The Government of Canada announced Tuesday that it is accelerating the mandatory sales target of 100% zero-emission vehicles from 2040 to 2035. (Photo – Transport Canada)
The Transport Canada said “To build a cleaner, more prosperous economy that fights climate change and creates good jobs, the Government of Canada is taking action to cut pollution from all sectors of the economy – including from the transportation sector, which accounts for one-quarter of our greenhouse gas emissions.”
According to a statement released by Transport Canada, the Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Jonathan Wilkinson, and the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Steven Guilbeault, announced today that the Government of Canada is setting a mandatory target for all new light-duty cars and passenger trucks sales to be zero-emission by 2035, accelerating Canada’s previous goal of 100 percent sales by 2040.
Alghabra said “Only bold climate policies lead to bold results. Through measures aimed at accelerating the transition to 100 percent zero-emission vehicles sales, we will continue building a cleaner and more resilient economy, while also creating good jobs and opportunities for all Canadians. We will also continue to support the automotive sector, including through our investment of $8 billion to accelerate the industrial transition thanks to the Net Zero Accelerator.”
Meanwhile, the Transport Canada added in its statement “To ensure Canada gets to this goal, and to provide certainty about the pathway to get there, the Government of Canada will pursue a combination of investments and regulations to help Canadians and industry transition to achieve the 100 percent zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035.”
The Transport Canada also added that the government will work also with partners to develop interim 2025 and 2030 targets, and additional mandatory measures that may be needed beyond Canada’s light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emissions regulations.”