Environment Canada

Environment Canada

November 13, 2009 12:46 ET

More Than 50,000 Vehicles Registered Under the Government of Canada's Retire Your Ride Vehicle Scrappage Program

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 13, 2009) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, today recognized an important milestone reached under the National Vehicle Scrappage Program, Retire Your Ride. The program encourages people to scrap their high-polluting vehicles and turn to environmentally-friendly transportation.

"More than 50,000 vehicles have been registered under the Retire Your Ride program since its launch in January 2009, which will result in approximately 2,250 tonnes of smog-forming pollutants being removed from our atmosphere. The Retire Your Ride program is an effective means for the Government of Canada to take action to reduce smog and improve the health of Canadians and our environment," said Minister Prentice

Funded by the Government of Canada and delivered by Summerhill Impact (formerly the Clean Air Foundation) through a network of not-for-profit organizations, Retire Your Ride offers incentives to Canadians who retire vehicle models from 1995 or earlier. These older vehicles are 19 times more polluting than 2004 and newer model years.

Rewards vary from region to region, and may include free public transit passes, rebates on bicycles, memberships in car-sharing programs or $300 cash per vehicle. Participants can also benefit from rebates on the purchase of new vehicles provided by vehicle manufacturers.

"The Government of Canada is proud of the results achieved through Retire Your Ride and we encourage Canadians to continue to take advantage of the program and its incentives," said Minister Prentice.

For more information on the vehicle scrappage program, please visit http://www.retireyourride.ca/

(Egalement offert en francais)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    Environment Canada
    Media Relations