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Green Freight Assessment Program

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Background

In Canada, freight transportation accounts for 10% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. Canada recognizes the importance of identifying pathways for reducing emissions from on-road freight while ensuring the competitiveness of the transportation sector.

In 2018, the Government of Canada launched the Green Freight Assessment Program (GFAP) investing $3.4M over four years to help companies make data-driven investment decisions to reduce their emissions and fuel costs.

These reductions will be achieved by medium and heavy duty vehicle fleets who are considering:

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  • Reviewing their fleet’s performance
  • Implementing operational best practices
  • Installing fuel saving technologies/equipment
  • Purchasing alternative fuel vehicles

This is achieved through two GFAP initiatives:

  • Assessment Projects – Receive up to $10,000 for a third party fleet energy assessment and obtain tailored recommendations for your fleet.
  • Implementation Projects – Take your recommendations further by investing in retrofit equipment or lower-carbon vehicles receiving up to $100,000 from GFAP.

Results:

Assessment Projects have contributed to the review and analysis of over 5000 medium and heavy duty vehicles with the resulting Implementation Projects funding over 2000 retrofits. These retrofits include the installation of fuel-reducing equipment such as:

  • Auxiliary Power Units
  • Auxiliary Bunk Heaters
  • Side Skirts
  • Boat Tails
  • Aerodynamic Mud Flaps
  • Low Rolling Resistant Tires
  • Training for over 300 drivers to ensure new equipment is properly used and well maintained

In addition to truck retrofits, GFAP has supported the purchase of 14 compressed natural gas heavy-duty vehicles, helping to reduce the investment risk for companies interested in new lower-carbon options.

Significant progress has been made in addressing the barriers companies face when deciding how to implement emission-reducing strategies. We are encouraged by our strong partnerships with the transportation industry as well as our provincial counterparts and look forward to building and facilitating new strategic partnerships as we move forward.

Service Standards

In serving the public, our goal is to achieve the following service standards:

  • Respond to general inquiries made by email address before the end of the next business day.
  • Review the completeness of your application reply within five business days.
  • Evaluate applications and send an approval or a rejection notification letter within 40 business days of the end the Request for Project Proposals deadline.
  • Provide a draft contribution agreement for review within 30 business days of issuing a Letter of Conditional Approval.
  • Review submitted payment claims within 15 business days.
  • Payment sent within 30 business days of receipt of a duly completed and documented payment claim.
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