Canada’s minister of environment and climate change is relying on a “carrot and stick” approach to spur zero-emission vehicle adoption across Canada, but warned that Ontario -- the country’s largest automotive market -- could fall further behind leading provinces if it does not reverse its stance on ZEV incentives.
Speaking at Electric Mobility Canada’s annual conference in Toronto Sept. 29, Steven Guilbeault said Ottawa’s blend of incentives and regulations will create market certainty in the growing ZEV arena as the federal government implements its sales mandate in the coming months.
“We need to be there when it comes to supporting deployment of charging stations. We need to be there to support people who want to transition from an [internal combustion engine] vehicle to an EV or a ZEV,” Guilbeault said.
“We also need to ensure that the regulations will accelerate as fast as we can and will help us achieve those goals as fast as we can.”