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Canadian ELD Mandate

Here is all you need to know about the Electronic Logging Device mandate coming to Canada on June 12, 2021

June 12 was the ELD proclamation in Canada.

Are you ready?

If you’re a Canadian business that requires ELD as of 2021, you’re probably concerned about the following:

  • A new regulation is coming to Canada – how will it affect my business?
  • What is it that I need to know about ELDs in Canada versus the US?
  • There is an overwhelming number of ELD providers on the market - I don’t know whom to trust.

Don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place.

Having our own industry expert at the table with Transport Canada – and 10 years behind our belts designing and developing ELDs that truck drivers love – we got your back.

And if you’re still not clear about something – you can always ask our expert to clarify whatever you need! It’s completely free.

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BigRoad is

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Proudly Canadian

BigRoad, a Fleet Complete Company was born and raised in Canada's 'Tech Hub': Waterloo, Ontario


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Compliance Committed

Our in-house compliance expert has more than 30 years of Canadian and U.S. experience.


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Full Stack ELD

BigRoad's ELD is plug 'n' play and features HOS alerts, DVIR, DOT Inspection Mode, fuel tracking for IFTA and more!


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Your Load Board Partner

Every ELD solution includes a free digital load matching platform so that you never haul an empty truck!


At a glance


90,000 active clients

4.3 million app downloads

20 years in trucking

BigRoad - Your ELD Compliance Partner

Whether you’re a small or large fleet, BigRoad has everything you need to be compliant with HOS rules and the ELD mandate. Nearly 100,000 drivers and fleets have chosen BigRoad as their ELD compliance partner – see how our solution can help you!

BigRoad will help you track your Hours of Service (HOS), alert to upcoming violations, speed up your DVIRs, record and manage your fuel and, best of all – help you fly through roadside checks!

Designed and developed with drivers in mind
 
BigRoad has been tried and tested by thousands of drivers across the US and Canada.
 
Designed in Canada: It has been designed and developed here in Canada, with an expertise from industry veterans who have been truck drivers themselves.
 
Award-Winning: Our award-winning solution has been recognized for unparalleled growth, value to customers, and competitive positioning by Frost & Sullivan.
“I've been using BigRoad ELD on my smartphone for some time and it is a great app, easy to use and meets all requirements. Thanks for developing a great app!”
 
Ron – Driver
Ottawa ON
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DashLink ELD: Connected Compliance

BigRoad’s DashLink ELD is the easiest and most affordable way to create engine-connected logs.

  • Create accurate and reliable driver logs automatically
  • Interchangeable between vehicles and drivers
  • Zero upfront hardware costs
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Easy Plug 'N' Play Installation

BigRoad’s ELD solution offers simple plug 'n' play self installation. 
Just plug our solution into your OBD or ECM port.

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Mobile App: Prevent Errors, Reduce Violations

The #1 electronic logbook app for drivers on Android and iOS. Clean and inspection-ready logs with the BigRoad Mobile App. 

  • Eliminate violations
  • Real-time visibility into available drive time
  • US and Canadian rule sets supported
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Web App: Minimize Risk, Maximize Efficiency

Build a better fleet with BigRoad’s real-time fleet management solution.

Reduce time spent on administrative tasks, instantly identify potential violations and proactively manage your drivers to improve your operations.

  • Manage risk and prepare for inspections
  • Improve and protect your safety score
  • Reduce audit risk and time
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The Load You Want When You Want It.

In-App Load Matching: Book More Loads, Make More Money
 

Included with BigRoad ELD is BigRoad Freight, a load board built to help you find additional hauls wherever you are.  No brokerage fees, no hassle.  Post or search for a load and BigRoad Freight does the rest.  The best part is, it's integrated within the BigRoad Mobile App!

Loads are suggested to you based on your GPS coordinates and typical routes. Gain hours-of-service (HOS) awareness and visibility.

  • Book loads 24/7 from within the BigRoad Mobile App.
  • Loads are suggested to you based on your GPS coordinates and typical routes.
  • Gain hours-of-service (HOS) awareness and visibility.
  • Keep more money in your pockets.
  • Improve your compliance with HOS visibility.
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"We love the simple interface and how fast everything is! BigRoad Freight helps us make sure our customers get their deliveries on time and helps to keep our bottom line looking healthy."
 
