Motor Vehicle and Transit Drivers

In the NWT, drivers in this occupational group must contend with Northern roads. They may have to travel on roads covered by snow and gravel for much of the year, on all-gravel highways, or on winter roads built on ice-covered lakes and land. Drivers deal with difficult visual conditions in winter, including snow, flat light, glare and lengthy periods of darkness. The trucking season to parts of the territory serviced by winter roads, including mining properties north of Yellowknife, takes place in an approximately 70-day window.


  • High school diploma.
  • At least one of the seven classes of driverís licenses that are issued in the NWT.

Future Prospects:

These occupations will continue to be impacted by natural resource development in the NWT. As a result there will be high employment levels during these projects. Most of these jobs will be medium-term, and fall slightly over the long term.

Job Prospects

Current Workforce:

Approximately 10.1% of workers in this occupational group are women. About 43.3% of employees working in these occupations live in Yellowknife, 27.7% live in the regional centres of Inuvik, Hay River and Fort Smith and 29.0% live in other communities. About 33.5% are employed in the Transportation and Warehousing industry and 17.3% in the Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction sector.