About Us / Our Story

We're here for the long haul.

From a single truckload of potatoes in the 1950s to a fleet of thousands, Day & Ross has grown to become one of the largest transportation companies in Canada. With more than 7,500 employees, drivers, and owner operators, we’re a dominant player in cross-border and LTL/TL transportation, offering a diversified portfolio of transport and logistics solutions across North America. Our commitment to safety and sustainability is rooted in the family values we share with our parent company, McCain Foods Limited.

We’ve been around for 70 years because we believe some principles just can’t be compromised. Call us traditional, but we treat your stuff like it’s our own. So whether we’re delivering precious cargo – like that sold-out shipment of holiday gifts — or a sense of stability for our own team and their families, we’re here for the long haul. It’s tradition. 

Our humble beginnings.
Old DR truck

In 1950, Elbert Day and Walter Ross founded Day & Ross in Hartland, New Brunswick with just one truck to their name. Their first shipment was a load of spuds hauled from New Brunswick to Quebec — a humble beginning, but no small potatoes.

In 1966, Day & Ross became a wholly owned subsidiary of McCain Foods Limited and since then we’ve expanded across North America through growth and acquisitions, including Sameday Worldwide in 1992, REI in 2017, Stonehammer Transport Inc. in 2018, and A&S Kinard and Buckler Transport in 2019. R+L Carriers has been our trusted LTL/TL partner in the USA since 2007, further expanding our coverage and access.

We've got you covered.

We’ve built a reputation for on-time shipping service, total coverage, and customer satisfaction. We offer industry-leading Less-than-truckload (LTL), Truckload (TL), and temperature controlled services — including a high percentage of reefer units and ‘protect from freezing’ heater-equipped trailers. We also provide a full range of logistics solutions, dedicated fleets, and last mile and home delivery services. Whether you’re shipping a couch to an online customer or importing goods from across the world, we’ve got you covered.

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Commerce Solutions

Props from our peers.

We take pride in the work we do. For three years in a row, we’ve been named a General Motors Supplier of the Year for exceeding expectations, creating outstanding value, and introducing innovations to the company. Winners are selected based on performance criteria in Product Purchasing, Global Purchasing and Manufacturing Services, Customer Care and Aftersales, and Logistics. We’re honoured to be recognized out of GM’s 20,000 suppliers.

Our people are our greatest strength. We believe in taking care of our team and making sure Day & Ross is a great place to work. For over a decade, we’ve been recognized consistently as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, and we were named a Top Company for Women to Work for in Transportation in 2018 and 2019.

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