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About Trucking In Saskatchewan
Truck transport plays a critical role in everyone’s lives – even if they do not know it. Every part of your life – from the fuel in your vehicle to the food in your fridge, was delivered by a truck. In our landlocked province, trucking make our imports and exports possible and employs roughly 5% of Saskatchewan’s population. Across Canada, trucking provides millions of jobs; there are thousands of trucking companies in Saskatchewan alone, hauling a variety of products from agriculture products to food and consumer goods like televisions, clothes and pet supplies.
Trucking and the Environment
Many people think of trucks from back in the day – barreling down the highway billowing black smoke, burning diesel like it’s their job – this is not the reality of trucking today. Truck emissions have been systematically and significantly reduced in recent years. Since 2010, trucks have virtually eliminate smog creating emissions from engines. Trucks now utilize cutting edge technology to track fuel consumption and adjust for efficiency. Fleets (trucking companies) have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in driver education and after market additions to trucks that aid in reducing fuel consumption and lowering pollution.
Trucking and Safety
The Saskatchewan Trucking Association always says ‘All Roads Lead to Safety’, which means that safety is a consideration in every decision the industry makes. As one of the few industries that shares its workplace with the public, trucking understands the added responsibility our industry faces in keeping drivers and the motoring public safe. Contrary to some public perception, trucks are statistically the safest vehicles on the road. In 2018, Saskatchewan introduced Mandatory Entry Level Training for Class 1 licenses. This means that all drivers now complete a set curriculum developed by the industry and Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) to ensure new drivers are as skilled and educated as possible before they are given a license.
Trucking and the Economy
Saskatchewan has 26,250 km of highways, including 131 km of ice-road highways. That means Saskatchewan has the largest municipal road network in the country and the trucking industry utilizes it to get Saskatchewan-produced goods to market. From grain to crude oil, Saskatchewan’s export-heavy economy relies on truck transport. The trucking and warehouse sectors are one of the top occupations in Canada, employing hundreds of thousands of Canadians. 15% of Saskatchewan’s 1.1 million residents are directly employed by the trucking and warehousing industries. Without taking the drivers’ income tax into account, it is estimated that each truck on the road pays over $60,000 per year in taxes. Want more information on how trucking affects our economy? Check out the trucking fact sheet!
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Things to Look for in a Company
Finding the Right Fit
There are 8 important categories or criteria that interested industry entrants should consider when looking for a trucking company to work for.
- Recruitment and retention
Recruitment and Retention is critical to the sustainability of trucking companies. Companies with strong recruitment practices will be visible to people of various backgrounds and abilities. These companies will not be exclusive in how the hire. Accommodation and return to work measures are integral to the company’s approach to engaging and retaining workers. Employers with solid retention rates will be engaging, provide you with mentorship and provide you further opportunities to develop your career.
- Employee engagement & workplace culture
Trucking is diverse and so should the employers you work for. Engagement is key to ongoing and open communication and should be encouraged at all levels, starting with the manager(s). Employees need to feel comfortable to bring issues forward and have space to talk about challenges and struggles. Having a workplace culture built on respect and communication is key. Employers could have several initiatives that invest in the workplace culture, such as employee appreciation weeks, regular potlucks and lunches, or even cultural celebrations.
- Compensation & total rewards
Compensation is important and your efforts deserve to be rewarded. Good trucking companies know that. Since 2018, the trucking industry has seen marked increases in compensation for truck drivers, often at double-digit rates. You may also encounter compensation in mileage pay. This is still a trend in the industry, however, there has been a shift away from mileage pay towards hourly pay to help attract younger workers to the industry. This is something to keep in mind when looking for your next great career.
- Workplace wellness & mental health
Our mental health and wellness are critical to our performance at work. Employers you would want to work for should have policies in place and demonstrate a commitment to wellness in the workplace. Like physical illness, mental illness can take many forms, and this can cause stress at work. In a safety-sensitive industry like trucking, your mental health is important. Trucking companies that value this will offer flexible work arrangements, demonstrate a work-life balance, provide an employee assistance program and even provide mental health first aid training.
- Workplace diversity & inclusion
When looking for a trucking company to work for, one of the first things to look for is their purpose, mission, vision, and values statements. You want to work for employers that value diversity and accommodate all types of people, including women, indigenous peoples, people with disabilities, and other visible minorities. A more diverse workplace means greater health and wellness, and improved productivity and innovation.
- Training & skills development
Your personal and career development is important. Employers you work for should recognize this and provide you with opportunities to build your skills and learn on the job.
- Corporate citizenship & environment
Trucking companies have a social responsibility and should operate in an ethical manner. This means their operations should benefit society as a whole. Trucking companies should maintain a balance between economy and ecosystem. Yes, trucking companies have a responsibility to bring goods to market, which in turn impacts our economy. In doing this, trucking companies should be aware of their environmental impact and be involved in initiatives that help reduce their Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
- HR innovation
HR Innovation is essentially combining the previous seven points. When you are looking for a trucking company today, look to join a team that is innovative, committed to safety and excellence and is a leader in diversity and inclusion. Together we can all contribute to bettering the world.
The Saskatchewan Trucking Association is the leader and voice for truck transport in the province of Saskatchewan. As proactive trusted advisors, the STA is a knowledgeable membership association that represents the collective interests of the truck transport industry through authentic advocacy and education.