Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister, has announced his country will adopt the United States Tier 3 emissions standards for passenger vehicles. Kent (shown above) says doing so will reduce air pollution from new vehicles by around 80 percent compared to the old Tier 2 standards currently in place. The Tier 3 standards will include tighter limits on the amount of emissions from new cars and light trucks as well as reduce the amount of sulfur in gasoline from 30 parts per million to 10 parts per million.

The Global Automakers of Canada, an industry association comprised of 15 different manufacturers, has come out in support of the move, saying the new standards are a step toward reducing emissions to the benefit of all Canadians. The group also said the move will help spur automakers to embrace new technologies. And since most new cars and trucks sold in Canada are also available in the US, the necessary recalibrations should be quite easy to perform.

The Canadian Fuels Association and Toyota have also voiced their support for the policy change. For more, check out the official press release from Environment Canada below.
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Harper Government Moves to Strengthen Regulations on Air Pollution to Provide Cleaner Air to Canadians

TORONTO, June 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's Environment Minister, the Honourable Peter Kent, today announced that, in order to provide cleaner air to Canadians, the Government of Canada intends to align its transportation-related air pollution emission standards with the more stringent United States proposed Tier 3 standards.

"This new initiative is proof of our government's commitment to cleaner air, today and for generations to come," said Minister Kent. "Once fully phased-in, these standards are expected to reduce smog-forming air pollutants from new vehicles by approximately 80% compared to the current Tier 2 standards."

Canada intends to amend its related regulations to align with the United States Tier 3 standards, which include stricter limits on air pollutant emissions from new cars and light trucks and reductions to the amount of sulphur in gasoline. The details of the planned regulations will be developed in consultation with stakeholders.

"Toyota responds to the world's need for affordable fuel efficient and low emission vehicles through constant innovation in conventional and advanced technologies," said Seiji Ichii, President and CEO, Toyota Canada Inc. "We are proud to say that the launch of hybrid vehicle production at our plant in Cambridge, Ontario, next year will make Toyota the first manufacturer to build highly efficient gasoline, hybrid and electric vehicles in Canada."

"The Global Automakers of Canada fully support the Government of Canada's commitment to proceed with Tier 3 emission standards that are aligned with the United States Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Tier 3 program," said David Adams, President of the Global Automakers of Canada "Through the reduction of sulphur in gasoline from 30 parts per million (ppm) to 10 ppm with a low sulphur cap, the government is reinforcing that a system approach to vehicles and fuels is necessary to maximize emissions reductions for the benefit of Canadians, and will enable automakers to introduce new advanced technologies required to achieve the stringent greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards in place now and proposed through to 2025."

"The Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association continues to support the government's ongoing efforts to harmonize both vehicle-related air pollution and greenhouse gas emission standards with those in the United States, consistent with the objectives of the Canada-Unites States Regulatory Cooperation Council's action plan," stated Mark Nantais, President. "Today's announcement to implement new more stringent Tier 3 emissions standards builds on our achievements, which is important for Canada's integrated automotive industry, and it will ensure that a greater choice of vehicles are available at more affordable prices for consumers. The combination of harmonized Tier 3 emission requirements for vehicles and lower sulphur content in gasoline will ensure Canadians, like their United States counterparts, receive the same air quality benefits and greater assurance of properly operating advanced emission control technologies on 2017 and later model year vehicles."

"We are pleased to see a continuing commitment by the federal government to align Canada's fuel sulphur content regulations with United States requirements," commented Peter Boag, President of the Canadian Fuels Association.

Under the Regulatory Cooperation Council announced by Prime Minister Harper and President Obama, Canada and the United States have agreed to tightly align our regulatory work on light duty vehicle emissions. A notice announcing the Government's intention will be published in the June 8 issue of the Canada Gazette, Part I.

"It is especially fitting to announce this new clean air measure that will benefit all Canadians during Environment week," concluded Minister Kent.

This is the latest federal action to provide clean air in Canada. In May, the Government announced the new Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter and ground-level ozone.

For more information and to view a backgrounder on this announcement, please visit the Web site of Environment Canada at http://www.ec.gc.ca/.


