Canadian Government Moves to Get More Canadians Into EVs

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau highlighted several key measures in the recently released budget to help Canadians move to taking on zero-emission vehicles.

Several measures in the Budget 2022: A Plan to Grow Our Economy and Make Life More Affordable include:

  • Building a national network of electric vehicle charging stations by supporting charging infrastructure in communities of all sizes through $500 million in investments by the Canada Infrastructure Bank as well as $400 million for the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program, toward our goal of adding 50,000 charging stations across the country.
  • Helping more Canadians get behind the wheel of ZEVs by continuing to provide purchase incentives of up to $5,000 through investing $1.7 billion to extend the Incentives for Zero-Emission Vehicles Program until March 2025 and broadening eligibility under the program to include more vehicle models.
  • Making it easier to buy a ZEV through a new, mandatory sales target so that when people go to purchase a ZEV, there are options for sale on the lot. At least 20 per cent of all new passenger vehicles sold in Canada will be ZEVs by 2026, and at least 60 per cent by 2030, on the road to 100 per cent by 2035.
  • Helping businesses switch to medium- and heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles by investing $547.5 million to launch a new purchase incentive program.
  • Positioning Canada as a global leader on critical minerals, which are essential to build ZEVs by providing up to $3.8 billion for Canada’s first Critical Minerals Strategy.

“One of the best ways to cut pollution is getting more clean cars on the road,” said Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. “That’s why we’re making it easier and more affordable for Canadian families to make their next vehicle purchase an electric one. Our plan is also creating jobs and growing the economy by building these clean vehicles right here in Canada. This is just one example of how our plan will benefit the environment, the economy, and families.”

Budget 2022 and the recently released 2030 Emissions Reductions Plan: Canada’s Next Steps to Clean Air and a Strong Economy will ensure clean air and a strong economy. By putting Canadians in the driver’s seat of zero-emission cars and trucks, we are helping people save on gas, while fighting climate change, growing our economy, and building a better future for everyone.

“One of the best ways to cut pollution is getting more clean cars on the road. That’s why we’re making it easier and more affordable for Canadian families to make their next vehicle purchase an electric one. Our plan is also creating jobs and growing the economy by building these clean vehicles right here in Canada. This is just one example of how our plan will benefit the environment, the economy, and families.”

The Government of Canada recently released the 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan: Canada’s Next Steps to Clean Air and a Strong Economya sector-by-sector approach for Canada to reach its new climate target of cutting emissions by at least 40 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, and to put us on track toward our goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. As of March 31, 2022, the Incentives for Zero-Emission Vehicles Program has helped Canadians purchase or lease over 141,000 new ZEVs.

“On-road transportation represents 20 per cent of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing that number is going to be critical to our fight against climate change, and by making it more affordable for Canadians to get behind the wheel of a zero-emission vehicle and helping to build the charging infrastructure they can rely on, Budget 2022 will do exactly that,” said Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.

As of April 11, 2022, the Government of Canada has announced several investments to help the auto sector retool to produce EVs in Canada through the Strategic Innovation Fund.