Clara W.  – Kitchen Wholesaler

For full compliance with the Canadian ELD mandate, our BigRoad ELD solution contains updated features available starting Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021. Covering all new requirements, the new features include:

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Team Driving

(Available for both US and Canada fleets)
This new feature includes 2 drivers to be connected to the same truck and operate as team Drivers. Additional features include switching trucks, switching roles and re-assigning drive time between team members while being compliant on the road to avoid violations/citations and increase fleet productivity.


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CDN Sleeper Berth

BigRoad now supports Canadian ELD split sleeper berth rules for single and team drivers for Canada North of 60 (60°N) and South of 60 (60°S) cycles. Drivers can benefit from splitting off-duty time using sleeper berth on all federal Canadian cycles.


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CDN OFF-Duty Deferral

Bigroad now supports Canadian ELD off-duty deferral requirements. This new feature allows drivers to defer up to 2 hours of off-duty time to the next day, so those 2 hours can be utilized for driving on the current day. This adds to driver and fleet productivity while keeping driver logs compliant as per the Canadian ELD regulations.


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CDN Cycle and Jurisdiction Enhancements

BigRoad will support all Canadian Federal Cycle, and Jurisdiction changes. For fleets operating in Canada or cross the border, Bigroad app allows you to switch between US and Canadian cycles while calculating drive / on-duty and off-duty time accurately to keep you compliant on the road.


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CDN Personal Use and Yard Move

We are now fully compliant with Canadian personal use and Yard Move regulations. Key Highlights: Supports daily personal use limit of 75Kms and Supports yard move vehicle speed limit of 32 km/h.


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Roadside Inspection and Output Files

Bigroad complies with Canadian Eld Output file requirements as well as roadside inspection. Drivers will have complete support when stopped at a roadside inspection or asked to transfer RODS to Transport Canada safety officials.


Features included

  • Award-winning, feature-rich ELD
  • Hours of Service countdown
  • In-app DVIR
  • Fuel management (for IFTA)
  • BigRoad Freight load-matching included
  • Know how much drive time each driver has available at a glance
  • Simplify the collection of fuel tax details (IFTA reporting)
  • Provide real-time advice to drivers using current traffic condition
  • Reduce time spent on administrative tasks
  • Instantly identify potential violations
  • Real-time driver, location, and traffic info
  • Stop worrying about roadside inspections
  • Create accurate reports in a few clicks
  • Automatically capture mileage per state or province
  • Organize reports by driver, fleet, and timeframe

Why Wait?

Test us out today to see if we fit your fleet’s and driver’s unique needs and requirements! We’re pretty sure we will. 

One of our friendly team members will be happy to demonstrate how our products work, how they can save you money and how easy our ELD is!

Request a demo by filling out the form below or call us at

1 (888) 305–8777

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to ELD mandate:

1. Getting ready for the deadline

Our VP, Safety, Compliance & Regulatory Affairs is a renowned industry expert and has strong ties with Transport Canada and its certification partner FPInnovation. With his guidance and expertise in HOS, ELD and Canadian regulations, our engineering team is confidently working towards certification by June 12th, 2021.

2. How confident are you with meeting the deadline?

As a Canadian company and industry veteran, we’ve been part of the conversation in developing Transport Canada’s ELD guidelines since the beginning. Our teams have full visibility of the requirements and technical specification to reach certification.

3. How does Transport Canada’s educational enforcement period impact the deadline?

What the 12-month ELD educational enforcement period in Canada means that is if you are operating a commercial vehicle, that is not otherwise exempt from ELD between June 12, 2021, to June 12, 2022, you and/your driver will not be cited for an ELD violation by a safety official during this time. All other hours of services requirements in Canada will continue to remain in force.

4. Who benefits from the certification?

These guidelines are being introduced at an opportune time. According to Canada Safety Council, 21% of fatal vehicle collisions are attributed to driver fatigue. These regulations will help to increase road safety while helping to improve operational efficiency. The safety of drivers and customers has always been Fleet Complete’s number one priority, and it will remain that way.

5. Do you support both English and French?

Yes, we have Canadian-based facilities and employees to support our clients in English and French. This includes requirements associated with staff and driver training, documentation, and addressing future Canadian regulatory changes.

6. What are the technical requirements to have an ELD device certified in Canada?

Here is a list of some of the key requirements:

  • ELD synchronizes with the vehicle’s engine and includes GPS tracking.
  • ELD captures driving time automatically, including unidentified driving.
  • ELD lets drivers use special driving statuses, Yard Move (YM) and Personal Use.
  • ELD has a mechanism to verify logs and agree to edits.
  • ELD has an on-screen display to show inspectors at roadside.
  • Both jurisdictions can generate an output file for inspectors but will be displayed in different formats.
  • Pre-2000 vehicles are exempt from the mandates.

