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Canada Tightens Auto Emission Standards
May 01, 2007

The automotive sector of Canada is very competitive, accounting for 4.5 percent of global production according to industry experts.

According to industry experts, the automotive sector of Canada is very competitive, accounting for 4.5 percent of global production and a world trade surplus of more than 29 billion US dollar in finished vehicles. This accounts 63 percent of Canada's 2002 worldwide trade surplus of 46.2 billion US dollar.

The Canadian automobile industry is a leader in the expansion of highly skilled workforce, action to develop environmental quality and has a major contribution to Canada's economy.

Looking towards California, Canada plans to establish its automotive emissions standards, which are the toughest in North America, as a model for what Prime Minister Harper's Conservative government calls Green Plan Two.

According to government officials, this new plan will force the automobile industry to fulfill mandatory emission regulations, sent to the cabinet. The new plan is said to consist of penalties and sanctions for non-compliance. However, it's not expected to be implemented before year-end 2010.

On September 21, 2006, Rona Ambrose, Environment Minister said that she is looking at matching the auto emissions standard found in California and several other U.S. states.

It's said that increased cost of vehicles will force Canadians to drive older, less fuel-efficient cars, thus worsening environmental problems. Under this voluntary agreement auto manufacturers are to reduce 5.3-mega tons of annual greenhouse gas emissions by 2010.

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