Transportation accounts for a quarter of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), of which almost half comes from passenger cars and trucks. The Government of Canada is steadfast in its conviction that the electrification of Canada’s vehicles as well as a shift to cleaner fuels are key to the decarbonization of our transportation sector.
This is why the Government of Canada has set ambitious federal targets of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) reaching 10% of light-duty vehicles sales by 2025, 30% by 2030 and 100% by 2040 and invested over $600 million to help make ZEVs more affordable and infrastructure more accessible. The 2020 Fall Economic Statement announced an additional $150 million over three years to support more charging and hydrogen refuelling stations across Canada, and an additional $287 million for vehicle purchase incentives, building upon previous investments.
Funded through Budget 2019 and the 2020 Fall Economic Statement, the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP) is a 5-year $280 million program ending in 2024 and its objective is to address the lack of charging and refuelling stations in Canada; one of the key barriers to ZEV adoption, by increasing the availability of localized charging and hydrogen refuelling opportunities where Canadians live, work, and play.
Commercial and public fleets are composed of on-road or off-road vehicles and are managed by common ownership. These fleets are used in support of organizational or business operations and activities.
On-road and off-road commercial and public fleets include but are not limited to: light, medium or heavy-duty vehicles, taxies, last-mile delivery vehicles, municipal utility vehicles, forklifts, airport ground support vehicles, vehicles used in the mining, forestry or farming industries, or ice resurfacers.