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Canada to demand 100% electric cars, SUVs, pickup trucks by 2035

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau poses in an electric vehicle at a recent announcement. Photo: GM

On December 21st, Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced that the Government of Canada has published proposed regulations that set ZEV sales targets for manufacturers and importers of new passenger cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks. 

Minister Steven Guilbeault

These regulations culminate with the requirement for 100 per cent electric vehicles (EVs) by 2035. The regulations will require that at least 20 percent of new vehicles sold in Canada will be zero emission by 2026, at least 60 percent by 2030, and 100 percent by 2035.

Some details of the proposed regulations, which are scheduled to be published in Canada’s Gazette on December 31, were included in the news release which accompanied the announcement.

Canadians will be invited to submit their feedback on the proposed regulations during a 75-day consultation period which will take place after the Gazette is published. Final regulations are expected to be published in 2023.

Click here to view “Unofficial” text of proposed EV regulations