OTTAWA, March 11, 2020 (Press Release) -Earlier today, Trucking HR Canada released a Labour Market Information (LMI) report entitled: The Road Ahead: Addressing Canada’s Trucking and Logistics Industry Labour Shortage. This is a vital step forward in addressing the ongoing truck driver shortage, as it provides a comprehensive look at the challenges facing the trucking and logistics workforce in Canada.
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) represents wood, pulp, and paper producers from coast to coast. Given that our members ship well over half of their product volume via truck, we support Trucking HR Canada’s work toward a fundamental understanding of the dynamics affecting this portion of the supply chain. Without strong empirical knowledge of Canada’s labour pool and relevant demographic trends, no meaningful progress can be made toward improving the situation for truck drivers and other industry personnel—as well as the Canadian shippers and customers in Canada and around the world who depend on them.
“Transportation costs can account for up to one-third of a forest products company’s total production costs,” noted FPAC President and CEO Derek Nighbor. “Efficient and reliable trucking services are essential to our business so it’s important that challenges in Canada’s trucking and logistics industry are well understood and addressed,” he added.
FPAC provides a voice for Canada’s wood, pulp, and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs. The $73.6-billion-a-year forest products industry represents 12 per cent of Canada’s manufacturing GDP and is one of Canada’s largest employers operating in over 600 communities, providing 230,000 direct jobs, and over 600,000 indirect jobs across the country.