• Apr 7th 2010 at 3:38PM
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Following the lead of the United States, Canada has reportedly chosen to employ a fuel economy regulation program for the first time ever, and it's virtually identical to ours. According to the Times Colonist, the differences between the two countries' programs are so minute that you could essentially say Canada has copied our new Corporate Average Fuel Economy guidelines that require automakers to achieve a fleet average fuel economy of around 35 mpg by 2016. Prior to this, Canada did issue emissions guidelines, but it apparently didn't actually require compliance from automakers.
The guidelines for Canada's new emissions standard require automakers operating in that country achieve a CAFE number of 35.5 mpg by 2016. Starting in 2011, vehicles will also have to meet stringent greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) ratings, and a failure to meet the standards will result in monetary penalties. The GHG requirements will become more stringent as time passes. Sound familiar?

Okay, so Canada's new requirements are practically identical to our new U.S. regulations, and that's great because automakers will only have one standard to meet across both countries. Well, almost. It's not yet known if Quebec and British Columbia will adopt the new Canadian standards or attempt to regulate vehicle emissions on their own. Regardless, the new Canadian emissions standards will for the most part allow automakers to make one vehicle that can be sold in both countries with no emissions related modifications needed. Now, if we could just get a few more countries on-board, those pesky European and Japanese cars we've been longing for could make their way Stateside some day. Except for the issue of differing crash standards. Oh, well...

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Its an obvious good idea to standardize auto regulations on both sides of the border.

      May I remind that California was the precursor for those norms? Then Québec and British-Columbia followed. I know that both U.S. and Canada governments at first opposed themselves to those norms but the hard-headed Québec provincial government persisted saying they would align their norms with the California state whatever Ottawa would do. In the end, it worked out to be a Canada-US wide norm... Haha!

      Good thing!
      • 5 Years Ago
      agreed mk15. makes it easier. as a mater of fact, I thought we already had. though we do have a few regulations that should make their way into the US. New vehicles required to have factory disablers installed.

      also, if diesel would catch on more in the US (it's doing pretty good here, could be better) then we could get some of those euro diesels over here. :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      The title says this is about emissions, but the article only talks about fuel economy. Did I miss something? These are not the same things at all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You aren't supposed to copy us when we're doing somethin stupid.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Rob and Jake are right on the money on this one. These new regulations will kill sales and jobs by reducing choices and raising prices. Just because our current federal government THINKS these moronic regulation increases are a good idea doesn't mean that they're practical or possible. The fact that Canada "folows our lead" into the ditch on this one shows that they aren't too bright north of here either.

        I would like to see a regulatory freeze at model year 2000. Then hold it there until at least 2020. That way manufacturers don't have to change so much so fast and it would keep costs and complexity down.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Canada cannot do anything by itself. Americas bum boy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Would be nice if the US, Canada and the EU could standardize on one level of emissions and safety standards to make it even easier for carmakers.

      It's not gonna happen, but would be nice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't see this as a huge deal - we already buy more small cars anyway, so we'll be even cleaner as a population as the US cracks down.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When the blind follow the blind, they both fall into the ditch.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now to just standardize everything else..side blinkers, bumpers, etc.

      Wondering what effect this will have on the diesels for sale in Canada and the lack thereof in the US.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I tried replying at work but I think the IT Police are at work.

        Anyway...I believe the bumper standards are already the same. It's why you can import an 04-06 GTO now without issues.

        I don't assume this will affect us too much anyway. Other than maybe we'll now be banned from pulling the cats off our cars (i.e. maybe they'll start checking.). Personally if a cat is on my car...I slap it and it never does it again.
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