Québec’s Regulation in respect of greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles, whose standards are equivalent to those in force in California, came into effect in on January 14, 2010. The enactment of this Regulation makes Québec the first Canadian province to actually apply and enforce North America’s strictest auto emissions standards.

The Regulation applies to all 2010-2016 cars and light trucks sold, leased or marketed in Québec. Manufacturers will be required to ensure that for each of these model years, their average fleet GHG emissions do not exceed regulatory levels. Any vehicles not meeting the standards will be subject to an additional $5,000 per vehicle fee. All sums obtained are then paid into the province's Green Fund, established by section 15.1 of the Act respecting the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs.

The coming into effect of this regulation is being hailed by the Québec Government as an important step towards realizing the goals of Québec’s 2006-2012 Climate Change Action Plan, and further as a determinant factor in reaching Québec’s independently set 2020 GHG emission reduction target.

The regulation is available in English and French on the website of the Ministère du Développement durable, de l'Environnement et des Parcs at:

http://www2.publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/dynamicSearch/telecharge.php?type=3&file=/Q_2/Q2R6_001_A.HTM