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What is the Canadian ELD Rule? | 2021 Canada ELD Mandate

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When is the Canadian ELD Mandate?

As of June 12, 2021, the Canadian ELD Rule went into effect. The rule, similar to the one that went into effect in the U.S. in December 2017, requires all motor carriers to have a certified electronic logging device on board. However, we are now in a period of progressive enforcement until June 2022. 

The "Progressive Enforcement Period"

Like the U.S. example, things continued to change as the June 12, 2021 deadline approached. In the Spring of 2021, citing the unprecedented impact of Covid-19 on the commercial trucking industry, the Canadian government announced that it would move to a "progressive enforcement period" for 12 months versus enforcing a strict deadline.

This was good news for all professional drivers who navigate in the Great White North — the progressive period will provide some breathing room for drivers to attain and use Transport Canada certified ELDs without penalty. 

According to Canada's Minister of Transport, the 12-month period will provide "sufficient time for the industry to obtain and install certified electronic logging devices without penalty as of June 12, 2021. Early enforcement measures will consist of education and awareness."

The Canada ELD mandate

The ELD mandate in Canada has been in the works for a number of years — the directive was adopted in 2019 and the effective date set for this June.  As in the U.S., the new Canadian E Log rules requires professional truck drivers who record Hours of Service to move from paper logbooks to Electronic Logging Devices.

The Canadian ELD mandate doesn't change the existing HOS rules, rather it specifies that drivers use electronic logging versus paper-based tracking. 

Using U.S. ELDs in Canada

Will it be okay for drivers to use their U.S. compliant ELDs in Canada? The answer is "yes," as long as the U.S. ELD also supports the Canadian ELD rules and is certified in Canada. 

Thankfully, Canadian regulations allow current U.S. ELD owners to update their devices with the new Canadian ruleset over the air. That is good news for those already using Rand McNally's ELD platforms. As the June deadline approaches, Rand McNally will issue a software update to its devices — first to fleets and drivers that routinely travel in both the U.S. and Canada. 

The Canadian mandate also specifies that ELDs must be verified and certified by an accredited third-party organization, versus the U.S. self-certification model. As a result, ELD vendors, like Rand McNally, have been working with approved certification body to ensure their software and their devices meet all Canadian standards and requirements. 

Keep in mind that drivers who routinely cross the border will need to have an ELD certified in both countries. 

What's the difference between U.S. and Canadian ELD rules?

There are several key differences between the Canada ELD mandate and the U.S. ELD ruleset in place. 

As noted above, Canadian regulations require ELDs to be officially certified while devices are self-certified in the U.S. In Canada, when authorities request that drivers transfer their logs, there is no federal Electronic Record of Duty Status (eRODS) system as in the U.S. During a roadside inspection, the Canadian officer will review the ELD display screen or, if available, a print-out, to review the driver's logs. The safety officer also may provide an email address to which the driver can send the electronic records. 

Beyond the mandate, there are some differences between HOS rules in Canada and those that govern U.S. drivers. The rules stay the same — the method by which the drivers need to log their hours is what changes. 

More information

For more information and details on the new Canada ELD mandate, check out these FAQs from the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators.

ELD Devices for Canada

Rand McNally is working with the approved certification organization to ensure that our LD devices and software meet all Canadian standards and requirements. If you are interested in learning more about your fleet compliance solutions for both the U.S. and Canada, contact us today

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