Geotab takes steps towards Canadian ELD certification

Published on March 4, 2021 in Compliance by Inshaal Badar


The Canadian ELD mandate deadline is approaching. Are you prepared?

Transport Canada has committed to the Canadian electronic logging device mandate beginning June 12, 2021. However, on March 2, the Transport Minister announced a progressive enforcement period which means that all fleets will now have more time. This step was taken to account for the impact of COVID-19 and will help fleets avoid violations and potential issues with any of the Canadian law enforcement agencies and regulations.

Despite the enforcement period, cross-border and Canadian fleets need to start investing in an ELD solution that will help save money and time as it is very critical to the success of their business and Geotab understands the importance of this.

Read on to learn all the steps necessary to obtain Canadian ELD certification.

How does Canadian ELD certification differ that in the U.S.?

In Canada, ELDs cannot be self-certified. Instead, Canadian ELDs need to be third-party certified. The certification can be done by an accredited organization that will make sure that the proper regulations set by the Canadian government are being followed.

However, in the U.S, ELDs are self-certified by the manufacturer and do not require a third-party approval. This means that vendors can self-certify their ELD but that does not necessarily mean they meet the requirements before certifications.

Canadian ELDs will look to the Technical Standard for Electronic Logging Devices for requirements that are to be followed.

This process includes different steps that Geotab has already begun.

What happens when Geotab is certified in Canada?

Geotab’s name along with the other vendors that are certified will be added to a list on Transport Canada’s website.

The list of each certified ELD will also include the following information:

  • Vendor name
  • Version of the technical standard it complies with
  • Software version
  • Product model name and number
  • And other details of the certification

Every four years, ELDs in Canada will have to be recertified.

Implementing key ELD features for Canadian fleets

In its newest build, Geotab Drive has already implemented a few key features for Canadian fleets. One of the Hours of Service updates is a new functionality for ELD transfers in Canada.

In order to comply with Canadian ELD regulations, functionality for drivers to transfer their compliance data at roadside inspections using an email service will become possible. To transfer data, drivers will enter an email address as well as any additional comments in the Drive App. The recipient will then receive an encrypted email with the driver’s compliance data in a CSV and PDF file of the compliance logs from the last retention period, which is usually 7-14 days depending on the ruleset.

A majority of the changes for Canada exist within the development of the back-end software. For the driver, the experience will be very similar to their day-to-day use of the system in the U.S. or what users have already been accustomed to in Canada.

Many changes will continue to get implemented to help enhance functionality for Canadian and cross border fleets. Read more about recent updates to Geotab Drive.

Geotab’s Canadian ELD certification

The Canadian ELD certification process includes many different steps which Geotab is at the forefront of and working hard behind the scenes to complete. One step includes the development of new features required by the mandate, which is included in the upcoming release of MyGeotab. The certification itself includes paying an upfront fee to the certification body, testing hundreds of use cases with a real world application and on-going yearly testing to maintain compliance.

Geotab is committed to making sure we have a solution that complies with every regulation so that our customers are never found in violation.

For more information on Geotab’s solution for electronic logging or to request a demo, visit geotab.com/eld.


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