The Québec Government published in the Gazette officielle du Québec of June 8, 2011, the draft Regulation to amend the Regulation respecting greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles.  The initial regulation which came into effect January 14, 2010 establishes standards for average greenhouse gas emissions for 2010 to 2016 model year vehicles initially sold within Québec.  These standards are the same as those used in the State of California.  The proposed amendments are made mainly to consider the vehicle fleet of a manufacturer that complies with the provision of the federal regulation for greenhouse gas emissions of passenger automobiles or light trucks as complying with Québec’s standards for the 2012-2016 model years.

The draft regulation also proposes to allow a manufacturer to agree with the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks on the information and documents that are to be filed so that the Minister may assess the greenhouse gas produced by the vehicle fleet marked in Quebec by the manufacture.  It is thus intended that the changes will bring Québec requirements into line with those used elsewhere in Canada and in North American jurisdictions, beginning in 2012, by offering greater flexibility to auto manufacturers who comply with Canadian federal standards.  Québec’s standards for 2010 and 2011 model year vehicles will continue to apply.  The consultation period for the draft regulation will end on August 6, 2011.