Canada's Clean Fuel Standard

Act now! Use our automatic tool to send a letter to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change in support of changes to the CFS! 

Read our press release.

Clean Fuel Standard

This is one of the most important Canadian initiatives to help reduce carbon emissions. It will see credits generated for low carbon fuel sources while penalizing those who emit high amounts of carbon.

For electric vehicles, every kilometer driven would count towards credits that could be re-invested to install new charging stations, education and outreach programs, or discounts on the purchase price of vehicles from manufacturers.

 

Temporary Success

Last year, EV Society and others were successful in efforts to ensure that all electricity delivered to EVs would be credited for reinvestment. However, recent changes proposed by the government threaten to drastically diminish the effectiveness of CFS to support electric vehicle adaption in Canada.

What’s changed

 

Removal of credits for 100% of charging

The new government proposal would credit only charging from networked chargers which excludes roughly 80% of charging sessions since most drivers charge at home with a non-networked station. 

Removal of a provision to reinvest credit in public education

Education and awareness has been removed as a way to re-invest credits. Education and awareness campaigns improve customer confidence and increase adoption rates so this proposed change would harm EV adoption rates.

Credits are phased out prematurely in 2027

The proposed changes also phase out residential EV credits starting in 2027, which is well before the government’s own Zero Emission Vehicle targets of 30% by 2030 and 100% by 2040.

Rural Canada and some Provinces will be short-changed

An inadvertent effect of the recent changes could lead to inequitable distribution of reinvestment in EVs that more heavily favours urban centers over rural areas and provinces.

It’s not too late

If we respond with a large enough voice this week, there is still time to make our voice heard and guide changes that are equitable and fair to all present and future Canadian EV owners. 

 

What are we asking?

Our request of the Government is simple: revert to the EV-supportive policies previously contained in the Proposed Regulatory Approach (PRA) that was drafted last year in June and achieved consensus on these important points among both industry stakeholders and EV owners.

 

What you can do

Immediate action is needed. We’ve made it easy for you to send a letter to the Honourable Minister Wilkinson of Environment and Climate Change Canada, asking for these changes that will ensure electric vehicle are properly represented in the Clean Fuel Standard. 

Supporting Organisations

We’re happy to have the following organizations supporting these changes from coast to coast. If your organization would like to support these changes, please contact us and let us know.

Comox Valley EV Assocation

Victoria EV Assocation

EV Assocation of Alberta

Vancouver EV Association

SaskEV

Sunshine Coast EV Association

Saskatchewan EV Assocation

Manitoba EV Association

EV Society – Greater Sudbury

EV Society – Windsor Essex

EV Society – Barrie/Orillia

EV Society – Golden Horseshoe

EV Society – Toronto

EV Society – Northumberland

EV Society – Hamilton/Niagara

Waterloo Region EV Assocation

EV Society – London

EV Society – Mississauga

EV Society – Caledon

EV Society – Scarborough

EV Society – Kawartha

Electric Vehicle Council of Ottawa

Association des Véhicules Électriques du Québec

New Brunswick EV Owners

EV Association of Atlantic Canada

Drive Electric Newfoundland

PEI EV Association

Toronto Hybrid and Electric Car Club

Plug-in Richmond

Ecology Action Centre

Clean Foundation

Plug’n Drive

Saskatchewan Environmental Society

Sun Country Highway

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