Our low carbon transportation future

Canadians expect safe and efficient transportation options. Businesses and their customers expect resources and products to be delivered to store shelves and global markets on time.

The Pan-Canadian Framework will support low-carbon transportation systems by setting and updating vehicle emissions standards and improving the efficiency of vehicles and transportation systems; expanding the number of zero-emission vehicles on Canadian roads; shifting from higher to lower-emitting types of transportation, including through investing in infrastructure; and using cleaner fuels.

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To make it easier for Canadians to make the switch to clean electric car the Government of Canada is taking action.

We are investing in electric vehicle and alternative fuel infrastructure across Canada…

We are expanding networks of charging stations in our cities and along our highways …

And we are creating good jobs in the clean transportation sector.

The result: low-carbon vehicles are a real option for Canadians …

Together, let’s get on the road to a low-carbon future.

What success will look like

Andrew and Renée

Andrew and Renée live in Calgary and have two young girls, ages 7 and 10. Every morning, Andrew and Renée each spend more than 60 minutes in traffic while driving to work. Combined, that is two hours they could otherwise be spending with their two girls, coaching soccer, or chatting over breakfast and dinner. Strategic investments in better public transit will change this. Andrew and Renée will spend more time with their family and less time waiting in congested traffic.

Key facts and figures

  • Canada is continuing to invest in more charging stations. Budget 2016 provides $62.5 million for infrastructure for alternative transportation fuels, including charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and natural gas and hydrogen refueling stations.
  • Budget 2016 will invest up to $3.4 billion to improve and expand public transit systems across Canada over three years starting in 2016–17; and, as announced in the Fall Economic Statement, an additional $25.3 billion will be invested over the next 11 years in new transit networks and system extensions.
  • Canadians are already benefiting from improvements in the fuel efficiency of new passenger vehicles. By 2025, it is expected that new cars and light trucks will consume up to 50% less fuel than 2008 vehicles.
  • Canada has the world's strongest air emissions standards for new cars and light trucks, in alignment with the United States.
  • Canada’s Clean Fuel Standard will aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 Mt per year by 2030.
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