Canada launches auto scrappage program
Canada’s Environment Minister, John Baird, was joined
by the Clean Air Foundation to launch a National Vehicle Scrappage Program,
which will offer incentives to people who retire their 1995 or older
This program will be fully operational by January 2009, and will encourage
people to scrap their gas-guzzling vehicles and to turn to environmentally-friendly
transportation. The incentives include: public transit passes; bicycles;
a rebate on the purchase of a new car; membership in a car-sharing program;
or $300 cash.
The Government is providing $92 million over four years to implement
the program, which will be delivered by the Clean Air Foundation — a
nat-ional not-for-profit organization that runs the award-winning Car
Of the 18 million cars and trucks on Canada’s roads, about five million
were manufactured before 1996 (which is when new environmentally conscious
standards were introduced). These pre-1996 models produce about 19 times
more air pollutants than newer cars and trucks.
Until the program is fully up and running in January 2009, the Government
of Canada is providing $3.4 million funding to local vehicle scrappage
programs across the country.
This will encourage Canadians to take action by rewarding them with incentives
for retiring their old vehicles that will be part of the national program.
These local scrappage programs will have an opportunity to become part
of the Clean Air Foundation’s network for the delivery of the new program
As part of the Government’s commitment to high environmental standards,
the program will also include a National Car Recycling Code of Practice.
This tough code, currently being developed with the Automotive Recyclers
of Canada will raise the standard of environmental care for vehicle recycling
and apply to all participating recyclers.
The Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC) and its provincial associations
have partnered with the Clean Air Foundation over the years to help deliver
vehicle scrappage programs.
For additional information on the vehicle scrappage program, visit www.ec.gc.ca/VehicleScrappage.