7. If you’re working with Transport Canada Certification Stakeholder Advisory Committee to develop and deliver a certification program, why aren’t you certified?

Transport Canada is taking a very stringent approach to the review process. The assessments are ongoing, and Transport Canada has yet to announce any approved ELD providers via it’s approved third party.

8. Which hardware will be supported?

Fleet Complete is committed to provide a variety of solutions to meet our diverse customer base and any sized fleet requirements. Our teams are working to prepare different hardware solutions for certification. You can be confident regarding the safety, functionality, and reporting accuracy of our devices.

9. Are there ELD Mandate Exemptions for Canada?

There are four main exemptions from ELDs listed in Canada Gazette Part 2.
Commercial motor vehicles will be exempt if:

  • They are operating under a permit from a provincial or territorial HOS director;
  • Have a statutory exemption;
  • They are subject to a rental agreement with terms being under 30 days;
  • They are operating a vehicle manufactured before 2000.

Other existing exemptions in Canada's SOR/2005-313 HOS that were not included in Gazette 2 are:

  • Truck, tractor, trailer or any combination of them that has a registered gross vehicle weight less than 4,500 kg;
  • Bus designed & constructed seating capacity of less than 10 persons, including the driver;
  • 160 Km Radius short haul exemption.

Differences and similarities with the US and Canadian ELD mandate

Similarities
 

Potential similarities include, but are not limited to:

  • ELD synchronizes with the vehicle’s engine, and includes GPS tracking.
  • ELD captures driving time automatically, including unidentified driving.
  • ELD lets drivers use special driving statuses, Yard Move (YM) and Personal Use.
  • ELD has a mechanism to verify logs and agree to edits.
  • ELD has an on-screen display to show inspectors at roadside.
  • Both U.S. and Canadian jurisdictions can generate an output file for inspectors, but will be displayed in different formats.
  • Pre-2000 vehicles are exempt from the mandates.
Differences

There are some functional requirements that are different. Specifically, the Canadian ELD mandate:

  • Does not include a central system for inspectors to use at roadside like the eRODS system in the US. This means each province will be responsible for developing and deploying their own inspection mechanism.
  • Driver’s will have an option to email driver logs via an output file to an officer’s email to view during an inspection (province specific), in addition to showing the screen at roadside.
  • Does not require capturing the VIN number.
  • There is no self-registration/certification process for ELDs.
  • An exemption is included for rental vehicles used for less than 30 days.
  • Requires the ELD to accurately and concisely track and manage deferred OFF Duty time.
  • Requires the ELD allow a mechanism to enter hours captured elsewhere (for example, driving done for another company).
  • Requires the ELD to include HOS cycle details and allow drivers a mechanism to switch between them.


Similarities between the US and Canadian ELD mandate includes:

Canadian requirements have been largely aligned with those in the US to make cross-border operations easier. This allows carriers to use a single ELD solution in both countries, given that the ELD is approved in both countries.


Among the similarities, here are the main elements that must be well understood by users:

  • Automatic detection of driving status from 8 km/h.
  • Automatic return to “on duty” status after a 5-minute stop.
  • “Yard move” feature.
  • Diagnostics and defect management.
  • Unassigned driving management.
  • Change approval by drivers.
  • Driving status cannot be modified.
  • No grandfather clause in Canada

While the FMCSA gave a two-year transitioning period for carriers who were already using electronic recording devices to make a formal switch to ELDs in the US, Canada will not give a transition period.


ELD mandate outcomes that Canada can anticipate:

  • Detention times unchanged
  • Parking shortages
  • Better hours of service compliance
  • Roadside issues


ELD mandate Canada: Implementation

  • How BigRoad can help you on your path to compliance: The BigRoad solution provides the simplest and most worry-free path to compliance you will find. Why? BigRoad was specifically founded to address the hours-of-service requirements facing drivers and fleets. So, we have been at this a long time!
  • How to pick the best ELD solution for your business: Choosing a fleet management solution is a big decision that will impact your business for years to come. The right solution can simplify operations, reduce costs, and accelerate growth. The wrong solution can cause unnecessary headaches, leave your business at-risk, and restrict growth.


