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Today’s Pickup: Canadian long-haul carriers shift to hourly pay for truckers amid shortage

New report highlights the industry’s efforts to recruit and retain drivers as it warns that vacancies will swell above 25,000 in Canada.

Good day,

Canadian trucking companies are moving away from paying long haul-drivers by the mile to recruit and retain talent behind the wheel, according to a new report that warns of a growing shortage of truckers in the industry. 

Sixteen percent of carriers surveyed over two years reported shifting to hourly pay for long-haul drivers, Trucking HR Canada said in the report released on March 11. 

Trucking HR’s report, “The Road Ahead: Addressing Canada’s Trucking and Logistics Industry Labour Shortages,” stated that driver vacancies could rise above 25,000 in the next three to five years unless the industry takes steps to address it.

The report noted that the industry lost out on C$3.1 billion in sales in 2018 because it didn’t have enough drivers.

“We are at a pivotal decision and action point,” Angela Splinter, CEO of Trucking HR Canada said in a statement. “Good salaries in a growing sector, better work-life balance, investments in innovative technology and green-friendly initiatives are just some of the approaches we are taking.”

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Final thoughts:

Figures from the Canadian government do show that that the rate of trucking vacancies outpace most other professions. However, larger carriers have also reported that the industry is in the process of shedding excess capacity from 2019. 

Hammer down, everyone!


  1. Hello. Am a camerouniance citizen of 24years .My biggest dream is travel and work as a truck driver in Canada .

  2. Truck drivers need to make $24.00 doing local work plus overtime. O T R truck drivers need to make $28.00 cd in Canada and at least as much in the U S . Freight rates are too low to pay those rates on some kinds of freight with insurance costs going up. Too many trucks out there. We need minimum rates of pay once a truck driver has 5000 hours experience. We also need to set minimum freight rates. Then talk to me about a shortage of truck drivers.

  3. Noble1 suggests SMART truck drivers should UNITE & collectively cut out the middlemen from picking truck driver pockets ! UNITE , CONQUER , & YOU'LL PROSPER ! IMHO says:

    You gotta love the last paragraph in this article !


    “Figures from the Canadian government do show that that the rate of trucking vacancies outpace most other professions. However, larger carriers have also reported that the industry is in the process of shedding excess capacity from 2019. ”

    The last sentence contradicts the supposed driver shortage , LOL !

    Wherever there may be a truck driver interest shortage of some sort is due to the way labourers/drivers are generally treated in the industry and or by certain employers . Pay by the hour is certainly a step in the right direction . However, the general pay by the hour tends to be quite low . In Canada it generally ranges between $17 & $28 depending on the province and depending on the sort of load being hauled on the road . On average you’re looking at $22.50 per hour . At $22.50 an hour you can be shunting in a yard rather than take risks on the road and a lack of parking . If you haul off road in the logging industry then you can earn up to $45 an hour which is quite an outlier .

    It just isn’t worth it anymore unless one finds that sweet regular and stable run and enjoys doing it . Most drivers live worse than a dogs life out on the road and exhaust themselves for peanuts while taking huge risks .

    However, if a percentage of drivers were to UNITE then they could make lemonade with the lemon this industry has become .

    In my humble opinion .

Nate Tabak

Nate Tabak is a Toronto-based journalist and producer who covers cybersecurity and cross-border trucking and logistics for FreightWaves. He spent seven years reporting stories in the Balkans and Eastern Europe as a reporter, producer and editor based in Kosovo. He previously worked at newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the San Jose Mercury News. He graduated from UC Berkeley, where he studied the history of American policing. Contact Nate at