Federal EV incentive program to start on May 1, 2019

April 17, 2019 –  The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, was in Montreal (Quebec) to highlight how investments in Budget 2019 would make it easier for Canadians to choose a zero-emission vehicle.

The purchase incentive for zero-emission vehicles will apply to eligible new vehicles that are purchased or leased on or after May 1, 2019. This incentive program is a measure announced in Budget 2019 and is subject to Parliamentary approval. To be eligible for incentives, a vehicle must have a base-model manufacturer’s suggested retail price of less than $45,000 for passenger vehicles with six or fewer seats, and less than $55,000 for vehicles with seven or more seats. For eligible vehicles with six or fewer seats, higher priced versions (trims) are eligible as long as the final manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $55,000 or less.

Canadians who purchase or lease an eligible battery electric, hydrogen fuel cell, or longer range plug-in hybrid vehicle, will receive an incentive of $5,000. Canadians who purchase or lease a shorter-range plug-in hybrid vehicle will receive an incentive of $2,500.

For more information on the program and eligible vehicles, visit canada.ca/zero-emission-vehicles. You can also read Transport Canada’s Questions and Answers document, or view the list of eligible vehicles.

Transport Minister, Marc Garneau, with EMC Chair, Catherine Kargas