Attention job seekers passionate about driving! The Ontario government is proud to announce a new initiative to equip women with the skills and support needed to pursue rewarding careers in the trucking industry.
With a remarkable investment of $1.3 million, this program seeks to assist 54 women, newcomers, and underrepresented individuals in finding employment opportunities within the province’s trucking sector. Given the urgent need for at least 6,100 additional truck drivers in Ontario, this initiative aims to bridge the gap and provide inclusive opportunities for all.
Currently, only two percent of truck drivers in Ontario are women, highlighting the need for increased diversity in this field. As part of the project, participants will have the opportunity to be reimbursed up to $4,500 to cover expenses related to childcare and other living costs, making it easier for them to pursue a career in the industry.
The Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada will lead the program, offering participants up to 200 hours of comprehensive training necessary to obtain AZ (tractor-trailer) and DZ (straight truck) licenses. By providing the essential skills and knowledge required for safe and efficient truck driving, this program aims to empower women to excel in the transportation sector.
“The trucking industry relies on the dedication of its everyday heroes who keep our economy moving forward, and we are committed to ensuring more individuals have the opportunity to explore these purpose-driven careers,” emphasized Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development.
The program will cover various topics, including operating commercial vehicles, performing maneuvers, conducting inspections, and receiving training in forklift operations, defensive driving, workplace violence and harassment prevention, and human trafficking awareness.
Upon completing the program, the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada will support graduates in finding employment as professional drivers, helping them transition smoothly into their new careers.
The program offers financial assistance to further support participants, including up to $1,000 for transportation and childcare support, $300 for necessary equipment, and a weekly allowance of $400.
The first cohort of in-person learning will commence on July 1, with program locations available in Kitchener-Waterloo, the Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa, and London.
If you are interested in the Bridging the Gap in Trucking program, please submit your application by emailing email@example.com.