The federal government will invest up to $5.9 million to improve the fuel efficiency of heavy-duty vehicles. This funding is a component of Manitoba’s Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund allocation of up to $66.8 million.
“Given Manitoba’s geographically central location, we are natural trucking hub. Heavy-duty trucking is a significant driver of our local economy, but also a growing source of greenhouse-gas emissions. Making fuel-efficiency improvements specific to the industry is key in helping Manitoba achieve its reduction targets in a meaningful way and enhance the competitiveness of our businesses,” stated Terry Duguid, parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Women and Gender Equality, on behalf of the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna.
The province claims that Canada is warming at twice the average global rate and the effects are being felt in Manitoba. The announced funding will allow the province to provide incentives for fuel-saving devices and retrofitting on heavy-duty freight trucks.
The Government of Manitoba will also contribute $5.9 million towards the program.
“This new program, in partnership with Canada, is an important initiative that supports Manitoba’s Climate and Green Plan. By working together, Manitobans and Canadians can continue to protect the environment and grow the economy in a practical and affordable way,” stated Sustainable Development Minister Rochelle Squires.
Canada’s heavy-duty vehicle regulations will make the transportation sector more competitive by saving new vehicle owners approximately $1.7 billion in fuel costs annually by 2030.