Vision: Making car ownership cheaper and cleaner for Ontarians and providing safe cycling infrastructure
Passenger vehicles - from compact cars to small vans to pick-up trucks - make up over half of all transportation greenhouse gas emissions emitted every single year in Canada. Heavyweight vehicles like freight and trucks make up another 35 percent. If we are serious about reducing our carbon footprint and meeting our global commitments, we must radically reduce these emissions.
In a province as vast as Ontario, people aren't going to simply stop driving. And so, we need to accelerate the transition toward greening passenger and freight vehicles. It is as important as investing in green public transit.
Thankfully, going green is more affordable: The cheapest litre of gasoline is the one you don’t have to buy. Operating an electric car is 50-70% less expensive than one powered by gasoline.
The technology exists, so it’s about helping people get into these vehicles.
Our 10-point Plan:
- Match the federal government’s incentives for zero-emissions vehicles. This provides additional incentives up to $5,000 for battery-electric, hydrogen-fuel-cell, and longer-range plug-in hybrid vehicles.
- Enact a version of British Columbia’s Zero-Emissions Vehicle Act (ZEVA), which officially adopts the federal government’s personal vehicle sales targets for zero-emission vehicles of 10% by 2025, 30% by 2030 and 100% by 2040. Enforce those targets through a cap-and-trade mechanism for retailers.
- Re-institute the Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program, which was cancelled by Doug Ford. The program provides Ontarians with rebates up to $1,000 towards the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in their homes.
- Install 2,000 public charging stations across the province, with a focus on currently underserved areas.
- Help municipalities install another 2,000 public charging stations through a 50/50 cost sharing program.
- Re-institute the requirement, which was cancelled by Doug Ford, that all new homes built in the province have the infrastructure for an electric vehicle charging station.
- Develop business support programs for charging infrastructure and skills training to prepare Ontario firms for a mandate that all new vehicle purchases for corporate and municipal fleets be zero emission by 2030.
- Work with industry stakeholders and representatives to develop a roadmap to achieve carbon neutrality in the freight sector in Ontario by 2050.
- Re-institute the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program, which was cancelled by Doug Ford, and provide municipal governments with $200 million over four years for safe cycling infrastructure.
- Implement a program to provide incentive of $850 towards the purchase of a new e-bike to people who scrap their high-polluting vehicles (similar to a program in British Columbia).