CVMA Statement on Quebec Internal Combustion Engine ban

November 16, 2020 STATEMENT

Statement by Brian Kingston, President & CEO of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association:

“Banning the sale of internal combustion engines will not speed the transition to zero emission vehicles (ZEV) in Quebec. Sales of ZEVs in Quebec accounted for 6.8% of new vehicle sales in the first half of 2020, representing less than 0.4% of the entire on-road fleet in the province. Consumers need more support to buy new ZEVs, not bans on internal combustion vehicles.

“Some 41 models of electric vehicles are now available for sale to Quebec consumers but much more needs to be done by government to help them afford to make the switch. A faster transition requires a greater ranges of financial and other consumer incentives, accessible home and workplace charging infrastructure and more education about electric vehicles. Engagement with industry will help accelerate the transition far more than bans on internal combustion vehicles and restricting consumer choice.  

“CVMA members are doing their part in the fight against climate change by investing billions in electrification and bringing more electric vehicle models to market than ever before.”


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Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association

Office: 416.364.9333

About the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association (CVMA)

The Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association is the industry association that has represented Canada’s leading manufacturers of light and heavy duty motor vehicles for more than 90 years. Its membership includes FCA Canada Inc.; Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited and General Motors of Canada Company. Collectively its members operate 4 vehicle assembly plants as well as engine and components plants, and have over 1,300 dealerships. 136,000 jobs are directly tied to vehicle assembly in Canada. Direct and indirect jobs associated with vehicle manufacturing are estimated at over 792,000 across Canada. Please visit