Canada's Environment Minister, John Baird, today was joined by the Clean Air Foundation to launch a National Vehicle Scrappage Program, which will offer incentives to people who retire their 1995 or older model vehicles.
This program will be fully operating by January 2009, and will encourage people to scrap their gas-guzzling vehicles and to turn to environmentally-friendly transportation. The incentives over the scrap value of the vehicle include:
- Public transit passes
- Membership in a car-sharing program
- $300 cash
- a rebate on the purchase of a new car (from private resources)
The Government is providing $92 million over four years to implement the program, which will be delivered by the Clean Air Foundation - a national not-for-profit organization that runs the award-winning Car Heaven program.
"We are thrilled to be leading this program," said Ersilia Serafini, Executive Director of the Clean Air Foundation. "Car Heaven is a leading program in Canada and we look forward to working with additional local programs to build on their experience and to enhance this network nationally even more."
Of the 18 million cars and trucks on Canada's roads, about five million were manufactured before 1996, when new environmentally standards were introduced.
This initiative is part of the Government's Turning the Corner action plan, which includes a commitment to reduce emissions from transportation sources and cut smog-forming industrial air pollution in half by 2015.
Visit Vehicle Scrappage for more details.