Canada Kills Clean-Car Rebate Scheme

Samir Syed
by Samir Syed
canada kills clean car rebate scheme

The Government giveth, and the Government Taketh. In the same budget that contained a $250m initiative for Automotive Innovation to help the Canadian auto industry make the transition to greater mandated fuel efficiency, Canada's Conservative government quietly canceled the Clean-Car Rebate scheme. Introduced in the 2007 budget, the rebate provided up to $2000 cash back to consumers who purchased new cars with high MPG ratings. The Canadian Press reports that the rebate still applies to vehicles up to the 2008 model year, but expires in March of 2009. Union appeasement may have been behind the kibosh, as virtually all of high mpg whips covered by the scheme were imports. In any case, environmental groups lambasted the Clean-Car Rebate's extinction. "They've missed a great opportunity to be a global environmental leader," declared Andrew Van Iterson of the Green Budget Coalition. "Canadians want to be a leader – and the government's not catching up." Lead, follow or green out of the way?

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  • Blunozer Blunozer on Feb 28, 2008

    With the price of gas skyrocketing, I guess buying a fuel efficient vehicle is its own reward. Gas is rapidly approaching five bucks a gallon here. (currently $1.20/litre) Glad my wife and I took advantage of this when we did.

  • Dean Dean on Feb 28, 2008

    Good. It's bad policy with an arbitrary cutoff.

  • George Labrador George Labrador on Feb 28, 2008

    Well Gas or Petrol has now come down a few cents per litre here in Ontario and according to a few experts it will come down more soon as the Canadian dollar is currently well above parity with the US dollar closing today at $1.02!! This program was only going to run for two years in the first place so nothing has changed and yes Gas users vehicles will still pay extra for that convience!

  • Serpico Serpico on Feb 29, 2008

    Here in BC, the carbon tax is a bigger issue.