Ontario Providing Free Training for Truck Drivers

Truckers are the everyday heroes who keep the wheels of our economy turning, and we need to ensure more people have a chance to explore these purpose-driven careers.

Across Ontario, at least 6,100 more truck drivers are needed to ensure families and businesses receive goods on time and the province’s economy reaches its full potential.

That is why our government is investing $1.3 million to prepare more than 50 women, newcomers, and others from underrepresented groups for in-demand careers in the trucking industry.

Led by the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada, this free program will provide participants with up to 200 hours of training needed to obtain AZ (tractor-trailer) or DZ (straight truck) licenses along with forklift training and other key skills.

Instructors will use both virtual reality and in-cab training to teach participants how to operate a commercial vehicle, perform manoeuvres, conduct inspections, maintain the vehicles and understand commercial vehicle systems and controls.

Each participant will be eligible to receive up to $1,000 for transportation or childcare support, $300 for equipment and a $400 weekly allowance. 

After completing the program, the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada will work with graduates to ensure they are employed as professional drivers.

Interested participants can apply by emailing programs@wtfc.ca