For most provinces in Canada, the electronic logging mandate is in effect as of January 1, 2023. However, there are some delayed enforcement rules.
As a general guide, if a driver was required to complete a daily log under a specific hours-of-service regulation in a Canadian jurisdiction before January 1, 2023 — they could be required to use a certified third-party ELD. Keep reading to learn more details about the rules and regulations for each province.
There is no requirement in Alberta for provincially regulated carriers or their drivers to have an ELD. The regulation allows for the use of a daily electronic log or a daily paper log. Enforcement of federally regulated carriers that travel across provincial borders started on January 1st, 2023.
Do your vehicles operate solely within British Columbia? Until there are further amendments, you will not be required to use an ELD for travel within the province.
However, if your vehicles operate in any other Canadian jurisdiction, it is your responsibility to have each vehicle installed with a certified ELD and to ensure your drivers are using them in compliance with Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations (CVDHOSR).
Drivers and carriers are encouraged to take the time to familiarize themselves with the use of ELDs and equip their vehicles if they are required to do so by regulation.
New Brunswick incorporated the federal ELD mandate. Full enforcement of the mandate began on January 1, 2023, for drivers that travel over 160 kilometers from their home base. However, the Province of New Brunswick will not issue fines to truck drivers who don’t use a third-party certified ELD device. Regulatory shut down powers will not be used even in the case of gross negligence.
Newfoundland and Labrador
The requirement to install and use electronic logging devices currently applies only to federally regulated carriers. Carriers that operate only in Newfoundland and Labrador are not required to install and use electronic logging devices. Enforcement of federally regulated carriers started as of January 1st, 2023.
There has been no official announcement regarding ELDs as of yet for the Northwest Territories.
Intra-provincial motor carriers are not required to have their commercial motor vehicle drivers use an ELD in Nova Scotia. Enforcement of extra-provincial carriers started on the first of January, 2023.
There has been no official announcement regarding ELDs as of yet.
The Ontario mandate is very similar to the federal mandate, which came into effect for commercial truck carriers on June 12, 2022. Enforcement began on January 1, 2023. This date aligns with the rollout of ELD enforcement for federally regulated commercial truck and bus carriers. Bus carriers who operate in only Ontario are required to use a certified ELD as of July 1, 2023.
Prince Edward Island
Provincially and federally regulated carriers and drivers in Prince Edward Island are required to use certified ELD devices. Enforcement started on January 1st, 2023, along with the federal mandate and most provinces.
When will ELD use be enforced in Québec?
The Province of Québec will provide guidance on its enforcement of interprovincial ELD requirements early this year, however, it suggests enforcement will be no later than June 1st, 2023.
All the requirements and steps involved in using ELDs will then be provided in a subsequent issue of the Le Relayeur newsletter from the Québec vehicle insurance association (SAAQ).
Daily logs already in use can continue in heavy vehicles traveling on Québec roads until the amended regulation respecting the hours of driving and rest of heavy vehicle drivers comes into effect, regardless of whether or not those vehicles are registered in Québec.
Will heavy vehicles providing extra-provincial transportation services have to be equipped with an ELD when traveling in Québec as of January 1, 2023?
This will be the case only once the regulation making the ELD mandatory in Québec comes into effect.
Until then, drivers of any heavy vehicles providing extra-provincial transportation can continue to use paper or electronic daily logs when traveling within Québec. Truck drivers traveling to other provinces or into the United States must follow the mandates in that jurisdiction.
Do I require an ELD in Saskatchewan?
If you have cross any provincial, territorial, or international boundary to enter Saskatchewan, federal regulations apply to you. Inter-provincial trucks and buses (federal carriers) must have an ELD.
If you operate solely within Saskatchewan (provincial carriers), you do not require an ELD. You must continue to record hours of service under provincial regulations. You can do this using paper-based logs, an ELD, or any other approved method.
When will an ELD be required and enforced in Saskatchewan?
The law mandating Inter-provincial federal carriers operating in Saskatchewan to operate a certified ELD started on January 1, 2023.
The Yukon is only educating drivers about the federal mandate as of now. Truckers based in the Yukon that travel to other jurisdictions will be subject to enforcement in other provinces, Alaska, or other parts of the United States. Please see the Government of the Yukon’s press release for more details.
If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to the specific Canadian jurisdiction directly to confirm if there are any current changes in direction for ELD enforcement of extra-provincial and intra-provincial motor carriers.
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