Sunday, November 30, 2008

Canadian Government Green Incentives

As reported in Prius Chat, in 2007, the Harper government announced a tax on high-polluting, large-displacement vehicles and rebates on fuel-efficient vehicles through the ecoAuto program. The auto industry tax amounts to as much as $4,000 per vehicle in the case of fuel-inefficient V8s, this represents 220 million in additional tax revenues over 2 years. In order to reduce GHGs, federal rebates encourage Canadian consumers to buy smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles. The ecoAuto program, is an integral part of Transport Canada's ecoTransport strategy. People who purchase or lease a highly fuel-efficient vehicle, get a rebate of up to $2,000. (at a cost of 160 million over 2 years).

ecoENERGY Retrofit is a Canada wide program that provides federal grants and incentives to homeowners and small and medium-sized businesses, industry and public institutions to help them invest in energy and pollution-saving upgrades. In addition to the grants available under the ecoENERGY program, selected government agencies also offer grants and incentives to homeowners who conduct energy saving upgrades. To review these agencies by province click here.

There are a host of programs aimed to help spur the biofuels industry in Canada. Grants, tax exemptions and technology funds offer resources for biofuels start-ups. For a comprehensive list of federal and provincial government biofuel programs, click here. Includes Federal, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario. At this time there are no funding programs for biofuels in Newfoundland, New Brunswick, PEI, Northwest Territories. Nova Scotia, Québec, and British Columbia have specific tax exemptions in place.

For a searchable database of Canadian government incentives and rebates, click here.

Next: Provincial Government Green Incentives by Region (WEST, PRAIRIES, CENTRE, ATLANTIC, NORTH) / Canadian Municipal Government Green Incentives

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