Under the country's Emissions Reduction Plan all new passenger car sales to be zero-emissions models by 2035. The government will gradually ramp up pressure on automakers, requiring "at least" 20 per cent zero-emissions sales by 2026 and 60 per cent by 2030.
Officials didn't say whether this applied to a make's product mix or simply the volume of cars sold. The Canadian government wanted 35 per cent of total medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sales to be zero-emissions by 2035, and 100 per cent of a "subset" of those machines by 2040.
The country is also offering $1.7 billion CAD (about $1.36 billion US) to extend incentives for buying electric cars and other zero-emissions vehicles.
The current federal programme offers up to a $5,000 CAD ($4,010 US) rebate for EVs, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell cars that meet varying price, seat and battery requirements. Some provinces, such as British Columbia and Nova Scotia, offer their own incentives.
The broader plan is meant to reduce emissions to 40 to 45 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, and reach net zero by 2050. This includes funds to support renewable energy projects, shrink oil industry emissions and develop "nature-based climate solutions."