Trucking makes big gains

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The trucking industry has expanded in terms of jobs, number of shipments and its contribution to Canada's economy.

In 2011, truck transportation contributed $16.9 billion to the economy and represented almost one-third (28.4%) of transportation and warehousing GDP. In 2010, trucking firms reported 201,108 employees, up 6.3% from 2009. There were 128,429 salaried drivers (+4.3%), and 54,086 (-9.9%) owner-operators.

In 2010, trucking firms received 77% of their trucking revenue from hauling freight within Canada. Of the remainder, 12% came from transporting goods into the country and 11% from transporting goods out of the country.

Firms located in Manitoba (33%), Ontario (32%) and Prince Edward Island (27%) earned larger-than-average shares of their revenue from transborder trucking.

From 2001 to 2010, transportation and warehousing GDP grew 19.1%. As well as a 24.9% growth in trucking, the decade saw growth in air (42.1%), and rail (11.9%), whereas marine (-12.6%) and pipeline (-17.9%) transportation fell.

Data source for Chart 30.2 GDP of  transportation industries, 2011
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