The Government of Canada recently announced an investment of up to $38.2 million in funding from the Low Carbon Economy Fund to support Manitoba’s Efficient Trucking Program (ETP) and Manitoba’s Merit-based program.

Building on a 2019 investment, the ETP is receiving an additional $3.6 million from the Government of Canada to support a new intake for applications. The Manitoba government will also contribute up to $3.3 million and Manitoba’s trucking sector will provide $6.6 million. The ETP rebates up to 50 per cent of the cost of installed fuel-saving devices or technologies for heavy-duty vehicles or trailers. Re-opening this program will continue to help Manitoba’s transportation sector reduce carbon pollution. Overall, it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 120,000 tonnes by the year 2030, which is equivalent to saving about 51 million litres of gasoline consumed in a year.

The program is delivered by Red River College Polytechnic’s Vehicle Technology and Energy Centre. Interested applicants can apply today to the new intake by visiting efficienttrucking.ca. A second intake for applications will start on Oct. 1.

The Government of Canada is also investing $25 million in Manitoba’s Merit-based program, while the Manitoba government is contributing $6.25 million to this program delivered by the Manitoba Climate and Green Plan Implementation Office.

Eligible recipients include municipalities, government entities, industry, Indigenous communities, and not-for-profit organizations. Projects funded through the Merit-based program will help Manitoba:

  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions including transition from the combustion of fossil fuels to renewable energy;
  • promote clean growth and green job creation;
  • support industry competitiveness; and
  • improve energy efficiency and reduce energy costs.
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The federal funding for both programs comes from the Low Carbon Economy Fund. Investments in climate action initiatives, such as the ones announced today, are necessary for Canada to achieve its climate goals and build a strong, clean economy for everyone.

“Reducing the carbon footprint of the trucking sector is crucial to successfully attaining Manitoba’s carbon reduction goals,” said Manitoba Environment and Climate Minister Kevin Klein. “By partnering with the federal government, we are able to transition more vehicles and industries from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Manitoba will continue to lead the way in the development of a cleaner, greener economy.”

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