Advocacy and Policy Updates

2020 Canadian Advocacy, Legislation and Policy Updates

NAFA Canadian Advocacy, Legislative and Policy Updates

February 19, 2020 Update

Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP

Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) is now accepting project proposals for funding consideration under the second stream of the Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP). This second RFP targets projects for electric vehicle charging and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure in multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs), workplaces and for light-duty vehicle fleets. 

The ZEVIP supports the deployment of a network of zero-emission vehicle chargers (Level 2 and higher) and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure across Canada. Funding would be available on a cost-sharing basis for strategic projects for electric vehicles and/or hydrogen infrastructure for corporate fleets, last-mile delivery fleets, and mass transit.

Fleet Managers that are interested in this excellent opportunity are invited to visit NRCAN website and complete the online form.

Completed project proposals may be submitted to NRCAN no later than May 12, 2020. 

Bill C4 - An Act to implement USMCA, has passed second reading and has been referred to the House International Trade Committee for further study. NAFA supports the agreement in its current form and continues to advocate for a quick ratification of the deal by Parliamentarians. 

February 5, 2020 Update

President Trump Signed USMCA into Law

President Trump signed USMCA into law last week, effectively completing the ratification process in the United States. Mexico has also fully ratified the deal. The last step on the road to full implementation is now the passage of the deal into law in Canada. The Canadian government has tabled the bill to ratify USMCA last week in the House of Commons. Members of Parliament will debate the ratification bill in the House over the next couple of weeks before it is submitted to vote. 

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, who presided over the talks that led to the new deal, urged the opposition parties to move quickly with enshrining the revamped treaty into law in order to provide certainty after years of nail-biting negotiations.

In the current minority dynamic, the Liberal government will require the support of at least one opposition party in order to support the deal. The Conservative Party — official opposition party — has signalled that they will support the agreement in its current form. Other opposition parties such as the Neo-Democrats have also indicated their potential support for the deal as long as the labour rules are enforced strongly. 
Time is of the essence; however, it could take over a year before the deal is fully implemented. When the ratification bill is passed into law by Parliament, the three signatories will take several months to develop regulations to interpret the deal’s provisions before rules finally take hold. That is why the government of Canada is pushing for quick ratification in Canada.

NAFA Canadian Legislative Counsel will continue to monitor closely and update the membership of any new development.

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