Canada to Require New Vehicles to be Zero Emission by 2035

The government will likely add interim goals to help the country meet its target.

July 01, 2021

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OTTAWA—Canada yesterday announced a mandatory target for all new light-duty car and passenger truck sales to be zero emission by 2035, accelerating Canada’s original goal of 100% of new vehicle sales by 2040.

Officials said the government will work with partners to develop interim 2025 and 2030 targets and additional mandatory measures that may be needed. The announcement is coupled with existing measures to support increased zero-emission vehicle adoption. These range from incentives that help with the upfront costs of zero-emission vehicles, to investments in zero-emission charging infrastructure, to partnerships with auto manufacturers.

Taken together, the Canadian government said it is setting the country on a clear path toward Canada’s new 100% zero-emission vehicle sales goal and a prosperous net-zero emissions economy by 2050.

The Government of Canada said it also remains committed to aligning with the most ambitious light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emission regulations in the United States.

“Only bold climate policies lead to bold results,” said Omar Alghabra, minister of transport. “Through measures aimed at accelerating the transition to 100% zero-emission vehicles sales, we will continue building a cleaner and more resilient economy, while also creating good jobs and opportunities for all Canadians.”

“Transportation accounts for one-quarter of Canada’s emissions,” said Steven Guilbeault, minister of Canadian heritage. “By increasing our ambitions on zero-emission vehicles, and by taking the measures needed to achieve them, we’re joining an increasing number of other jurisdictions, including Quebec, which have set 100% zero-emission vehicle sales targets.”

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