Get the Facts: The Canadian ELD Mandate

The CCMTA (Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators) is in the process of finalizing the Canadian ELD Mandate proposal and could release their ruling within the next year. With the announcement just around the corner, find out what the Canadian ELD could entail before everyone else!

ELDs 101

What is the ELD Mandate?

An electronic logging device, or ELD, is a device used to automatically collect and process a driver’s Hours of Service (HOS) data by connecting directly to the engine’s ECM. The Canadian ELD Mandate will adopt many of the provisions of the U.S. regulation, which took effect in December 2017.

Learn more about the U.S. ELD Mandate here.

Canadian ELD Mandate Quick Facts

  • Will standardize processes to prevent errors, logbook tampering and driver harassment
  • Will adopt most of the provisions in the U.S. Mandate, which took effect in December of 2017
  • Won’t change the Hours of Service regulations—just how drive time is recorded and reported
  • Will require replacing paper logs with a regulation-compliant device that connects directly to the engine ECM
  • New device requirements may require existing “e-logging” devices to be updated or replaced (AOBRDs, EOBRs,





Why is a Canadian ELD Mandate Needed?

At its core, the Canadian ELD Mandate is being developed to increase safety and accountability in the trucking industry, but there are additional reasons it’s being considered. Every year, over $650 billion in goods cross the U.S.–Canada border and the drivers and fleets responsible for that cargo have to comply with changing regulations on both sides. The Canadian mandate will ensure cross-border consistency by adapting much of the U.S. regulation. Once passed, Canadian fleets and drivers will essentially be able to operate across all of North America without having to worry about complying with different regulations when using the Omnitracs products.


Video: Preparing for the Canadian ELD

Watch industry expert Tom Cuthbertson give a preview of the upcoming Canadian ELD announcement. You will learn:

  • What the ELD Mandate is and when it’s happening
  • Similarities and differences between the U.S. and Canadian ELDs
  • How the Canadian ELD could affect your business — and ways to prepare

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The Future of the Canadian ELD Mandate

The Canadian ELD Mandate is currently still in development and has a long way to go before it will be published. Similar to the process used in the U.S. Mandate, the CCMTA will go through a phased review and feedback process to ensure that all arguments are heard before making a final decision. There are indications for when the Mandate will be published, but there are currently no dates for the Canadian ELD compliance deadlines.


Milestone Projected Date
Industry Stakeholder Comments Due Sept 2016 (Complete)
Additional Stakeholder Comments Requested April 2017 (Complete)
Public Comment Period (Gazette I) Q2 2017
Tentative Publish Target (Gazette II) Q2 2019 (Tentative)
Tentative Compliance Target Q4 2020 (Tentative)



ELD Functionality

A large portion of the final mandate will outline very specific details of how ELDs will operate and the processes that drivers and fleets need to follow. The details of these sections are still being fine-tuned for the Canadian Mandate, but you can learn more about the kinds of changes to anticipate below:

Logbook Edits – Drivers will be able to edit their logs (with required annotations), and will be required to certify the logbooks. Fleets will not be able to edit a driver log without the driver’s approval.

Data Sharing – Data will need to be easily—and securely—shared with law enforcement in a standardized format to save time and reduce confusion.

Data Collection – Devices will collect additional data including engine power status, vehicle motion status, vehicle location, engine hours, miles driven, driver CDL#, truck VIN#, and more.

Driver Alerts – Devices will be required to trigger an alert when a there is “unassigned driving time” on a driver log, or when a device malfunction is found.

Driver Duty Status – Will require a “Duty Status” for all vehicle drive time. U.S. Mandate Duty Statuses include: On-Duty, Off-Duty, Yard Move, Personal Conveyance, and On-Duty Not Driving.



Benefits of ELD Adoption

Adopting an ELD does more than keep you safe from regulatory fines. In the U.S., the mandate is projected to save fleets and drivers over $1 billion annually and drastically reduce accidents caused by driver fatigue. Beyond that, there are much more tangible benefits that drivers and fleets can expect with the new technology.

Find out how much you can save by adopting an ELD now! Learn more.


Fleet Benefits

  • Simplified compliance for HOS and other industry regulations
  • Seamless communication between driver, truck, and office
  • Improve overall fleet safety and reduce accidents by up to 11%
  • Cost savings through automation and fleet and fuel efficiency
  • Gain access to powerful, productivity-boosting applications

Learn more about how ELDs can improve fleet performance.

Driver Benefits

  • Save time and money by eliminating paperwork
  • Maximize drive time with fewer and shorter inspections
  • Seamless communication keeps you updated every step of the way
  • Access to applications to increase productivity and earnings
  • Prevents driver harassment by increasing fleet HOS accountability



Preparing for the Mandate

With the Canadian ELD Mandate still in development, fleets won’t have to worry about any regulatory issues for a while. In the meantime, you can get up to speed on U.S. ELD specifications since the Canadian regulation is likely to closely mirror the U.S. version. Additionally, you should pay close attention to the discussions surrounding the U.S. Mandate as they are likely to resurface once Canada adopts its own.

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