A competitive free market, operating on a level playing field within a clear, stable and well-designed legal, fiscal and regulatory framework best serves the broad interests of consumers, suppliers, and the public with respect to economic prosperity, fuel supply security, and environmental sustainability.
Transportation fuels should be reliable, competitively priced to meet consumer expectations, consistent with vehicle and engine manufacturers’ recommendations (as found in owners’ manuals). Changes in fuel specifications must be compatible with transportation fuel infrastructure.
Policies should adopt a comprehensive systems approach that addresses fuel, vehicle and infrastructure issues. They should be underpinned by sound science, credible ‘well to wheels’ environmental impact analysis, and robust cost-benefit analyses that clearly demonstrate a net societal benefit for Canadians. Policies must not compromise fuel suppliers’ ability to meet consumers’ expectations of reliable, high quality and competitively priced fuel choices.
Regulatory requirements should be clear, and with minimal complexity, provide adequate time and certainty for compliance planning and implementation, provide feasible compliance pathways that allow for optimization in the production and distribution of fuels, and include appropriate structures for compliance and enforcement.
As part of an integrated North American fuel and vehicle marketplace, the Federal and Provincial governments should strive for harmonized North American fuel standards, with the exception of characteristics unique to Canada’s geography and climate.
Regulated standards should focus on the environmental performance of fuels. Fuel specifications that relate to vehicle performance should be developed through the multi-stakeholder process of the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB).