In 2019, the Liberal government initiated a subsidy for those buying or leasing new zero-emission vehicles. This included businesses and local governments, as an incentive to reduce transportation pollution. Government agreements show that out of the total $300 million in subsidies issued so far, more than one-third of it has gone to Tesla drivers.
Transport Canada is trying to include used vehicles in the federal rebate so it is more relevant to low or middle-income consumers. Rather than letting only people who can afford a brand new vehicle take advantage of the subsidies.
Specifically, the program offers buyers a straight-up discount of up to $5,000 or $2,500 and sellers can then claim the incentives to be reimbursed.
Right after Tesla, Hyundai dealerships experienced the second-highest reimbursement of roughly $50 million and then Chevrolet with almost $40 million. Tesla only has one vehicle that can qualify for rebates and it is the Tesla Model 3, where the other companies have multiple vehicles that qualify.
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