Job prospects Transport Driver in British Columbia

Job opportunities for Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511) are good in British Columbia over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a transport driver.

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities in British Columbia

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Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be good for Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511) in British Columbia for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to several new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a moderate number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

In 2019, Uber Freight expanded into Canada's trucking market. The Uber Freight app connects truck drivers with shipping companies so that trucks are not running empty miles across the country.

Here are some key facts about Transport truck drivers in the British Columbia region:

  • Approximately 39,000 people work in this occupation.
  • Transport truck drivers mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Truck transportation (NAICS 484): 53%
    • Construction (NAICS 23): 7%
    • Forestry and logging (NAICS 113, 1153): 6%
    • Other transportation and warehousing (NAICS 482-483, 486, 487, 493): 5%
    • Wholesale trade (NAICS 41): 5%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 93% compared to 77% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 7% compared to 23% for all occupations
  • 53% of transport truck drivers work all year, while 47% work only part of the year, compared to 57% and 43% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 35 weeks compared to 32 weeks for all occupations.
  • 17% of transport truck drivers are self-employed compared to an average of 14% for all occupations.

A number of major projects in B.C. will push employment in skilled construction trades.

  • Infrastructure projects include the Patullo Bridge replacement (Greater Vancouver) and the Kicking Horse Canyon highway project (Golden).
  • Transportation projects include the LNG Canada project (Kitimat) and the Coastal Gaslink LNG Pipeline (Dawson Creek to Kitimat).
  • Public Transit projects include the Millenium Line (Vancouver) and the Translink Surrey Light Rail Transit (LRT).
  • Utility projects include BC Hydro's Peace River Site C Dam and the Capital Region District Wastewater Management project.

In 2019, the Government of BC gave regulatory authority to the Office of the British Columbia Container Trucking Commissioner (OBCCTC) to set rates and fuel surcharges in order to balancing fair compensation for drivers with the ongoing competitiveness of the sector.

Breakdown by region

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Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

We expect that there will be a labour SHORTAGE for Transport truck drivers (NOC 7511) in Canada over the next 10 years.

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