FIVE years sooner than expected! 🚗
It's time to go green! The federal government has announced a new plan to cut pollution, which includes banning the sale of all gasoline-powered cars in Canada by 2035.
Sharing the news on Tuesday, June 29, Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra confirmed that the government is "accelerating its mandatory sales target of 100% zero-emission vehicles."
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This means that from 2035 all new cars and light-duty trucks sold in Canada will be zero-emission vehicles. It will no longer be possible to buy brand new cars that run only on gasoline, either.
Government officials hope this will encourage Canadians to consider greener transportation alternatives — such as electric cars — instead.
The new target is an acceleration of the federal government's previous goal of 2040.
The announcement comes alongside existing measures to help Canadians with the transition to more environmentally-friendly cars, like help with the upfront costs of zero-emission vehicles and investments in charging infrastructure.
"Only bold climate policies lead to bold results," Alghabra said on Tuesday. "Through measures aimed at accelerating the transition to 100 percent zero-emission vehicles sales, we will continue building a cleaner and more resilient economy, while also creating good jobs and opportunities for all Canadians."
Earlier this year, officials also announced the Canada Greener Homes initiative, which offers up to $5,000 to Canadians who are making energy-saving improvements to their homes.