National Trucking Week is held annually to spotlight the important contributions made by the more than 500,000 Canadian men and women who keep the country’s freight moving. Trucking in Canada is a $67 billion industry and employees over 200,000 truck drivers. 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 a high quality of life.
"Each year the week provides an opportunity to pause and consider the enormous reliance all Canadians have upon truck transportation,” says David Bradley, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Trucking Alliance. “It is undeniable that trucking is vital to our Canadian economy and touches the lives of every Canadian. The reality is whether a shipment needs to go from coast to coast or around the corner, it more than likely will travel by truck. We salute the people of the trucking industry, whether they work behind the scenes or over the road, which are the backbone of the Canadian economy."
Trucking is a diverse industry made up of a few large companies but dominated by thousands of small and medium-sized businesses and independent owner-operators. Members of the trucking industry and industry suppliers mark the week by recognizing truck drivers and other employees in a wide variety of ways," says Bradley.
The week also serves as a platform to enable the country’s trucking associations to deliver important information to the community about the vital role of the trucking industry and how all road users can be partners in safety. The date of this annual week is set each year by the Canadian Trucking Alliance in cooperation with the country’s seven provincial trucking associations.
For more about National Trucking Week and a list of Celebration Ideas – Please visit the Canadian Trucking Alliance web site at www.cantruck.ca.