Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne got a first-hand look at the highway from a trucker’s POV this week during a road trip promoting jobs in Eastern Ontario.
After taking an 18-wheeler for a spin, Wynne talked trucking with Minimax Express Transportation’s Yves Poirier about the challenges facing the industry, including the growing shortage of qualified drivers.
“We talked about attracting youth to the trucking industry and how difficult that is,” Poirier told the Standard Freeholder newspaper. “We as an industry should address that.”
He said Minimax’s recruiting efforts are less challenging because routes are mainly shorter haul confined to Ontario and Quebec, but “it’s a general (problem) throughout the trucking industry.”
Wynne reportedly agreed there’s a shortage: “They need more young drivers,” she said, adding that her government wants to be able to promote to young people “different careers they might never have heard of.”
She said employment has been the chief concern among the constituents she’s met during her summer travels.
Minimax employs 150 people in two provinces, with 80 trucks and 140 trailers.
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