On December 7, 2009, Environment Canada published draft Passenger Automobile and Light Truck Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulations. These draft regulations, developed under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, would establish progressively more stringent limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new passenger automobiles and light trucks in Canada, beginning with the 2011 model year. The draft regulations would also align with U.S. national standards for vehicles of the 2011 to 2016 model years. According to Environment Canada, through the implementation of the draft regulations, the average greenhouse gas emission performance of the 2016 Canadian fleet of new cars and light trucks would be approximately 20% better than the emissions performance of the 2007 fleet.

Environment Canada is accepting comments on the draft regulations until January 15, 2010. For further information, please see Environment Canada’s background information.