Key fleet management features to look for:

Compliance
  • Does your ELD solution comply with the Canadian ELD mandate?
  • Complete pre- and post-trip inspection reports?
  • File International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) reports?
GPS tracking
  • Do you have trailers, equipment, or other high-value assets?
  • Do you frequently call or email customers with driver ETA updates?
  • Do you need to know how long drivers or assets spend at a job site? Or when they arrive and leave a facility?
Safety
  • Real-time alerts
  • Automatic categorization
  • Customizable driver scorecards
  • Coaching workflow
  • Built-in dash cams
  • View the dash cam footage real-time
Efficiency and performance
  • Excessive vehicle idling and reduce fuel usage
  • Asset utilization
  • Vehicle diagnostic and fault code reports
Driver communication and dispatch
  • Instant messaging to drivers
  • Broadcast messages
  • Ability to send and store documents (i.e., proof of delivery, receipts)
Installation
  • Hardwired
  • Plug-and-play
  • User experience
  • Support and reliability
  • Offer 24/7 support
  • What resources are available to ensure your success?
  • Data vs. Insights
  • Integrations
Get ready for the Canadian ELD mandate
  • Install and test your ELD

Resources


Blogs:

CCMTA Announced 12 Month ELD Enforcement Approach
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What Canada's ELD Mandate Means for Extra Provincial Carriers
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Government of Canada Implements ArriveCAN Program That Includes Commercial Transport
On February 14, 2021, the Government of Canada issued an Order in Council declaring that all travellers must use the ArriveCAN app for the purpose of re-entering Canada. More ›
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Transport Canada's ELD Announcement - What Does It Mean For You?
Transport Canada Minister Omar Alghabra issued a public statement last week on electronic logging devices (ELD) for commercial vehicles in Canada. More ›
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Transport Canada Minister Releases a New Statement on ELD
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How are ELD Malfunctions Managed Differently in Canada?
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A Guide to Ontario’s Safe, Productive & Infrastructure-Friendly (SPIF) Vehicles Program
According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, "SPIF [Safe, Productive & Infrastructure-Friendly] vehicles are designed to be as productive as possible, while ensuring... More ›
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Comprendre la réglementation sur les DCE appliquée au Canada - French version
Le ministre des Transports, Marc Garneau, a annoncé la mise en œuvre d’une réglementation sur les DCE « made in Canada » le 13 juin 2019. Tous les conducteurs de véhicules... More ›
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Bill 23 - Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Use in Ontario 2020
The Government of Ontario is moving forward with the introduction of legislation for commercial motor vehicles that move people and goods within the Province of Ontario. More ›

Resource Pages:

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BigRoad Freight’s ELD Load-Matching Platform Adds a New Service for Fleets
Following the immense success of its pioneering load-matching platform for owner-operators needing to account for Hours of Service, BigRoad Freight extends its services to fleet-wide dispatch. Dispatchers will now be able to search shipments and allocate them to the drivers in their fleet with fast payment solutions. More ›

Webinar:

Webinar - The Canada ELD Educational Enforcement Period

The Canada ELD Educational Enforcement Period

Transport Canada Minister, Omar Alghabra, recently announced a 12-month ELD Educational Enforcement in Canada. In this webinar, Marc Moncion, will explain what this means for you and your fleet. Watch Now ›

Webinar - Understanding the ELD Rules for Canada

Understanding the ELD Rules for Canada

This webinar, lead by our in-house expert, Marc Moncion, will get you up to speed on everything you need to know about the impact of this ELD rule on fleets moving people and goods in Canada. Watch Now ›

Webinar How to Optimize your Business with ELDs

How to Optimize your Business with ELDs

In this webinar, Bert Goo, VP Sales & Partnerships at FleetOps, will join Marc Moncion for a conversation about how to use a SMART Digital Load Board to optimize your business. Watch Now ›

Webinar Comprendre la réglementation sur la DCE appliquée au Canada

Comprendre la réglementation sur la DCE appliquée au Canada

Regardez ce webinar pour apprendre tout-ce qu'il faut savoir par rapport a les DCE appliquée au Canada. Watch Now ›

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Top 5 Benefits of Using ELDs in Canada

Enough chatter about legislation and regulations. Being compliant isn't the only benefit to using ELD software. Learn how you and your business can benefit from the ELD mandate. Watch Now ›

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How to Ensure a Smooth Canada ELD Transition

Ensure a smooth ELD Transition from the corporate office to middle Managers, Front Office Supervisors and Dispatchers, right to the professional Truck Drivers moving your passengers or freight. Watch Now ›

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BigRoad Webinar for Drivers

Training video discussing the BigRoad Mobile App & Driver Workflows. Watch Now ›

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BigRoad Webinar for Admins

Training video discussing Security Profiles, User Accounts, Assets, Resources, and more. Watch Now ›