On December 29, 2009, the Quebec government published new regulations that will adopt California's vehicle emissions standards. The regulations will take effect on January 14, 2010, imposing increasingly stringent fleet-average emissions standards on cars and light trucks made between 2010 and 2016 that are sold, leased or marketed in the province. As designed, the regulation will, by 2016, require light vehicles to produce no more than 127 grams of greenhouse gas per kilometre. This announcement follows commitments by the U.S. and Canadian federal governments to bring into force new nationwide vehicle emissions standards, beginning with the 2011 model year.
The announcement also follows Quebec's recent pledge, made in the weeks leading up to the Copenhagen conference, to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% below 1990 levels by 2020, the same basic target proposed by the European Union.