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      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Only reason automakers are for it cause standardization reduces costs by eliminating the need for 2 different products. Don't be fooled that they are doing this for the environment. That being said...who cares. We all win
        jf.bouchard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        And then, somehow, car prices will continue to rise in Canada. That's just how it works here.
          Slizzo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jf.bouchard
          Car prices will continue to rise everywhere anyway. That's how free market capitalism and inflation work.
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Beautiful! Now Canada and US need to get their safety standards in sync such that cars can be freely imported/exported from Canada. Other than the km/h speedometer in Canada (and it has a subset mph scale anyway) there is no significant difference that shouldn't be synchronized with US standards. An additional benefit to Canada would be the elimination of a large safety bureaucracy or a lot of it in Canada...there should be a coordinated set of safety standards for Canada and the US...Canada is a great and close trading ally. For all practical purposes the same could be said of Mexico but I don't hold out any hope of coordinated standards with Mexico any time soon.
        Rotation
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Canada held on to the 5mph bumper standards when the US dropped to 2.5mph. If they haven't dropped that, they still won't be completely harmonized.
        DeathKnoT
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Its not hard to import a Canadian vehicle into the us from the last 20 years. Go check out us customs website.
      Gummybear77
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why do the manufacturers have to wait for the Canadian government to announce this? If they support it, can't they just unilaterally go ahead and implement the stricter standards themselves?
        raktmn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Gummybear77
        Because pure free market forces don't work to improve emissions.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @raktmn
          [blocked]
      Dave
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why hasn't the US invaded Canada yet? They have a bunch of oil and they are ruled by the same royal family that we kicked to the curb almost 250 years ago. Its time to end colonial rule in North America.
        Actionable Mango
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave
        Our previous invasions of Canada did not go so well.
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave
        We're scared of the Queen.
        RampantFury
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave
        Wed rather not be under the control of your corrupt and incompetent government, thanks very much.
          Zoom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RampantFury
          We can laugh at your crack-smoking mayor while you destroy the middle part of your country's ecosystem.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RampantFury
          [blocked]
        stevenh
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave
        Invade Canada? Most Americans could not name our provinces let alone point on a map where Canada is.
          Brewman15
          • 1 Year Ago
          @stevenh
          Hey! Give Americans some credit. It's pretty easy to miss Canada on the map all tucked away down there. :)
          Kumar
          • 1 Year Ago
          @stevenh
          Sad but true. Most would probably stop at Fargo and then we'd have to name it the United States of the United States after we conquered ourselves.
        The Ed
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave
        Heh. Dave, you remind me of myself. In middle school.
          Dave
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Ed
          You were probably a lot more fun to hang out with back then. What happened to you man? You used to be cool.
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave
        We don't care about hockey, it is called a 'hat', and we don't care for poutine.
        Scr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave
        Well, we almost got Quebec a little while back. Not as a land mass, but they were pretty much going to align with the US regs on things...and more importantly, switch to the US Dooler (dollar) for currency.
        raktmn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dave
        Fiddy-four Forty or Fight!
      Paul Cuenin
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think this totally makes sense. I don't know why the US/EU can't get on the same page.
        Smoking_dude
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Paul Cuenin
        because Diesel cars sold in Germany an EU are far mor dirty than their US counterparts. Making them "clean" would cost money.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        DeathKnoT
        • 1 Year Ago
        Safety, lighting, and other standards in canada are identical and have been for a long long time. Only difference is things like speedometers, and bumper standards are at 5mph where the us is at 2.5mph. In practice it makes no difference automakers switch the cluster numbers printing, and design the cars to meet both the bumper standards.
        nassau
        • 1 Year Ago
        The negative voters think we have a real pro business president.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Long overdue.
      Worx2749
      • 1 Year Ago
      Canadian provinces make American states look puny. Ya'll think Texas is big?? heh heh
        Slizzo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Worx2749
        Ya'll think your provinces are big? Alaska.
      car-a-holic
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a slippery slope..... There goes Canada... Soon they'll be a hot mess like the good ole us of a... Hehehe
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, those refineries are going to have to be working real hard to refine that dirty tar sands bitumen into cleaner gasoline & diesel.
        mbukukanyau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        not to worry, you will be paying for it.
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @mbukukanyau
          Not me, I drive EV. :-) (OK, I will be paying for it indirectly through things I buy though.)
      • 1 Year Ago
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      drewbiewhan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ya, Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment and former tv news anchorman. Hello Ron Burgandy!
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