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7 PNP Pathways for Truck Drivers in Canada

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“Is there any special PNP for Truck Drivers in Canada?”

Yes, there are several PNP options available for different types of truck drivers, mainly under the NOC TEER Code 73300 – Transport truck drivers category. Provinces like British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Alberta have added Transport truck drivers to their high-demand occupations lists.

Truck drivers are the backbone of Canada’s economy. Even though they make up only around 5% of the population, they contribute significantly to Canada’s GDP. Being able to deliver goods across Canada is an essential aspect of Canada’s economy that needs support to grow.

Are you a truck driver looking for the right PNP program? If yes, keep reading and find out the top 7 PNP Options for truck drivers in Canada.

  • BC PNP (ELSS): Requires a signed job offer, CLB 4 language proficiency, valid immigration status, a high school diploma, and two years of work experience as a long-haul truck driver in the last three years.
  • Saskatchewan PNP: Requires a valid work permit, positive LMIA, Saskatchewan Class 1A license, CLB 4 language proficiency, and at least six months of full-time work for the employer that provided the Job Approval Letter.
  • New Brunswick PNP: Aligns with NOC TEER 73300. Candidates must have at least 24 months of full-time work experience in NOC 73300 in the last 5 years, including at least 6 months of continuous employment in New Brunswick.
  • Nova Scotia PNP: Eligibility involves a job offer, age between 21 and 55, work experience, education, CLB 4 language proficiency, and financial resources.
  • Ontario PNP: Requires a full-time permanent job offer, expression of interest, nine months of work experience in Ontario, CLB 4 language proficiency, and a high school diploma.
  • Manitoba PNP: Criteria include age (21-50), secondary school credentials, three years of work experience, CLB 5 language proficiency, sufficient funds, and an interview.
  • PEI PNP: Requires a full-time permanent work offer, at least one year of relevant work experience, age (18-59), secondary school diploma, CLB/NCLC 4 language proficiency, financial capability, and an intention to settle in PEI.
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1. BC PNP for Truck Drivers (ELSS)

You can apply for the Entry-Level and Semi-skilled category of BC PNP for truck drivers. British Columbia invites candidates to apply for this category roughly every two weeks. The majority of the candidates under this category fall under NOC TEER 73300. To obtain permanent residence as a truck driver under British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Intention to Live in BC.
  • Economic Benefit to British Columbia.
  • Minimum Language Requirements (CLB 4).
  • Valid Immigration Status in Canada.
  • Signed job offer letter for full-time employment.
  • High school diploma from inside or outside Canada.
  • Two years of work experience as a Long-haul truck driver in the last three years.

2. Saskatchewan Truck Driver PNP

The SINP Long-Haul Truck Driver Project is a unique program under the Saskatchewan PNP for truck drivers. Long-haul truck drivers are allowed to drive for up to 11 hours. However, the driver must stop for at least 30 minutes after eight hours of driving. If you want to apply for SINP as a long-haul truck driver, you must:

  • Have a temporary work permit for at least six months.
  • A positive Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from Service Canada must be required for the permit.
  • The Saskatchewan government must approve the trucking firm you work for.
  • A full-time, permanent position.
  • Have a Saskatchewan Class 1A license.
  • Meet the minimum Language Proficiency level of CLB 4 or higher.
  • Have a valid SINP Job Approval Letter.

Did you know: There has been a shortage of truckers since 2021, and employers cannot hire them fast enough. This is why transport truck drivers come under high-demand occupation across Canada.

3. New Brunswick Truck Driver PNP

The NBPNP has created a pathway tailored for NOC TEER 73300 that helps employers support new drivers. This special PNP for truck drivers program comes under the  New Brunswick Skilled Worker Stream and is effective from March 1, 2022.

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4. Nova Scotia PNP for Truck Drivers

You can move to Nova Scotia permanently as a truck driver through the Occupations in Demand stream under NS PNP. Also, transport truck drivers are in high demand in the Nova Scotian labour market. You are eligible to apply under this category if you:

  • possess a full-time, permanent job offer from an employer in Nova Scotia
  • 21 and 55 years old
  • have one year of work experience related to the job
  • possess a high school diploma
  • possess the necessary training, skills, and/or accreditation for the position;
  • have a CLB Level 4 language proficiency
  • sufficient financial resources to live comfortably in Nova Scotia.

5. PNP for Truck Drivers in Ontario

OINP In-Demand Skills Stream helps truck drivers to live and work in Canada. It is open to foreign workers in and outside of Canada. These are the eligibility requirements for truck drivers to apply for PNP in Ontario:

  • A job offer with a full-time and permanent position.
    Expression of interest and invitation to apply
  • At least nine months of full-time work experience while legally living and working in Ontario three years before application submission.
  • Must have an Ontario driver’s license with nine months’ experience.
  • Minimum Language Proficiency CLB 4 or higher.
  • At least completed a high school diploma or credential, or it is equivalent in another country (ECA required for foreign education).
  • Intention to live in Ontario
  • Legal status in Canada (if applicable)
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6. Manitoba PNP for Truck Drivers

The Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) stream for truck drivers falls under the Skilled Worker in Manitoba Stream (SWM) and the Skilled Worker Overseas Stream (SWO). Long-haul truck drivers must satisfy all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Age: Must be within 21-50 years of age.
  • Education: Have at least secondary school credentials.
  • Work Experience: Minimum three years of continuous and verifiable documented work experience as a long-haul truck driver in the past five years in a jurisdiction where the training, licensing, and/or regulation of truck drivers is comparable to North American standards.
  • Proof of Work Experience: Proof of work experience (reference letters, pay deposits, financial transactions, and/or income tax returns to show the entire period of declared employment).
  • Language Level: Minimum CLB 5 language level.
  • Funds: Sufficient funds to establish in Canada.
  • Interview: In-person or video interview, verification by the employer.
  • Immigration Representatives: Details of immigration representatives involved in the recruitment process (LMIA, temporary work permits, MPNP process).

7. PEI PNP for Truck Drivers

Prince Edward Island’s PEI PNP Occupations In Demand Stream and PEI PNP Critical Worker Stream allow truck drivers to apply for Canadian permanent residence. Applying for PEI Occupations in Demand requires that you:

  • Have a full-time, permanent work offer from a PEI employer that is not seasonal.
  • possess at least a year’s worth of relevant work experience;
  • aged from 18 to 59;
  • possess a secondary school diploma (high school), at the very least;
  • provide a legitimate language test outcome from an IRCC-approved testing facility with a minimum rating of
  • CLB/NCLC level 4 for language proficiency;
  • have enough money to cover your and your family’s immigration charges, including travel expenditures.
  • the ability for a family to settle in PEI and
  • intention to settle in Prince Edward Island.

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