February 9, 2024

7 PNP Routes: Canada’s Pathways for Truck Drivers

Are there specific Provincial Nominee Programs for Truck Drivers in Canada?

Indeed, there are several PNP possibilities available for various truck driver categories, mostly within the category of transport truck drivers (NOC TEER Code 73300). Transport truck drivers are now listed as high-demand vocations in several provinces, including British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Alberta.

The backbone of Canada's economy is its truck drivers. Despite making up only about 5% of the population, they have a major impact on Canada's GDP. One vital component of Canada's economy that requires assistance to develop is the ability to transport commodities across the country.

Are you a truck driver trying to find the best PNP course of action? If so, continue reading to learn about the top 7 PNP options available in Canada for truck drivers.

  1. BC PNP (ELSS): Needs a signed employment offer, CLB 4 language competence, legal immigration status, two years of work experience as a long-haul truck driver within the previous three years, and a high school degree.
  2. Saskatchewan PNP: Needs a current work permit, a positive LMIA, a Class 1A license, CLB 4 language proficiency, and at least six months of full-time employment for the company that issued the letter of approval for the job.
  3. New Brunswick PNP: Complies with TEER 73300 of the NOC. Applicants must have worked in NOC 73300 full-time for at least 24 months in the previous five years, with at least six of those months spent working continuously in New Brunswick.
  4. Nova Scotia PNP: It requires a job offer, be between the ages of 21 and 55, have work experience, have a high school diploma, speak CLB 4 fluently, and have sufficient financial resources.
  5. Ontario PNP: Requires a high school graduation, an expression of interest, a full-time permanent job offer, nine months of work experience in Ontario, and CLB 4 language ability.
  6. Manitoba PNP: Qualifications include age (between 21 and 50), completion of secondary education, three years of job experience, language competency in CLB 5, adequate finances, and an interview.
  7. PEI PNP: Requires a full-time permanent job offer, a minimum of one year of relevant work experience, age (18–59), a secondary school education, financial competence, CLB/NCLC 4 language proficiency, and a desire to reside in PEI.

1. Truck Drivers' BC PNP (ELSS)

Truck drivers are eligible to apply for the BC PNP's Entry-Level and Semi-Skilled categories. Approximately every two weeks, British Columbia extends an invitation to apply for this category. The vast majority of candidates in this category are associated with NOC TEER 73300.

The following conditions must be met in order for you to be eligible for permanent residence under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program as a truck driver:

  1. The plan is to reside in British Columbia.
  2. British Columbia's economic gain.
  3. The CLB 4 Minimum Language Requirements.
  4. Legal Status for Immigration to Canada.
  5. Signed a letter accepting a full-time position offer.
  6. A high school certificate, issued inside or outside of Canada.
  7. During the previous three years, two of those years were spent working as long-haul truck drivers.

2. PNP for Truck Drivers in Saskatchewan

One special program offered to truck drivers under the Saskatchewan PNP is the SINP Long-Haul Truck Driver Project. It is legal for long-haul truck drivers to travel for up to 11 hours. However, after eight hours of driving, the driver must come to a halt for at least thirty minutes. Long-haul truck drivers who wish to apply for SINP must meet the following requirements:

  1. Possess a temporary work permit valid for at least six months.
  2. The permit needs to be granted based on a favorable Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Service Canada.
  3. The trucking company you work for needs to be approved by the government of Saskatchewan.
  4. A permanent, full-time job.
  5. Possess a Class 1A license in Saskatchewan.
  6. Achieve a minimum Language Proficiency level of at least CLB 4.
  7. Hold a current job approval letter from SINP.

Did you know that companies are finding it difficult to fill the truck driver shortage that began in 2021? For this reason, jobs for transport truck drivers are in great demand throughout Canada.

3. PNP Truck Drivers in New Brunswick

An employer assistance pathway specifically designed for NOC TEER 73300 has been developed by the NBPNP. Under the New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream, this unique PNP for truck drivers took effect last March 1, 2022.

4. The PNP for Truck Drivers in Nova Scotia,

Through the NS PNP's Occupations in Demand stream, truck drivers are able to relocate permanently to Nova Scotia. Additionally, there is a great demand for transport truck drivers in the Nova Scotian workforce. If you fit any of the following criteria, you may apply under this category:

  1. Have a full-time,
  2. Permanent work offer from an employer in Nova Scotia
  3. Between the ages of 21 and 55,
  4. Have one year of relevant work experience,
  5. High school graduate
  6. Training, credentials, and/or accreditation required for the role, CLB Level 4 language proficiency,
  7. and enough money to live comfortably in Nova Scotia.

5. Ontario's PNP for Truck Drivers

Truck drivers can live and work in Canada with the assistance of the OINP In-Demand Skills Stream. Foreign workers can apply both inside and outside of Canada. The following qualifications must be met in order for truck drivers to apply for PNP in Ontario:

  1. An offer of employment for a permanent, full-time role.
  2. Expression of interest and call for applications
  3. Three years prior to the submission of the application, at least nine months of full-time employment experience while residing and working in Ontario lawfully.
  4. Needs to have nine months of driving experience and an Ontario driver's license.
  5. A minimum of CLB 4 or above in language proficiency.
  6. Have at least a high school certificate or certification, or one that is equivalent in another nation (international education requires an ECA).
  7. Planned move to Ontario
  8. Legal residency status in Ontario

6. The PNP in Manitoba for Truck Drivers

Truck drivers can apply for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) through the Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream (SWM) and the Skilled Worker Overseas Stream (SWO). Truck drivers that travel long distances must meet all of the following qualifications:

  1. Age: Must be between the ages of 21 and 50.
  2. Education: Possess a minimum of a secondary education.
  3. Job Experience: Three years minimum of consecutive, verifiable, recorded job experience within the last five years as a long-haul truck driver in a jurisdiction where truck driver licensing, training, and/or regulations are on par with those in North America.
  4. Work Experience Proof: This can take the form of income tax records that detail the whole duration of reported employment, pay deposits, reference letters, financial transactions, or other documentation.
  5. Language Proficiency: A minimum of CLB 5.
  6. Finances: Enough money to start a life in Canada.
  7. Interview: Video or in-person, subject to employer verification.
  8. Immigration Representatives: Information on the immigration representatives that handle temporary work permits, the MPNP procedure, and LIAs that are involved in the hiring process.
  9. Truck Driver PEI PNP

Truck drivers are eligible to apply for permanent residence in Canada under Prince Edward Island's PEI PNP Critical Worker Stream and PEI PNP Occupations In Demand Stream.

To apply for PEI Occupations in Demand, you must:

  1. Have a full-time, permanent job offer from a non-seasonal PEI firm.
  2. be between the ages of 18 and 59;
  3. have at least one year of relevant work experience;
  4. be in possession of a high school diploma;
  5. be able to produce a valid language test result from an IRCC-approved testing center with a minimum rating of CLB/NCLC level 4 for language proficiency; and
  6. have sufficient funds to pay for your family's immigration-related expenses, including travel costs.
  7. a family's capacity to establish themselves in PEI &
  8. Has plan to become residents of Prince Edward Island.

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