Across Ontario and Canada, respect for the trucking industry and professional truck drivers has continued to grow by leaps and bounds over the last few years. Now, as national Trucking Week (Sept. 3-9) begins, the industry, politicians and the public can express their appreciation to the hard-working women and men who ensure store shelves remain stocked, and we all have the critical products, food items and medicine we need to be safe and secure.
Transportation Minister Mulroney, whose government has been one of the strongest proponents of the trucking industry in recent memory, issued a video commemorating the occasion and thanked the province’s professional truck drivers for their contribution to the economy.
“Our government is grateful for the hard-working women and men who work tirelessly to keep our economy moving. National Trucking Week is an important opportunity to recognize and thank our truckers for all that they do. Our government will always support our truck drivers and we will continue to work with our partners at the Ontario Trucking Association, to improve safety and grow the industry!”
See the Minister’s comments here.
National Trucking Week, which begins this weekend, was started by the Canadian Trucking Alliance in the late 1990s to embrace the industry and spotlight the contributions of the hundreds of thousands of men and women of the Canadian trucking industry who keep the country’s freight moving, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
During NTW, various events will be taking place across Ontario and Canada, in which the trucking community comes together to celebrate the industry; recognize those who are the backbone of Canada’s economy and to promote the industry’s dedication to safety, diversity and environmental enhancement.
There will be barbecues, picnics, truck show ‘n shines and all kinds of other events at company facilities throughout Canada. Community leaders and local politicians are encouraged to attend constituency events.
OTA Chair James Steed of Steed Standard Transport, says there’s a much greater appreciation for the role our industry plays in their daily lives of Ontarians and the economy, but it’s important the industry continues to recognize these invaluable contributions throughout the year, beyond NTW.
“I want to wish everyone in our industry a happy National Trucking Week and thank each and every professional truck driver and transportation worker who has made Ontario’s trucking industry one of the best in world,” says Steed. “I also want to extend my sincere appreciation to Minister Mulroney and the Ford Government, who truly understands the importance of the industry in the province and has been our champion and supporter from the start.”
To help industry and the public celebrate the occasion, the OTA/CTA has developed several social media banners for sharing. Download your own copies of the graphic messages for free here. When you post and share these messages, these images or any other original images/videos of individual carrier events, please tag @ontruck (Twitter) and @ota_ontruck (Instagram). Also, consider using any of the following hashtags #thankatrucker, #NTW23, #truckingweek2023, #choosetotruck.