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Canadian Government To Issue 100% Tax Rebate For Purchasing Electric Vehicles

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau committed to making zero-emissions vehicles more affordable.

Canadians expect their government to take ambitious actions to protect the environment while growing the economy and creating new jobs and opportunities for workers and businesses. To do this, we expect the government to support measures to accelerate Canada’s clean energy transition and help our businesses adopt the sustainable technologies of the future.

Yesterday, at the global mineral exploration and mining convention hosted by the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that the government intends to propose a new incentive that would make it more affordable for Canadian businesses to invest in zero-emission vehicles and automotive equipment.

To help Canada achieve its climate goals and keep our industries competitive, the Government of Canada intends to extend the existing zero emission vehicle incentive to include off-road vehicles. This incentive would provide a 100 per cent write-off of the purchase cost of eligible zero-emission vehicles and automotive equipment in the year they are put in use.  

We are supporting businesses that are making investments today to help protect our environment for future generations. By making it more affordable for Canadian businesses to make the switch to zero-emission technologies, we can help accelerate our transition to a low-carbon, clean-growth economy and create good middle-class jobs. The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

The Government of Canada intends to expand the temporary incentives announced in Budget 2019 for on-road vehicles, so that incentives would now also apply to off-road vehicles and automotive equipment. This proposed tax relief in support of increased investment on the part of businesses is estimated at $62 million over the 2020-21 to 2024-25 period.

Since March 19, 2019, businesses have been able to claim 100 per cent of the cost of the purchase of on-road passenger vehicles up to a limit of $55,000 per eligible vehicle purchase.

Under this new incentive, to be eligible for an income tax deduction of 100 per cent, vehicles would need to be available for use before 2024. The deduction allowance would decrease to 75 per cent for 2024 and 2025, and would decrease to 55 per cent for 2026 and 2027. Vehicles that are not available for use before 2028 would not be eligible for the accelerated deduction allowance.

This new incentive would encourage businesses, including in sectors like mining, transportation, and agriculture, to take advantage of opportunities to upgrade to newer, cleaner technologies.