On November 23, 2009, after hearings before the commission on transportation and the environment, Quebec adopted a GHG emission reduction target of 20% below 1990 levels by 2020. In adopting the target, Quebec reiterated its commitment to moving forward with the development of a regional cap and trade system under the umbrella of the WCI.

This announcement was followed by the announcement on December 29, 2009, of the coming into effect in mid January 2010 of California emissions standards for light vehicles in Quebec, making it the first Canadian province to bring these standards into effect. As 40% of Quebec’s GHG emissions are caused by transportation, reducing emissions in this sector is a key strategic area for the provincial government.