Helping more Canadians drive electric vehicles

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VICTORIA, British Columbia – Prime minister, Justin Trudeau, Monday highlighted key measures included in Budget 2022: A Plan to Grow Our Economy and Make Life More Affordable to help Canadians make the switch to zero-emission vehicles.

The measures proposed in Budget 2022 include:

  • Building a national network of electric vehicle charging stations by supporting charging infrastructure in communities of all sizes through $500 million in investments by the Canada Infrastructure Bank as well as $400 million for the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program, toward our goal of adding 50,000 charging stations across the country.
  • Helping more Canadians get behind the wheel of ZEVs by continuing to provide purchase incentives of up to $5,000 through investing $1.7 billion to extend the Incentives for Zero-Emission Vehicles Program until March 2025 and broadening eligibility under the program to include more vehicle models.
  • Making it easier to buy a ZEV through a new, mandatory sales target so that when people go to purchase a ZEV, there are options for sale on the lot. At least 20 per cent of all new passenger vehicles sold in Canada will be ZEVs by 2026, and at least 60 per cent by 2030, on the road to 100 per cent by 2035.
  • Helping businesses switch to medium- and heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles by investing $547.5 million to launch a new purchase incentive program.
  • Positioning Canada as a global leader on critical minerals, which are essential to build ZEVs by providing up to $3.8 billion for Canada’s first Critical Minerals Strategy.

Budget 2022 and the recently released 2030 Emissions Reductions Plan, reads: “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.”

The prime minister’s office – communication, says: “Canadians have been clear about what they want: clean air, good jobs, a healthy environment, and a strong economy. That’s why the government of Canada is making it easier and more affordable for Canadians across the country to drive zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), while helping the auto sector to build them right here in Canada.”

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