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.
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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
- The CleanBC Go Electric Specialty-Use Vehicle Incentive (SUVI) program supports adoption of other types of ZEVs. This includes rebates for motorcycles, low-speed utility trucks, electric cargo bicycles, a variety of medium and heavy-duty trucks and more.
- The CleanBC Go Electric Commercial Vehicle Pilots program supports ZEV adoption for B.C.-based businesses, non-profits and Indigenous and local governments.
- The CleanBC Go Electric Fleets program supports B.C.-registered companies, Indigenous and local governments and public sector organizations transitioning their light-duty fleets to ZEVs.
- CleanBC Go Electric Advanced Research and Commercialization (ARC) program provides funding to support companies operating in the ZEV sector in B.C., to create jobs, increase exports and attract international investment.
- StrongerBC, the Province’s economic recovery plan, committed $30 million to the Commercial Vehicle Innovation Challenge.
- The Clean BC Heavy-Duty Vehicle Efficiency Program provides fuel management and fleet efficiency training for businesses and incentives for the installation of qualifying fuel-saving equipment.
- FortisBC offers incentives for switching to compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG), which reduces the emissions produced by mining and heavy-duty transport trucks, marine vessels or locomotives.
Charging and refueling infrastructure
- B.C. has one of the largest public charging and refueling networks in Canada, which is supported by the Province’s CleanBC Go Electric Public Charger program and the CleanBC Go Electric Hydrogen Fuelling Infrastructure program.
- The Province, in partnership with BC Hydro and FortisBC, is providing rebates for the purchase and installation of electric vehicle (EV) chargers for homes and workplaces across B.C.
- The CleanBC Communities Fund provides provincial and federal funding for community projects that reduce reliance on fossil fuels, including public charging infrastructure for ZEVs.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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%
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
- 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):
- B.C. Community Climate Funding Guide
a one-stop resource for climate funding source
- CleanBC Communities Fund
cost sharing for clean energy and energy efficiency infrastructure
- B.C. Active Transportation Infrastructure Grants Program
funding for municipalities, regional districts and Islands Trust
- Active Transportation Network Planning Grant (delivered by UBCM) funding to local governments with populations under 25,000 to incorporate active transportation into land use and strategic plans