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Ontario Launches Investigation Into Volkswagen Canada and Audi Canada

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Ontario Launches Investigation Into Volkswagen Canada and Audi Canada

Province Probing Possible Violations under the Environmental Protection Act

The action by Volkswagen Canada and Audi Canada to sell cars to its dealers and consumers with software to bypass the vehicle's emissions control is under investigation by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change for possible violations under the Environmental Protection Act.

Ontario's Environmental Protection Act prohibits the sale of vehicles that do not meet emissions standards.

The province is also requiring the company to provide a plan detailing the actions they will take to fix impacted vehicles in Ontario.

When Volkswagen Canada and Audi Canada have identified an Ontario-specific solution to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, they will be expected to take action to ensure impacted vehicles are in compliance while minimizing any inconvenience and costs to owners.

Quick Facts

  • There are approximately 11 million cars in Ontario - about 35,000 are impacted Volkswagen and Audi vehicles.
  • Impacted cars include certain Volkswagen and Audi models from 2009-2015.
  • The defeat software turned off specific emissions control systems resulting in nitrogen oxide emissions exceeding standards by up to 40 times.

Additional Resources

  • Owners of impacted vehicles are encouraged to contact their dealer or Volkswagen Canada or Audi Canada for more information.
  • For more information on the Drive Clean program visit Ontario.ca/DriveClean, or call: 1-888-758-2999.

Quotes

Glen R. Murray

“The actions taken by Volkswagen Canada and Audi Canada are unacceptable. We want to make sure the right steps are taken to remedy this situation in a way that is easy for Ontarians, and ensures the province’s emissions standards are met.”

Glen R. Murray

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

Media Contacts

  • David Mullock

    Minister's Office

    david.mullock@ontario.ca

    (416) 212-7307

  • Kate Jordan

    Communications Branch

    kate.jordan@ontario.ca

    (416) 314-6666

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