Emissions Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks in Canada and the U.S.

On August 9, 2011, Canada’s Environment Minister released a consultation document for proposed regulations to limit greenhouse gas emissions and improve fuel efficiency of new on-road heavy-duty vehicles, including full-size pick-up trucks, tractor-trailers, freight, delivery, service, cement, garbage and dump trucks, as well as buses, beginning with the 2014 model year. The proposed regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part 1, in early 2012. At that time, there will be a formal 60-day consultation period. Regulations are scheduled for later in 2012, with an implementation date to be aligned with that of the U.S.


This initiative has been in the works since May 21, 2010, when Canada and the U.S. announced their intentions to proceed with joint North American regulations. On August 9, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published the U.S. regulations.



Environment Canada. Consultation Document for Discussion of the Main Elements of the Proposed Regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 to Limit Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New On-Road Heavy-Duty Vehicles and Engines at: http://www.ec.gc.ca/lcpe-cepa/default.asp?lang=En&n=E826C69F-1

United States. Environmental Protection Agency. Regulations and Standards website compiles links to regulations and background information at: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/climate/regulations.htm

Canadian Trucking Alliance submission re the GHG reduction plan at: http://www.cantruck.ca/imispublic/Environment1/AM/ContentManagerNet/ContentDisplay.aspx?Section=Environment1&ContentID=8373

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