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Canada Begins Consultation of Vehicle Emissions Standards

Proposed new regulations will impact 2022-2025 model years.

Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, has announced that the Government of Canada has published a discussion paper to begin consultations on the mid-term evaluation of Canada’s light-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emissions regulations.

These consultations, which are aimed at 2022-2025 model year vehicles, relate to a commitment that the Government of Canada made in 2014 when the regulations were published.

The consultations will focus on a wide range of issues and emerging trends in the transportation industry. Some examples include the following:

  • Analyzing cost savings for Canadians, which result from more fuel-efficient vehicles
  • Looking at the cost of compliance with existing light-duty vehicle regulations
  • Canada’s commitments under the Paris climate change agreement and Canada’s clean growth and climate action plan
  • The competitiveness of the Canadian auto industry within an integrated North American market for vehicle manufacturing and trade

During these consultations, the Canadian government has said it will continue to pay close attention to the U.S. regulatory process, which is also underway, to revise existing standards for vehicle fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions in that country.

As well, Canada will monitor the actions of California, other U.S. states, and the many other global jurisdictions that are also developing measures to address greenhouse gas emissions from light-duty vehicles.

Interested Canadians can submit their comments to Environment and Climate Change Canada until September 28, 2018.

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