Teamsters Canada has joined a coalition of trucking industry groups to ask Ottawa to provide fiscal support to drivers and trucking companies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The group is made up of Teamsters Canada, Owner-Operators Independent Drivers Association, Private Motor Transport Council, Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada, and the Canadian Trucking Alliance.

The coalition is specifically requesting Ottawa introduce two fiscal measures:

  • Address cash flow challenges for trucking companies by introducing a three-month deferral of payroll taxes with an 18-month recovery period.
  • Provide needed relief for truck drivers grappling with skyrocketing food costs while on the road. The coalition is recommending the Government of Canada adjust the meal allowance for both long-haul and short haul drivers.

“The pandemic has shown the public how important truckers are to our way of life. Increasing the meal allowance is a small way to put some well-deserved money in drivers’ pockets as they face rising food costs on the road. Allowing their employers to defer payroll taxes to a later date will also help support jobs. These are small asks from Ottawa that stand to do a lot of good,” said the national president of Teamsters Canada, François Laporte.