Collège Boréal Trains Truckers to Meet the Needs in Northern Ontario

Collège Boréal Trains Truckers to Meet the Needs in Northern Ontario

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Collège Boréal Trains Truckers to Meet the Needs in Northern Ontario


April 10, 2014 – Timmins – Collège Boréal

Continuing Education Program offers specialised trucking training to meet the needs of the region.

For the very first time, Collège Boréal is training truck drivers in order to meet the needs in this growing industry in Hearst, Kapuskasing and Timmins where Boréal campuses are situated. Indeed, for a few weeks now, students have been participating in this new program on site, in Timmins, and are preparing for a fulfilling new career in this field.

Students interested in the trucking industry can now choose from various programs linked to specific fields. In Timmins, while the first six weeks are dedicated to learning the principles of trucking, the second half of the program is offered in a forest environment in order to meet the specific needs of the forestry sector. A partnership with Millson Forestry Services Inc. provides students with access to specialised equipment – trucks and trailers – used in this sector. Moreover, a partnership with Northern Environmental Services (NES) allows students to use their loading dock so that they may practice backing up in this type of space.



“This new training program demonstrates that Collège Boréal is truly responsive to the needs of the communities it serves. We are happy to be able to offer this quality program in order to train qualified workers who will be fully equipped to work in this growing sector. ”

–          Pierre Riopel, President, Collège Boréal

“I am very pleased to announce that we are now offering this program in Timmins because it really meets the needs of surrounding communities where the forest industry appears to be growing again.”

–          Jean-Pierre Nadon, Director, Timmins Campus, Collège Boréal



Quick facts

Collège Boréal is offering three (3) possible options for this program: six (6), eight (8) or (twelve) 12 weeks of training.

Students living outside of Timmins will note that lodging is included and can be incorporated to their registration fees if they want.

The forestry component of this program is available in Timmins only.

Logging operations, mills and wood product manufacturers expect to hire 40,000 to 120,000 workers by 2020. (Special Report, The Future of Jobs, Macleans, September 16th, 2013)

The trucking industry is suffering a critical shortage of drivers, which could have an outsized impact on the economy, given the importance of truck transport to North American supply chains. (Special Report, The Future of Jobs, Macleans, March 19th, 2013)

Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language postsecondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of Northern and Central-Southwestern Ontario communities.

Collège Boréal has the highest graduation and graduate satisfaction rates of all 24 community colleges in Ontario.


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