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What You Need to Know About Electronic Logging Devices

Transport Canada recently announced that ELD’s (refered to as Electronic Logging Devices) will be required for all federally regulated carriers by June 12, 2021.

We will keep this page updated as more information becomes available.

  • ELDs will be mandatory as of June 12, 2021.

  • All Canadian ELD’s will require 3rd party certification**

  • Existing hours of service rules, first established in 2005, remain unchanged

  • The new rules apply to federally regulated carriers only for now. The Province of Nova Scotia has not adopted the rules that apply for provincial operations.

  • Drivers will also be able to use a paper daily log if ELD malfunctions. Paper entries can be used for up to 14 days or longer if on a pre-planned trip.

  • If you are required to have an ELD, the owner of the truck must supply: – A users manual for the ELD – An instruction sheet on the operation and how to enter the required information into the ELD. – An instruction sheet must also contain the required information in case of an ELD failure. – 15 paper log sheets must be in the vehicle in case of ELD breakdown.

Exemptions from ELD requirements:

– Trucks rented for less than 30 days

– Trucks manufactured before Model Year 2000

– Trucks operating within a 160 KM radius of their home terminal/ temporary worksite will be exempt from requiring an ELD.

**What does 3rd Party Certification mean**?

The Hours of Service Regulations amendments require motor carriers and drivers to only use ELD’s that have been certified for use by an accredited certification body, meeting the Technical Standard and the Regulations required by Transport Canada. A list of ELD providers and their certified devices will be maintained on Transport Canada’s website.

Hours of Service Regulations can be found here

Updated June 25, 2019


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