EMC’s Weekly Message
Canada’s 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan and transportation electrification: ambitious and visionary
EMC would like to highlight the vision and ambitiousness of the GHG emissions reduction plan unveiled on March 29 by the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change on transportation electrification.
“The climate crisis demands that we step up to the plate with targets and actions that are equal to the challenge. By presenting a plan that reflects the importance of transportation electrification in addressing climate change and air pollution, the Government of Canada is showing real vision and ambition. Furthermore, we are pleased to see many of the measures proposed in our 2030 EV Action Plan included in this plan,” stated Daniel Breton, President & CEO of Electric Mobility Canada.
Standing Committee on Finance releases report that outlines several recommendations concerning electromobility
In its report “Considering the path forward” published in March 2022, the Standing Committee on Finance outlined several recommendations regarding transportation electrification. “With respect to the electrification of transports, the Committee heard requests for the development of strategies and the setting of targets for zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) adoption, the renewal, expansion or reform of existing financial incentives for the purchase of ZEV and the introduction of new incentives. Proposals were also made to implement measures to support the development of ZEV supply chains, education and training initiatives regarding ZEV and the electrification of government and Crown corporation fleets.”
To review a summary of the recommendations centred around electromobility, visit the EMC website.
New Brunswick, Quebec and Saskatchewan 2022-2023 budgets
Last week, three provinces tabled their budgets. Although New Brunswick’s budget did not include any items specific to EVs, it did present $11 million of additional funding to their Climate Change Fund, moving the fund’s total from $36 million to $47 million.
Quebec’s budget contained some modifications to EV incentives. Starting on April 1, 2022, the province is lowering its incentive for new BEVs by $1,000 (from $8,000 to $7,000); it will also be lowering its incentives for used EVs by $500 (from $4,000 to $3,500). Rebates for new PHEVs have also dropped to a maximum of $5,000 (was previously up to $8,000).
As for Saskatchewan’s budget, most transportation-related public investments will go into new and upgraded highways and road maintenance. There were no EV-related promises, unfortunately.
2030 EV Action Plan gets a facelift
On March 24th, Electric Mobility Canda revealed its new branding for the 2030 EV Action Plan, including a downloadable social media toolkit that provides supporters with images and messaging corresponding to each of the Plan’s six pillars. EMC would like to thank those who have shared the #2030EVactionplan’s vision to their networks.
If your organization would like to publicly support the Plan by adding its logo to the list of growing supporting organizations, fill out this form.
Largest investment in Canada’s auto industry announced
We would like to congratulate the federal and Ontario governments, as well as the municipality of Windsor for committing to a $5 billion investment in an EV battery manufacturing facility spearheaded by LG Energy Solution and Stellantis N.V. This monumental addition to Canada’s auto industry will create 2,500 well-paying jobs.