A career in the PEI trucking sector: great careers for men and women
PEI trucking companies operate buses, long-haul and short-haul trucks, repair trucks, and manage the logistics around moving freight. From food to furniture to clothes, 95 percent of items Islanders purchase are delivered by truck.
On PEI, there are approximately 250 transportation industry-related companies.
“Approximately 2,000 Truck Drivers are employed in this sector on PEI, with another 2,000 or so employees who keep their wheels turning,” says Brian Oulton, Executive Director of the PEI Trucking Sector Council. “There is a potential need to hire 500 to 800 more people in the next several years to keep up with retirements and the growing demand for trucking services.”
The PEI Trucking Sector Council works to improve the human resources of road transportation companies.
Future growth potential
“Trucking is a growth industry,” Brian says. “The only thing stopping us from growing is the lack of enough people. Across Canada, there will be a need for 50,000 or more drivers and thousands more in private fleets in the next five to seven years.”