Environment Canada recently published regulations amending the On-Road Vehicle and Engine Emission Regulations. The amendments, which will come into force on January 1, 2014, are designed to maintain the alignment of Canadian vehicle emissions requirements with those of the United States, particularly with respect to the requirements for on-board diagnostic systems on heavy-duty engines and heavy-duty vehicles. Subsequently, on February 25, 2013, Environment Canada published new regulations (the Heavy-Duty Vehicle and Engine Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations) that will further align Canadian vehicle emission regulations with those in the United States. by establishing progressively more stringent greenhouse gas emissions standards for 2014 to 2018 model-year heavy-duty vehicles.

For further information, please see the Canada Gazette regarding the regulatory amendments and Environment Canada’s press release regarding the new regulations.

Jeff Gracer