OOIDA supports meal allowance plan for Canadian truckers

June 12, 2020

Land Line Staff


The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is showing its support for a proposal to adjust the meal allowance to Canadian truck drivers.

OOIDA was involved in a pair of letters earlier this week that push for the change.

The Association joined the Canadian Trucking Alliance and others in a joint letter to Canadian officials, and also sent a separate letter to Bill Morneau, Canada’s minister of finance.

In the joint letter that was sent to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Transport Marc Garneau, the Canadian Trucking Alliance asks for an adjustment to the meal allowance to help truckers cope with increasing food costs. The letter was jointly signed by OOIDA, the Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada and Teamsters Canada. The adjustment would apply to long- and short-haul drivers.

The letter also requests a three-month deferral of payroll taxes for trucking firms with an 18-month recovery period.

In the letter to Morneau, OOIDA President and CEO Todd Spencer echoed the support of the proposal.

“Adjusting the meal allowance is a reasonable and meaningful way for the government of Canada to recognize the efforts of Canadian truck drivers,” Spencer wrote. “We realize there are many requests from other industries as a result of COVID-19, but we eagerly await a positive outcome on this request.”

Land Line Now’s Terry Scruton contributed to this report.