Saferway Driver Training School Ltd.

Saferway Driver Training School Ltd.
Truck Training

Friday, June 15, 2012

Transportation and Handling of Dangerous Goods (TDG)

Transportation and Handling of Dangerous Goods (TDG)

Course Content:

This four hour course covers the identification of dangerous goods and the safety requirements of packaging, loading and unloading, and the transportation of dangerous goods, as well as the displaying of proper placards on the vehicles.

A manual is included in the course fee and a certificate will be issued upon successful completion.

$90.00 Per Person

Super B Training at Saferway Driver Training School Ltd.

Class One Advanced Upgrade:

  • The Advanced training lessons are designed for someone with experience in the industry, behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer unit, wishing to upgrade their skills.
  • These lessons are scheduled in blocks of three or more lessons per session and the equipment used is a loaded Super-B-Train and 53' van.

  • Super B-Train - for over-dimensional loads or standard capacity loads of up to 96,000lbs
  • Over All length of 27.5m
  • Overall Box length 23m
  • Over all Height 4.45m
  • 32’ Lead / 28’ Pup-Trailer 
  • Deck Width 102” 
  • Maximum payload (96,000 lbs)

Almost half of Canadian companies feel shortages are restricting their ability to expand.

Statistics Canada has recently released their Labour Force Survey for the Month of May, 2006. The survey highlights the difficulty that many Canadian companies face finding qualified workers to fill positions.

Canada's jobless rate fell to its lowest level in almost 32 years last month, with wages continuing to climb, especially in the West. In Alberta, the average hourly wage has jumped 7.3 % in the past year.

Moreover, the aging population means that job shortages in the near future will only get worse, not better.

“With the demographics being such, [Truckers] have the oldest work force in the country,” said David Bradley, chief executive of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, in an interview Friday. For the first time ever, the number of truck drivers over 50 has exceeded the number of truck drivers under 30 this year, he added.

“We are not getting anywhere near the economic average of young people coming into our sector... so any excess capacity is going to be sucked up by the fact that we are losing more drivers through attrition and aging,” he said.

Trucking isn't the only industry staring at long-term labour shortage problems. According to a Bank of Canada survey, almost half of Canadian companies feel shortages are restricting their ability to expand.

“Right across the industry, we're finding companies complaining because the lack of labour,” said Jayson Myers, chief economist at Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, an industry which has up until recently been cutting jobs.

The situation is especially acute in the West, he said. “It's not just in Alberta, but in Saskatchewan, and the lack of labour is a constraint to future growth.”

Readers of this item may be interested to know that we are currently accepting requests from foreign nationals seeking to live and work in Canada on an expedited basis for immediate full-time employment in the Canadian trucking industry. There is no required investment.

Canadian employers in this industry offer remunerative benefit packages which can exceed C$70,000 – US$60,000 – GBP £35,000.

Trucking in Canada is a $65 billion industry

Trucking in Canada is a $65 billion industry that employs over 260,000 drivers and somewhere in the order of 400,000 Canadians overall. It's a diverse industry made up of a few large companies but dominated by thousands of small and medium-sized businesses and independent owner-operators.

Trucks move 90 percent of all consumer products and foodstuffs within Canada and almost two thirds, by value, of our trade with the United States, our largest trading partner.

Without trucking, the wheels of commerce would stop rolling and Canadians would be unable to enjoy many of their favourite consumer products.

Snapshot of Canada’s Trucking Industry*:

  • As a whole, the trucking industry (including for-hire carriers, private carriers, owner-operators and courier firms) generated an estimated $67 billion in revenues in 2005.
  • With respect to trucking firms, in 2006, general freight carriers accounted for 57 percent of the for-hire revenues of the industry.
  • Truck carriers with annual revenues of $12 million or more accounted for 57 percent of the for-hire trucking industry.
  • Heavy trucks accounted for 21.8 billion vehicle-kilometres in 2006, compared with 7.4 billion vehicle-kilometres for medium-sized trucks.
  • Empty haul movements accounted for 13 percent of heavy truck vehicle-kilometres in 2006, compared with about 5 percent for medium-sized trucks.


  • According to the Canadian Vehicle Survey 2007, there were 789,272 (in scope) heavy trucks (gross weight of at least 4,500 kilograms) in Canada, of which 461,144 were medium-sized, weighing between 4,500 and 15,000 kilograms. A total of 328,128 were Class 8 (heavy) trucks.
  • Ontario (36 percent), Alberta (26 percent) and Quebec (12 percent) accounted for approximately two thirds of the heavy truck fleet.

  • Trucking is a key trade facilitator. About 2/3 of Canada-U.S. trade moves by truck including over 80% of all US exports to Canada. The North American just-in-time inventory system is built around the truck.
  • Canadian for-hire trucking firms carry over 80 percent of total tonnage shipped intra-provincially.
  • In terms of value, in 2007 trucking accounted 58.8 percent of trade with the United States, rail 17.2 per cent, pipeline 13.8 percent, air 5.8 percent and marine 4.3 percent.
  • In 2007, the exports from Canada shipped by trucks totalled $174.3 billion (50.7 percent of total exports) down from $181.3 billion in 2006. Imports from the United States shipped by trucks amounted to $160.9 billion in 2007, down from $166 billion in 2006.
The Border:

  • The busiest trans-border trucking routes were Ontario–U.S. central region, Ontario–U.S. south region and Ontario–U.S. northeast region. Combined, they accounted for almost 80 percent of the shipments.
  • Heavy truck activity across the Canada–U.S. border fell about one percent in 2006 to 12.9 million two-way trips, still below the 2000 peak.
  • Environment:
  • On average, heavy trucks are driven 73,000 kilometres per year, about four times as much as medium trucks, which are approximately driven 19,000 kilometres per year.
  • Heavy truck fuel efficiency averaged about 33 L/100 km, with straight trucks averaging 31 L/100 km and tractor-trailers averaging 35 L/100 km.

  • The trucking industry as a whole employs approximately 400,000 people in communities large and small all across Canada.

* The statistics on the trucking industry have been sourced through Transport Canada 's annual report – Transportation in Canada 2007. For the full report and through various Statistics Canada surveys. Please see for more information.

© 2012, Canadian Trucking Alliance

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Help wanted: Truck drivers

Employing over 400,000 people directly and it is supporting several tens of thousands more in the production and provision of goods and services to the industry, such as truck and trailer manufacturing, sales components and parts manufacturing and distribution, insurance and software development.

Truck drivers operate heavy trucks to transport goods and materials over urban, interurban, provincial and international routes. This unit group also includes shunters/hauslers who move trailers to and from loading docks within trucking yards or lots.

For the full and official description of this occupation according to the National Occupational Classification, visit the NOC site at:

Examples of Occupational Titles

  • Bulk goods truck driver;
  • dump truck driver;
  • flatbed truck driver;
  • logging truck driver;
  • long-haul truck driver;
  • moving van driver;
  • tow truck driver;
  • truck driver;
  • truck driver, heavy truck;
  • truck driver, tractor-trailer.
Current forecasts suggest the industry is facing a major shortage of qualified truck drivers and related occupations in the years ahead, making it an attractive place for existing and future workers looking for an interesting, well-paying and secure career.  The trucking industry has grown steadily since the late 1980s, a result of the 1989 Canada–U.S. Free Trade Agreement. However, the increasing demand for truck transportation, an aging work force and a waning interest in the occupation by young people are contributing to a potential shortage of qualified drivers.

A 2003 industry study estimated that an average of 37,300 new drivers are needed annually until 2008 to keep up with industry growth, retirements and other people leaving the industry.