Ontario Elimination of Drive Clean Fee

Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada continues to follow the Ontario budget announcement earlier this year that committed to eliminating the consumer fee for Drive Clean testing. AIA has been informed that the fee will be removed at some point during the government’s fiscal year from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. Of note, the Drive Clean program itself is up for renewal as of June 2018. Thus far, there is no indication that the government plans to cancel the program. Hence, AIA’s focus remains on the elimination of the consumer fee and how it may impact shops.

With cash flow being an issue, AIA is also communicating to the government the necessity that shops get reimbursed their portion of the Drive Clean fee without delay. The Drive Clean Office confirms they are working on plans that would limit payout delays to days rather than weeks or worse. The government has assured AIA that it understands the importance of this issue and that they are committed to maintaining the good relationships they currently have with Drive Clean facilities. When the regulation is ready to be changed, the government will post the change for a 60 day comment period. AIA will provide more details as and when available.