Transportation and Warehousing
RAIL Moose Jaw is the hub of two national railways: Canadian Pacific Railway and the Canadian National Railway and terminus of Soo-Line, a direct link to Minneapolis and Chicago. Moose Jaw is the largest main-line refueling facility on CPR’s North American Network.
Moose Jaw serves on the north-south traffic route for Corridor’s giant Global Transportation Hub which feeds materials east and west, and to and from the United States.
TRUCKING Moose Jaw has experienced significant growth in its trucking sector as a prime distribution hub. Moose Jaw is located halfway between Calgary and Winnipeg on the Trans-Canada Highway. Highway #39 connects Moose Jaw to major U.S. markets. The city is home to several large trucking firms shipping products across North America. Some local carrier companies include: Roberge Transport Inc., Favel Transportation Inc., Rockport Carrier Co. Ltd, Norcan Industries Ltd., and Gibson International Carriers. Companies like DD Truck & Trailer Repair, Golden West Trailers & Equipment, Southern Semi-Services, 18 Wheel Car Wash, Roberge Truck Wash, Super ‘B’ Truck and RV Wash Ltd service the local trucking industry.
Recent changes to the vehicle weights and dimensions regulations include increasing the length of the B-train double trailer truck combinations from 26 to 27.5 meters. The maximum truck weight has increased to 63,500 kg up from 62,500 kg. Longer aerodynamic devices attached to trucks to improve fuel efficiency. These changes lower costs and allow for more efficient movement of products across provincial border making Saskatchewan exporters more competitive.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance says the industry is facing a looming labour shortage that could reach 48,000 drivers by 2024. The average truck driver is over 47 and almost 30 per cent of the driving force is over 55 years. The report says the average salary of a truck driver in 2011 was $40,728 but long haul truck drivers can easily make $70,000-$80,000 a year, providing excellent career opportunities.