Luxury Goods Tax and EVs

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What is the proposed Luxury Goods Tax?

The Government of Canada announced its intention to introduce a new Tax on Select Luxury Goods (the Luxury Tax), as part of Budget 2021, effective as of January 1, 2022.

Imposing a luxury tax on battery electric vehicles is counterproductive to the federal government reaching its Zero Emission Vehicle targets of 100% new sales by 2035.

The transportation sector accounts for roughly ¼ of Canada’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The government must ensure that all of its policies and programs are aligned with its targets of 40~45% GHG reductions by 2030, 100% EV sales by 2035, and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Emerging zero-emission light-duty trucks, which many middle-class Canadians require for their line of work, are priced above the $100,000 threshold proposed in the luxury tax. Those looking to purchase an electric vehicle in Canada already face a number of barriers; The imposition of the luxury tax will provide a further disincentive to potential buyers who would be subjected to the additional tax as proposed.

Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) should be exempt from this tax (up to $250,000) which includes boats, vehicles (including cars and trucks) or personal aircraft. By exempting zero-emission vehicles from this tax, we believe this will further encourage adoption of zero-emission vehicles, including in the luxury segment. By also exempting aircraft and boats, it will encourage commercialization of these electric zero-emission vehicles to be designed and sold in Canada.

We must act quickly and decisively to incentivise the purchase of EVs!

How can I help?

It’s easy! Fill out our pre-written email form to contact the Department of Finance and let them know that now is not the time to add a tax to electric vehicles.

NOTE: This campaign is now complete.