CTA campaign targets ‘underground economy scam’

The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) continues to fight against fleets that misidentify employed drivers as independent contractors – and has now rolled out a political action campaign to take the case to Ottawa.

The latest tools in the fight against Driver Inc. include the template for a group company letter, a driver petition, and an email message for MPs explaining how the business practice affects compliant trucking companies and the Canadian economy.

Carriers are asked to sign the letter in the call to have federal agencies like the Canada Revenue Agency and Labour Canada “eradicate the underground economy”.

The CTA is also encouraging its members to have drivers sign the petition.

Separate email templates have been designed for governing Liberals and opposition members.

“The legal issues are clear and now the outstanding issue is the scale of the enforcement response from the Government of Canada,” said CTA president Stephen Laskowski.

The CTA estimates that the pay scheme costs Canadian coffers $1 billion.