April 19, 2021

The 2021 CRA automobile allowance rates


For business-related mileage incurred from January 1, 2021, the CRA automobile allowance rates are: 

  • $0.59 per kilometre for the first 5,000km driven for business; and
  • $0.53 per kilometre driven for business after that.
  • Please note that there is an additional $0.04 per kilometre driven in the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut.

Here is the link to the CRA’s announcement of the 2021 mileage rates with a bit more information.

The current CRA mileage rate for business

In 2021, the automobile allowance rate starts at 59 cents per kilometre driven for business. After 5,000 kilometres, the rate drops to 53 cents per km driven for business.

Usually, when people talk about the automobile allowance rate or the cents per kilometre rate, they mean the one used for business - that is when you drive your personal vehicle for business purposes and are reimbursed the costs. The CRA sets the standard automobile allowance rate each year, though your employer may offer a different rate. 

As an employee, your employer can choose the rate that they reimburse mileage costs at. It’s up to your employer to set their rate and rules for reimbursement, but the CRA’s automobile allowance rate is the standard. If you're paid a higher or lower per kilometre rate than the CRA’s standard rate, those payments may be considered taxable income.

Can I use CRA automobile allowance rates for reimbursement?

If you're an employee, since the standard rates are optional, your employer can choose to use that rate or an alternative. Check the rates and rules with your employer before calculating reimbursements. Here’s our guide to mileage reimbursement for employees.

Is there an alternative to using the automobile allowance rates?

As a self-employed entrepreneur or a business owner, you always have the option to calculate the costs of operating your vehicle for business using a logbook. Read more about to calculate your tax deductions if you are self-employed here.

How do I track & record mileage?

There are many options, but we believe that apps are your go-to. By using your phone's GPS, you can easily track and log all your trips. They also store your information and generally allow you to classify each trip as personal or business, as per the rules set down by the CRA. We've got you covered with a simple and easy-to-use app whether you use Android or iOS.

Other alternatives are keeping a physical logbook or using a spreadsheet. Whatever you choose, be sure to understand what information you need to record for your employer or the CRA. 


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This material has been prepared for general informational purposes only, and should not be taken as professional advice from Driversnote. You should consider seeking independent legal, taxation, or financial advice from a professional to check how this information relates to your own circumstances. Relevant laws also change from time to time.