Last year, the transportation sector contributed about 4.2% of Canada's total economic output as measured by gross domestic product (GDP). To put that into perspective, the huge mining and oil and gas extraction sector contributed 3.7% to GDP.
"The economic clout of the trucking sector within the transportation industry cannot be denied. More than one-third (35%) of the GDP generated by the transportation sector in 2005 came from trucking. Air, water and rail transportation combined contributed another 25%. The remainder was generated by transit, pipeline, and scenic and support activities for the industry."
Employment in trucking has been on the rise
"The trucking industry, the largest mode of commercial transportation in terms of contribution to GDP, did well last year. For-hire trucking companies increased their profit margins in spite of rising fuel costs. The growth in trucking was largely due to increased trade within Canada."
"Over the last decade, trucking experienced an average annual growth of 5.2%, a faster rate than the 3.4% gain for the overall economy. In 2005, output in trucking increased 4.4%, a slight slowdown from the year before. Trucking is a large consumer of energy, so rising fuel prices have created some concern, although overall profitability for the industry has remained positive. The number of jobs in the trucking industry has shown steady growth over the past several years."
"Employment of truck drivers reached 277,300 in 2005, or the biggest part of the total in transportation. Employment in trucking has been on the rise steadily for a number of years."