Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

January 23, 2015 15:00 ET

Harper Government Supports Greater Efficiency in Trucking Industry Across the West

Training for Drivers and Managers Will Address Skills Development and Knowledge Transfer

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Jan. 23, 2015) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today, the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced $268,000 to support the Manitoba Trucking Association to provide western Canadian truck drivers and managers with skills training and technology demonstrations.

This investment, through the Western Diversification Program, will provide drivers and company managers with on-line and in-person skills training and knowledge transfer as well as technology demonstrations geared to encourage the adoption of the latest transportation technologies such as digital driver logs and logistics software. A web training portal will be established to house the training material and provide convenient access to drivers while "on the road" to enhance participation.

The Manitoba Trucking Association will develop the training materials in collaboration with their sister organizations in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia.

Through this project, the trucking industry will move to a more unified and effective approach to training across the West and will see greater adoption of technology to improve productivity.

Quick Facts

  • Three of Canada's top 10 carriers are in Western Canada - two in Manitoba and one in Alberta.
  • In the West, the trucking industry contributes $7.5 billion to the economy.
  • The trucking industry moves 90 per cent of all consumer products and food within Canada and 60 per cent of trade with the United States, Canada's largest trading partner.
  • The Manitoba Trucking Association is a not-for-profit industry organization representing approximately 250 local companies employing 75 per cent of the long-haul/freight trucks licensed in Manitoba.

Quotes

"Our government's top priority continues to be job creation, economic growth, and long-term prosperity. In partnership with the trucking industry, we are addressing skills development and knowledge transfer concerns for both drivers and managers which will result in improved productivity and the reduction of barriers to the movement of goods."

  • Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface

"This project is meaningful for the trucking industry in Western Canada. Having sector specific training tools, created by industry for industry, and the needed technologies to deliver them remotely will afford trucking companies improved and expanded means to engage in ongoing education. We appreciate Western Economic Diversification Canada's support for this project."

  • Terry Shaw, Executive Director, Manitoba Trucking Association

Additional Links

• Manitoba Trucking Association: www.trucking.mb.ca

• Saskatchewan Trucking Association: www.sasktrucking.com

• Alberta Motor Transport Association: www.amta.ca

• British Columbia Trucking Association: www.bctrucking.com

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Contact Information

  • Lorne Pelletier
    Director, Policy, Planning and External Relations
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    204-510-7659
    lorne.pelletier@wd-deo.gc.ca

    Laura La Palme
    Marketing & Business Development
    Manitoba Trucking Association
    204-632-6600
    llapalme@trucking.mb.ca

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