HALIFAX, N.S. – A Maritime-based trucking association is concerned about a shortage of qualified drivers in Canada.

The Conference Board of Canada is warning of the impending shortage, and its potential to harm the Canadian economy.

Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association Executive Director Jean-Marc Picard says the industry as a whole needs to do a better job of convincing students that being a truck driver is a valuable career.

“Get them when they’re in their low twenties and they could have a long career with some big companies around here, or small companies.”

Picard says trucking is also a good second career for people retired from the RCMP or the military.

He says the industry has changed over the last decade, with high-tech equipment making driving trucks more comfortable, and that companies are doing a better job at keeping employees by offering higher wages and ensuring that drivers get plenty of time at home.