Premier Ford announces the official end of Drive Clean for passenger vehicles and
promises to continue to stand against the federal carbon tax.
Elgin-Middlesex-London - April 1, 2019 - The Ontario government is putting people
first by making life more convenient and affordable for drivers while continuing
the fight against the disguised, unconstitutional federal carbon tax. Today marks
the end of the outdated, ineffective Drive Clean program as well as the first day
that the federal government's carbon tax comes into effect.
"Our government is standing up for the people by making life easier, not harder
for Ontario drivers," said Premier Doug Ford. "We're focused on keeping money in
people's pockets, not taking it away. We ended the Drive Clean program for passenger
vehicles to save Ontario drivers time and money. Unfortunately, the federal carbon
tax is going to make the cost of filling up your tank more expensive. I promise
the people of Ontario that our government will continue to fight this tax with every
tool at our disposal."
Ford joined Rod Phillips, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Jeff
Yurek, Minister of Transportation, and Monte McNaughton, Minister of Infrastructure,
to announce the end of the Drive Clean program and explain how the federal government's
carbon tax will hurt Ontario drivers.
Starting today, Ontario drivers no longer need to get Drive Clean emissions tests
for their light-duty passenger vehicles, as part of the government's commitment
to make life easier for vehicle owners and save taxpayers up to $40 million dollars
While the Ontario government cuts red tape and reduces the burden on taxpayers,
the federal government's carbon tax takes effect today. The carbon tax will cost
the average Ontario driver $57 at the pumps in 2019, at 4.4 cents per litre. By
2022, drivers could be paying up to $180 more a year because of this job-killing
"We know that the carbon tax will raise costs to every person in Ontario that drives
a car," said Phillips. "This is not necessary and will make life harder for Ontarians
just at the time when our government is taking actions to reduce regulatory burden
on drivers and make life more affordable. We have a practical plan that will protect
our environment without a carbon tax – so there is no justification for the federal
government to add this burden to our drivers and our economy."
As part of its Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan, the province has committed to protecting
Ontario air from smog-causing pollutants by strengthening on-road enforcement of
emissions standards and by launching a new emissions testing program for heavy-duty
diesel vehicles, such as commercial transport trucks, in fall 2019. This new program
will result in more major polluters being tested.
"The people of Elgin-Middlesex-London have been very clear that eliminating the
Drive Clean emissions test for passenger vehicles will help to make life more affordable
and convenient," said MPP Jeff Yurek. "Particularly for residents of rural areas,
the Drive Clean program brought only unnecessary hassle, costs, and requirements,
and I am proud that our government has eliminated that burden."
"The federal government needs to respect Ontarians and our provincial government,"
said Ford. "We have a plan to reduce emissions, and the federal government should
stand back and let us meet our goals as we see fit. You can be for jobs or you can
be for a carbon tax, but you can't be for both."
- Beginning on April 1, 2019, the federal government will apply a fuel charge to fossil
fuels in Ontario, resulting in an estimated increase of 4.4 cents per litre for
gasoline. This will rise to 6.6 cents in 2020, 8.8 cents in 2021 and 11.1 cents
per litre in April 2022.
- The federal carbon charge will cost a typical household $258/year in 2019 and will
rise to $648 by 2022.
- Ontario's court challenge will be heard in April.
- The Drive Clean program was first introduced in 1999, since then industry standards
have significantly improved resulting in a steady decrease of passenger cars that
fail the emissions test. In 2017, the fail rate was reduced to five per cent.
- As outlined in Ontario's Environment Plan, the province is committed to reducing
emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, while recognizing the unique
circumstances of our economy. From 2005 to 2016, Ontario reduced its emissions by
about 22 per cent.