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Backgrounder

The Government of Canada is planning to update the content of vehicle fuel consumption labels to better align with information contained on labels recently introduced in the United States for model year 2013 vehicles. 

The Government of Canada expects to have updated labels in 2014 for new model year 2015 vehicles sold in Canada.

New fuel consumption labels in Canada will ensure that Canadians have the most up-to-date information available to them when shopping for a new vehicle.  This will also provide consistency of label content and appearance, and provide certainty for all vehicle manufacturers and importers.

Currently, both Canada and the U.S. require vehicle manufacturers to use the Federal Test Procedure, which is a standardized test method to produce consistent and repeatable results to calculate fuel consumption. It is composed of two test cycles – the city test cycle and the highway test cycle.

However, the U.S. also adds results from three additional test cycles to better simulate everyday driving, air conditioner use and cold weather operation. Canada’s new values will be modeled after the U.S. process to better simulate real world driving conditions.

For example, a vehicle that is rated at 7 litres per 100km based on the old label would now show a rating of 8.2 litres per 100km on the new label, based on real world driving conditions.  Similarly, the estimated annual fuel cost would increase – for example, from $1,470 to $1,722 – a difference of about 15 percent. 

This new label is one aspect of the $28.8 million investment in the ecoENERGY Efficiency for Vehicles program, part of Natural Resources Canada’s suite of energy efficiency initiatives.

In total, the Government of Canada is investing $195 million in our ecoENERGY Efficiency Initiatives over five years to improve energy efficiency in homes, at work and on the road.

This investment demonstrates the Government of Canada’s continuing commitment to advance clean energy technologies. Improving energy efficiency saves money, creates jobs and increases energy security.