The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, has announced additional details of key measures that aim to help Canadians make the switch to a zero-emission vehicle that cuts pollution and lowers everyday expenses.
Starting April 25, 2022, the program will be expanded to include the purchase of additional vehicle models popular with Canadians, such as minivans, light-duty pickup trucks, and SUVs.
A car must have a base model manufacturer’s suggested retail price that is less than $55,000. Higher priced versions of these vehicles, up to a maximum Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $65,000, are also eligible.
Larger zero-emission vehicles (e.g., sports utility vehicles, minivans and pick-up trucks) must have a base model Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price under $60,000. Higher priced versions of these vehicles, up to a maximum of $70,000, are also eligible.
To accelerate the manufacturing and adoption of cleaner cars, the Government of Canada will also put in place a sales mandate so at least 20 per cent of new passenger vehicles sold in Canada will be zero-emission vehicles by 2026, and at least 60 per cent by 2030, on the road to 100 per cent by 2035.
Medium- and heavy-duty strategy
In addition to this extension of the incentives, the Government of Canada plans to launch a strategy to reduce pollution from medium- and heavy-duty vehicles, with the aim of having these vehicles make up 35% of total sales of zero-emission vehicles by 2030. This will include developing medium- and heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles regulations to require 100% medium- and heavy-duty sales to be zero-emission vehicles by 2040 for certain types of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
Further details on the medium- and heavy-duty vehicles strategy will be announced over the summer.