Windsor

Truckers, trucking companies coming to Windsor from GTA

Operations manager Carl Gatt says companies are buying commercial properties in Windsor-Essex for much cheaper than they can get in the GTA.

'Windsor is a wonderful place!'

Contractor Sam Singh moved to Windsor from Brampton because costs for living were lower. (Sanjay Maru/CBC)

BSD Line Haul opened a Windsor division in 2015 with less than 15 trucks.

In a year, they had more than 110 trucks. 

According to operations manager Carl Gatt, truck drivers at the company were moving down to Windsor from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), especially starting around 2017.

"We've got at least 25 drivers that relocated to Windsor already, just from Brampton, from Markham," said Gatt.

He said there are other trucking companies coming to Windsor-Essex and buying up commercial property "nobody really wanted."

"Because you gotta understand, they can buy an acre here for $600,000 to $700,000," he said. "Up in Brampton, they have to spend $1.8 million to $2 million an acre."

Carl Gatt, operations manager for BSD Line Haul says at least 25 drivers in the company are from Brampton. (Sanjay Maru/CBC)

BSD contractor Sam Singh said truck drivers are also moving due to Windsor's proximity to the United States.

"They come from Toronto, get to Windsor and hook up [a load]," said Singh. And after the driver crosses the border and comes back, the driver then has to go back to Toronto. 

"In Windsor, they can go to the U.S. in the same day," said Singh — that's one of the main reasons he moved to Windsor from Brampton in June 2017. 

Lower costs of living

Singh said there's another advantage besides shorter runs — lower costs.

"A lot of families moved down here because it's easier to afford a house," said Singh. "There's less mortgage, less payments."

The same goes for Tarlochan Singh Manjh, who moved to Windsor from Brampton in March 2018.

"This city is very cheap," he said. He drives trucks for Chase Transportation and his wife drives school buses.

Tarlochan Singh Manjh, left, and his wife Narinder Kaur Manjh moved to Windsor in March last year. (Submitted by Tarlochan Singh Manjh)

Both Manjh and Singh feel the environment in Windsor is safer than where they came from in the GTA.

"It's a peaceful community around here," said Singh. "Windsor is a wonderful place!"

Not only that, Manjh said the schools are better and it's less crowded in Windsor.

Since he moved, three of his friends have followed him down to Windsor. Another one is planning to move in April.

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