Government spent $186 million on rebates for electric cars

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The Trudeau government has spent $186,079,748 in a single year on rebates for electric vehicles, according to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF). Under the Incentives for Zero-Emission Vehicles program announced in 2019, Transport Canada offers rebates of up to $5,000 for electric cars sold for $45,000 or less. The Trudeau government budgeted a total of $300 million for electric vehicle rebates. 43,912 rebates were paid in the first year. The federal government has never been able to tell how much the rebate program will affect carbon emissions. In December, Transport Canada officials told the Senate national finance committee that they did not know what impact the program would have on carbon emissions. By that point, the program had already cost $165 million.

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