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January 2006
Vol. 7, no. 1

Perspectives on Labour and Income

On the road again
Vincent Dubé and Denis Pilon

  • Nearly 271,000 people, almost all men, worked as truck drivers in 2004. About four in five were wage earners, while the others were self-employed.
  • Truck drivers constitute a relatively older workforce; about 18% were 55 or older, compared with 13% of workers overall. They also have less education than the average; more than a third did not have a high school diploma, compared with only 14% for all workers. In addition, their ranks contain a smaller proportion of immigrants.
  • Truck drivers earn close to the average but have fewer benefits, particularly a pension plan. They also work much longer hours, often according to irregular schedules. In 2004, wage-earning truckers worked an average of 47 hours per week, with 38% clocking 50 hours or more. Those who were self-employed put in 49 hours, with 70% working 50 or more.

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The authors are with the Transportation Division. Vincent Dub can be reached at (613) 951-7031, Denis Pilon at (613) 951-2707 or both at

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