CTA continues Driver Inc. attack

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TORONTO, Ont. – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) continues its attack on the “Driver Inc.” payment model, making its case before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance.

Driver Inc. refers to an approach that pays drivers as independent contractors, avoiding the source deductions required with employees. The CTA has already been asking the Canada Revenue Agency to clarify its position on the approach.

It isn’t the only tax-related issue being highlighted. Building on a pre-budget submission delivered last month, general tax fairness was also on the agenda.

“U.S. companies are benefiting from growing tax advantages over Canadian counterparts. This has been further widened by the recent corporate tax reductions introduced by President Trump,” said alliance president Stephen Laskowski, calling for re-examined tax rates and accelerated capital cost allowance rates.

The presentation also highlighted the threat of an intensifying driver shortage, with Canada’s for-hire trucking industry expected to be short at least 34,000 drivers by 2024.

“While the driver shortage is clearly affecting Canadian fleet owners, who today look out their windows and see unseated trucks parked along the fence, it will undoubtedly become an issue very soon for the greater Canadian economy as shippers struggle to secure trucking capacity, increasing the cost of transportation services, and inevitably, the price of goods for consumers,” said Jonathan Blackham, director of policy and public affairs.

The alliance is asking for immigration, skills recognition, and government support for training to help.



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John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking, trucknews.com, TruckTech, Transport Routier, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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  • The C.T.A. needs to look at driver treatment and wages and benefits. The also need to have more parking in place The C. T. A membership had no problem using driver service that were underpaiding their drivers to the point that it cost the Ontario government a lot of money. We need to bring a minimum wage for local drivers after having 3000 hours experience of 1.6 time the minimum wage in that province and O.T.R. drivers of 1.9 times the minimum wage in that province. Owner op pay of 4 times the minimum wage in that province plus fuel and insurance
    Incorporated drivers need to lease or own their own truck when these wage rate are set.

  • Driver shortage,.? More like lack of participation,.
    70 hour work weeks in the gta, all posted wages calculated on 6 day work week. Companies never paying overtime for any set hours.
    Drivers paid flat rates for trips, so the driver carries the burden of delays and bad weather etc,
    Active targeted over enforcement by local and provincial police forces and DOT. Drivers paid by percentage, which actively promotes time vs safety issues speeding to make up time. Shippers setting ton mile rates that are not realistic in today’s congested roads.
    All this posturing, and feigned mysteries as to why there are no drivers anymore? Hah!
    How many skilled careers are there that pay a skilled worker less money after 20 years?
    A librarian makes 70-100,000 a yr. never hear of one getting fined more than a days wages if their paperwork is wrong or incomplete.
    Organizations like CTA, and their provincial counterparts are simply political puppets.

  • Seven former drivers slept om the floor last night at central intake at 129 st peters rd in Toronto last night yet the C.T.A. does see that there is a problem in the way truck drivers are treated causing truck drivers to other jobs.