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CRA Mileage Rate in Canada (2022, 2023): How Much You Can Claim Per Km

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If you have a personal vehicle you use for work, you may be entitled to certain mileage rate benefits from your employer. You will incur these costs from professional roles requiring constant movement and personal vehicle use.

Under tax law provisions in Toronto or Canada, you can claim your reimbursement benefits, which will be exempted. When making your claims, your average distance covered will be calculated to present the final claim per kilometer.

Since every country has its calculation metrics, you want to work closely with an experienced professional who understands the inner workings of distance rates. They help you make accurate calculations and present valid claims to your employer.

If you are the employer in question, understanding the mileage rate is also beneficial to help reimburse your employees fairly. In return, you have better control over your business expenditures, which promotes stability and better functioning. Further, you can include the reimbursements you make to your employed staff as tax deductions, helping you pay a lower annual tax.

Categories of Parties Eligible for CRA Mileage Rate 2023 Claims

The Canadian law and tax provisions allow for deductions for employees using transport for business purposes. Among the modes of transport considered include trains, self-driving, airplanes, and cabs, all of which must be used within the scope of employment.

As a taxpayer, you will present your claim to receive benefits from your employer, who will then refer to the standard 2023 CRA guidelines. The CRA is the current body certified to handle mileage rates in Canada and determine the standard annual tolls. As a result, finding information about your specific rate benefits requires working with an experienced professional who understands the importance of identifying correct rate.

Notably, the compensation schemes to claim for business mileage are limited to your personal vehicle use. However, under day-to-day circumstances, more practical options like cabs, bicycles, or vans may also apply, as long as your employer is aware of their use.

On the other hand, mileage reimbursement does not cover expenses related to your daily commute to work. This falls within a different category of vehicle use because it does not cover a business purpose per se, and a different ratio applies.

How to Determine Business Mileage Rate

Establishing the scope of business involves working through multiple grey areas, as day-to-day business operations vary. However, two main rules confine employees to only claiming for specific business-related journeys.

Firstly, the business trip you undertake must be necessary for daily operations. The necessity element is subjective, requiring your employer to sign off on the relevant and calculable mileage rate.

Sometimes, your mileage may be marked as unnecessary, especially if it involves operations easily completed at the office. This has become even more apparent with the popularization of online meeting platforms that reduce the need to meet in person.

Secondly, your business distance range must strictly relate to the intended business purpose and nothing else. Usually, unforeseen circumstances may arise and lead you to make detours during a business journey.

If you make the detours during business hours, you will not include the extra distance picked up. Instead, you want to calculate the kilometers covered during the scope of business to allow for precise mileage calculations on your returns. Additional transit distance range for self-related interests falls solely on the employee.

Examples of activities falling within the scope of business include:

  1. Transporting company supplies
  2. Attending a business meeting
  3. Running company errands
  4. Attending a meeting with your manager in a different company branch

If your employer approves mileage calculations for any other business operations, they can also include them in the total considerations. However, every kilometer covered is subject to review, and you may need to recount your usage frequency before receiving reimbursements.

Mileage Rate 2022 for Self-Employed Parties

Working with independent contractors is increasingly becoming a viable option for many business owners, making it necessary to consider their distance range reimbursement as well. An independent contractor works under a specific contract for services, and the agreement concludes upon delivery of the said goods or services.

Since they are not regular employees undertaking daily operations, determining how much to claim can be a bit complicated. Thus, an employer should establish an acceptable business journey rate related to the contractor’s scope of business.

Some acceptable journeys include:

Purchasing and Collecting Business Supplies

If your contractor is also your business supplier, they will accumulate mileage over time as they purchase and pick up supply deliveries. As a result, the covered kilometers will count for reimbursement by applying the standard 2022 CRA rates.

Traveling to Different Work Sites

Additionally, if your contractor needs to travel between two or more business sites to complete their roles as required, you, as an employer, must reimburse them. They can present a table of all their business supply mileage ratio and request a review for later reimbursement.

Meeting with Clients

Further, business owners can skip all client meetings if the contractor is present. Upon attending such meetings on the employer’s behalf, the contractor will be entitled to an allowance, calculated using the standard 2022 CRA mileage rate.

How to Calculate Mileage Rates in Canada

As mentioned, the CRA is responsible for providing business distance ranges in the country. It releases standard tariffs every year, which may vary depending on the prevailing economic circumstances.

The 2023 business mileage charges released by the CRA body enables employees to claim reimbursement at 68 cents for the first 5000 kilometers driven in business-related journeys. Upon surpassing the 5000-kilometer mileage threshold, employees can claim at a range of 62 cents for every kilometer afterward.

To reduce transaction costs, the 5000-kilometer distance ratio threshold applies to ensure that your employer releases reimbursement benefits as a lump sum as part of your income. Similarly, since the employer also stands to claim tax exemptions from the CRA distance range reimbursement, planning out their transactions based on the 5000-kilometer threshold is more beneficial.

CRA Automobile Rates for the last 5 years

Important:  In the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut, there is an additional 0.04 CAD per kilometer allowed for travel.

Mileage rates for 2023

  • 0.68 CAD per kilometer for the first 5,000 kilometers driven;
  • 0.62 CAD per kilometer driven after that.

Mileage rates for 2022

  • 0.61 CAD per kilometer for the first 5,000 kilometers driven;
  • 0.55 CAD per kilometer driven after that.

Mileage rates for 2021

  • 0.59 CAD per kilometer for the first 5,000 kilometers driven;
  • 0.53 CAD per kilometer driven after that.

Mileage rates for 2020

  • 0.59 CAD per kilometer for the first 5,000 kilometers driven;
  • 0.53 CAD per kilometer driven after that.

Mileage rates for 2019

  • 0.58 CAD per kilometer for the first 5,000 kilometers driven;
  • 0.52 CAD per kilometer driven after that.


Determining business distance ranges in 2022 in Toronto or Canada requires you to work with a professional who understands the essentials in depth. By obtaining the necessary information, you are better equipped to claim reimbursements on time. If you are a business owner, you can also claim your tax-deductible benefits with the help of your accountant for continued smooth business operations.


Does an Employer Have to Reimburse their Employees for CRA Mileage?

No official law compels employers to repay employees for mileage covered in the course of business, but it is a lasting tradition to do so.

What Were the CRA Mileage Rates in Canada in 2022?

The amounts in 2022 were 61 cents for the first 5000 km, and then 55 cents for any kilometers after that.

Are Mileage Reimbursements Submitted Through Payroll?

No, you do not have to submit or receive reimbursement for mileage charges through payroll unless they exceed the standard limit.

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