised mostly of prairie land with many arctic areas. Manitoba enjoys a stable yet diverse economy, combining traditional sectors such as agriculture, natural resources, fisheries and mining, with emerging industries such as equipment manufacturing, chemicals and technology. The province also provides the base for thriving business and arts communities as well.
Recognizing trade and the trucking industry critical to its success, Manitoba is the first province getting the wheels in motion to make commercial truck driving a designated profession. -- the first such occupational designation in the province and the first for truck drivers in the country. The recent agreement by the province's Apprenticeship and Certification Board to develop a commercial truck driver designation is one measure to prevent the impending truck driver shortage across Canada. Manitoba is fully aware of the value truck drivers have to the province - which is about $1 billion to the Manitoba economy.
While Manitoba already boasts a lower unemployment rate than the national average, truck drivers will certainly find no problem in finding an abundance of good jobs. With 95% of Manitoba goods relying on trucks, it was last estimated that the trucking industry directly and indirectly employs approximately 4.6% of the Manitoba labor force and contributes $1.47 billion to the province's GDP. With approximately 425 for-hire trucking companies headquartered in Manitoba and 5000 truck drivers currently employed, the province certainly has room for plenty more.
Not only does Manitoba currently have all types of truck driving opportunities ready for the taking, it is leading all of North America in the movement to fully recognize the value of truck drivers and give it full merit as a designated profession. Not only raising the standards of training and certification, but increasing the earning potential significantly as well.
Manitoba is certainly one of the best places to be a truck driver right now and TruckingUnlimited.ca is the best way for you to do just that. Our comprehensive job board gives you immediate access to the most current job posting across the province and our EZ application process connects you directly to your wish list of potential employers. TruckingUnlimited.ca puts your truck driving career on the fast track with the best opportunities the industry has to offer!