On September 22, 2015, the Government of Canada opened an investigation into Volkswagen’s alleged use of defeat devices to circumvent emissions regulations.
Following this, Environment Canada has issued the following update on the issue:
The Government of Canada has a long history of collaborating closely with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to align emission standards, as well as to provide oversight and verify compliance with applicable emission regulations.
Today, the Government of Canada is announcing that it has expanded its ongoing collaborative work with the U.S. EPA to assess other diesel vehicles for defeat devices and compliance issues.
Vehicles will be subject to a variety of tests including on-road testing using portable emission measurement systems. This collaboration will ensure we move as quickly as possible to test the broadest spectrum of light-duty diesel makes and models for potential defeat devices. Environment Canada is actively acquiring light duty diesel vehicles to test for defeat devices or other compliance issues.
It is important to note that these activities are separate from the investigation that Environment Canada opened on September 22, 2015.