June 12, 2021


The Canadian Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate has landed!

These regulations have been two years in the making and have undergone significant modifications along the way. Read these seven important reminders to ensure your fleet is prepared, no matter where or how often you operate in Canada.

#1: We are currently in a period of education and awareness 

On March 2, 2021, the Canadian Minister of Transport announced the June 12, 2021, deadline would be followed by a period of education and awareness. While June 12, 2021, still marked the day the regulations took effect, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) stated jurisdictions should consider the education and awareness with no penalties component in effect until June 12, 2022.

#2: Your location plays a part

Every province and territory will develop its own strategy for phased enforcement. You can find a list of websites and contact information for each Canadian jurisdiction here.

Additionally, carriers based in the U.S. and Mexico who also operate in Canada must be compliant upon entering Canada once enforcement goes into effect.

#3: There are significant differences between the U.S. and Canadian regulations

The U.S and Canadian ELD Mandates are highly similar and serve the same purpose. They both mandate the electronic recording of hours of service rules for drivers in each country. Yet, there are notable differences drivers must be aware of to operate in both countries successfully. View the seven key differences between both mandates here.

#4: Many helpful resources are available to you

Staying knowledgeable and prepared largely depends on the time you invest in researching the intricate details of the regulations. Luckily, we have a one-stop hub equipped with all your Canadian ELD Mandate FAQs, resource needs, webinars, and much more. Be sure to visit and bookmark!

#5: As of the effective date, there are no certified ELDs

Acceptable ELDs in Canada must be certified by an accredited third party. On October 27, 2020, FPInnovations was authorized to approve ELDs in the country. As of June 12, 2021, there are no certified ELD devices in Canada. Several providers, including Omnitracs, are currently undergoing the certification route with FPInnovations. This is a thorough process that takes copious time. I am diligently monitoring our approval status, and Omnitracs will send out the necessary updates and next steps once we receive certification.

#6: Continue paying attention

While this recommendation may seem obvious, it’s a vital one. There are still critical announcements around the Canadian ELD Mandate that are set to take place. Keep your eyes and ears open to ensure your fleet is always aligned with the industry.

#7: Preparing your fleet ahead of time should be a priority

Once certified ELDs are on the market, carriers should be proactive in choosing the right ELD for their operation. Familiarizing drivers with ELDs and regulatory requirements takes time, training, and teamwork. When you commit to a dedicated provider with a proven history of innovation and compliance, like Omnitracs, you can rest easy with comprehensive regulatory support for the long term.

Omnitracs remains committed to obtaining ELD certification in Canada as soon as possible. It is my foremost priority to continue sharing relevant information and insight as it becomes available. In the meantime, visit omnitracs.com for the most up-to-date resources and FAQs.