Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

August 04, 2009 09:00 ET

Natural Resources Canada: The Government of Canada Supports Fuel-Efficient Driving

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 4, 2009) - The Government of Canada is supporting nine organizations across the country to help Canadians lower vehicle emissions and encourage drivers to improve fuel efficiency. A total investment of $970,000 will assist local campaigns sponsored in five provinces.

"During the summer months, when families are taking advantage of their vacation, it is most important that we practice smart driving techniques to keep our air clean," said the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources. "This investment will help Canadians to reduce emissions by adopting driving habits that lower fuel consumption."

For example, Langley Township in British Columbia's Fraser Valley will use "anti-idling ambassadors" to help educate drivers about the benefits of turning off their vehicles. The Government of Canada's ecoENERGY for Personal Vehicles Program is also supporting vehicle emissions projects in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia, all with the goal of promoting fuel-efficient driving habits.

The ecoENERGY for Personal Vehicles Program supports the Government of Canada's commitment to reduce Canada's total greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020 and is part of the Government's ecoENERGY initiative - a $3.9-billion investment in measures to help Canadians use energy more efficiently, boost renewable energy supplies and develop cleaner energy technologies.

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Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, Lisa Raitt says Canadian drivers can help reduce emissions, keep the air cleaner and save fuel by reducing vehicle idling and adopting driving habits that reduce fuel consumption. The Government of Canada has joined forces with nine organizations in five provinces to lower vehicle emissions and improve air quality.


The following media backgrounder is available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media.

ecoENERGY Personal Vehicles Program: Driving Habits that Improve Fuel Efficiency, Reduce Vehicle Idling

NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media.

Contact Information

  • Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa
    Jocelyne Turner
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister
    613-996-2007
    or
    Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa
    Media Relations
    613-992-4447