Ottawa, Ontario – The federal government has passed a new regulation that harmonizes the Canadian car test speed requirements for bumpers on passenger cars with those already established in North American and European markets. The updated standards ensure that new, internationally-consistent pedestrian safety requirements can be introduced; that design and manufacturing costs can be reduced for Canadian manufacturers; and that consumers are provided with more choice, while maintaining road safety.
“This amendment will offer more choice to Canadians who wish to import vehicles, while maintaining the safety of Canadian roads,” said Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “It will also improve Canada’s international competitiveness by lowering development and testing costs.”
The bumper standard harmonization is consistent with the spirit of the Canada-U.S. Security and Prosperity Partnership, to reduce regulatory differences and facilitate international trade, while maintaining high levels of safety. Although the amended standard will facilitate importation, the government warns that Canadians should check with the Registrar of Imported Vehicles at RIV.ca about the rules and processes for importation before buying a vehicle in the U.S.