Canada is committed to decarbonizing the country's transportation sector and becoming a global leader in zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs). In the last few years, we have seen a steady growth of Canada's ZEV market share. Based on Transport Canada's analysis of data acquired from IHS Markit, the ZEV share of light-duty vehicles sales was 5.6% in 2021, 3.8% in 2020, up from 3.1% in 2019 and 2.3% in 2018.
To move to decarbonization of the transportation sector, we need significantly more ZEVs on the road. That is why the Government of Canada is committing to a mandatory 100% zero-emission vehicle sales target by 2035 for all new light -duty vehicles. As announced in Canada's 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan: Clean Air, Strong Economy, the Government is developing a light-duty ZEV sales mandate for new vehicle purchases, which will set annually increasing requirements towards achieving 100% ZEV sales by 2035, including interim targets of at least 20% by 2026 and at least 60% by 2030.
Steady annual progress towards these targets would translate to approximately:
- 1.4 million ZEVs on the road by 2026 (about 5% of total light-duty vehicles on the road)
- 4.6 million on the road by 2030 (about 16% of total light-duty vehicles on the road); and
- 12.4 million on the road by 2035 (about 40% of total light-duty vehicles on the road).
Please note: These projections are subject to change based on the final design of the light-duty ZEV sales mandate, which is led by Environment and Climate Change Canada.