December 3, 2007

Federal government to ease vehicle importation requirements with amendments to regulations

Ottawa, Ontario – The Government of Canada is proposing an amendment to the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (MVSR) to clarify and make it easier for Canadians to import vehicles from the United States. The proposal targets vehicles built as of September 1, 2007 which are already equipped with an electronic immobilization system or can be fitted with one.

As of September 1, 2007, the MVSR required that all new cars, vans, light trucks and SUVs sold in Canada or imported to Canada come equipped with electronic anti-theft immobilizers. The government says the systems were made mandatory in response to the public’s desire to reduce the trend of thefts for convenience and to protect innocent parties from serious crashes, injury and death.

The proposed amendment will be published in the Canada Gazette Part I and would modify section 12 of the MVSR as it pertains to importing new vehicles sold in the U.S. Interested parties have 15 days to comment; the regulation would take effect shortly after the consultation period.

“Our government is committed to ensuring safety on Canadian roads and highways,” said Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “This amendment will simplify and clarify the process for Canadians importing U.S. vehicles, to ensure those vehicles meet our requirements with respect to anti-theft immobilizers.”

Transport Canada says that the proposed amendment will offer more flexibility to Canadians wishing to import vehicles and maintains efforts to ensure safety on roads; however, before buying a vehicle in the U.S., Canadians should check with the Registrar of Imported Vehicles about the rules and process for importing vehicles at

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