Clean transportation

Whether it’s getting the kids to school or getting goods to market, transportation is a big part of daily life. To keep reducing our emissions as our economy and transportation needs grow, B.C. is taking action through CleanBC to accelerate the move to lower-carbon transportation and prepare our transportation networks for climate impacts.

How we’re making vehicles and fuels cleaner

B.C. is moving towards a future where passenger vehicles create zero emissions and commercial transportation is significantly cleaner.

Zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) standards and rebates

  • The Zero-Emission Vehicles Act (ZEV Act) requires automakers to increase the percentage of ZEVs sold in B.C. to 10% of all new, light-duty vehicle sales by 2025, 30% by 2030 and 100% by 2040.
  • B.C. already has the highest uptake of ZEVs in North America, with 9% of new light-duty vehicle sales in 2020. There are more than 54,000 ZEVs on B.C. roads.
  • The CleanBC Go Electric light-duty vehicle rebate program provides point-of-purchase rebates on ZEVs to B.C. residents, businesses, non-profit organizations and local governments.
  • The Emotive program raises public awareness of ZEVs in B.C. by partnering with communities and local organizations.

Heavy-duty vehicles and fleet

Charging and refueling infrastructure

Cleaner fuels

  • B.C.’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard mandates a 20% reduction in the carbon intensity of gas and diesel by 2030.
  • The Province is working with producers to increase production of renewable fuels to 650 million litres by 2030, or about 8% of all fuel used in B.C. per year.
  • By 2030, CleanBC will require industrial and residential natural gas to contain at least 15% renewable content.

How we're making it easier to get around without a car

Active transportation refers to walking, cycling and other forms of people-powered travel. Through CleanBC, the province is working with communities to make it easier to get around safely without the use of a car.

Walking, bicycling and other active networks

  • Learn how the B.C. government aims to double the percentage of trips taken by active transportation by 2030.
  • Move. Commute. Connect. is B.C.’s plan to improve walking, cycling and other active networks and ensure they are safe, accessible and convenient for people of all ages and abilities.
  • The B.C. government offers active transportation infrastructure and planning grants to Indigenous and local governments to support active transportation improvements.
  • Budget 2021 exempts electric bicycles from provincial sales tax, making active transportation options more affordable for people.
  • As part of the CleanBC Go Electric program, Scrap-It offers rebates for the purchase of a new electric bike or BC Transit pass for people who scrap their old vehicles.
  • Budget 2021 includes $18 million towards active transportation infrastructure. StrongerBC also included more than $16 million in funding for active transportation projects.

Transportation infrastructure

  • The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure requires future impacts of climate change be considered when designing infrastructure such as roads and bridges.
  • StrongerBC includes an additional $20 million to make roads and highway systems more resilient to the effects of climate change, such as flooding.

Transit and ferries

  • BC Transit and TransLink are making the switch from diesel powered vehicles to cleaner options. BC Transit is committed to an all-electric fleet by 2040 and TransLink is committed to reducing GHG emissions by 80% by 2050.
  • B.C. is funding SkyTrain cars, buses and other improvements through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program and the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, in partnership with federal and local governments.
  • The Province is making public transit free for children 12 and under starting in September 2021.
  • Together with the federal government, the Province provided more than $1 billion for TransLink, BC Transit and BC Ferries through the Safe Restart Agreement to support safe, reliable and affordable public transportation.
  • CleanBC commits to fully electrifying B.C.’s inland ferry fleet by 2040.
  • BC Ferries is adding hybrid-electric vessels to its fleet by 2022. Two ferries are already in operation.

Transportation in 2030

As part of B.C.’s 2030 commitment to reduce province-wide emissions by 40% from 2007 levels, B.C. has set a 2030 target to reduce transportation emissions by about a third. The Province is developing a roadmap to meet our 2030 targets that will be released later this year.

Here are some ways we might get around differently in 2030 based on CleanBC:

  • Almost all communities in B.C. have electric charging or hydrogen fuelling stations, and 30% of new light-duty vehicles sold in B.C. have zero emissions
  • Using more low-carbon fuels to reduce the emissions produced by transport fuels like diesel and gasoline by at least 20%

Find rebates and programs

For individuals and businesses

  • The CleanBC Go Electric program offers:
    • Rebates for zero-emission passenger vehicles like cars and trucks
    • Rebates for specialty and commercial vehicles
    • Funding for public and private fleets
    • Funding for personal and public charging stations and hydrogen fuelling stations 
    • Skills training
    • Research funding
  • The Scrap-It Program provides several types of rebates for scrapping your old vehicle , including new and used electric vehicles, electric bikes, transit passes and car share membership

  • CleanBC Heavy-Duty Vehicle Efficiency Program
    provides fuel management and fleet efficiency training for businesses and incentives for installing qualifying fuel-saving equipment

For communities

  • The CleanBC Go Electric program has rebates and funding for zero-emission vehicles, charging stations, hydrogen fuelling stations, skills training, zero-emission vehicle awareness, and research and development.

Grant programs (check for intake dates):

Read our plans and reports