Manitoba

Manitoba tightens recruiting rules for international long-haul truck drivers

The province has issued new guidelines for recruiting international long-haul truck drivers in an attempt to improve safety and the integrity of a provincial nominee program.

Drivers must be 21-50, have high school education, be screened by employer and more

The province has updated guidelines for recruiting long-haul truck drivers. (Dave Gilson/CBC)

The province has issued new guidelines for recruiting international long-haul truck drivers in an attempt to improve safety and the integrity of a provincial nominee program.

The requirements come following a review of requests from Manitoba trucking companies to recruit drivers from overseas.

"The improved requirements will ensure that any long-haul truck drivers recruited in this province meet not only the new mandatory entry-level training standards for licensing, but have the verifiable experience and safety records required to drive on Manitoba's highways," Education and Training Minister Kelvin Goertzen said in a news release Friday.

"We also want to ensure that all international worker recruitment is consistent with the laws of Manitoba, including verification of employment offers."

Truck drivers must be age 21 to 50 and have a Grade 12 equivalent, a minimum of three years of work experience as a long-haul truck driver, English skills and finances to be able to settle in Manitoba, and undergo screening by their employer, among other criteria.

The province said companies that have expressed an interest in recruiting international truck drivers through the nominee program will be notified whether their requests have been approved.

Companies that are not approved to recruit directly through the nominee program will still be able to apply to Service Canada to recruit under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program if they can meet the federal requirements.

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