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Canadian Government Moves to Get More Canadians Into EVs


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:

“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 Economy [1]a 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 [2].