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Old 03-29-2021, 06:43 AM   #1
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Canadian Emissions Regulations?

Hello, I've been reading a lot about the emissions regulations. From what i understand, in the USA if you have a bus that is 2003 or older, you basically have no serious regulations to worry about.

What about Canada? Is anyone familiar with the emissions requirements/standards in regards to diesel busses and conversions in Canada? Specifically Ontario?


One thing that really worries me is buying a bus that i wont be able to drive due to regulation. I've tried searching and, there's a TON of legalese that is scattered across dozens of documents and im lost. Canadian vehicle laws seem to be written like spaghetti, and i cant tell what it all adds up to. I think maybe i should contact a lawyer to be sure, because our laws are not written for humans.

I'm looking at school busses and MCI coaches. Diesel. Is there anyone familiar with the Canadian regulations?

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Old 03-29-2021, 07:10 AM   #2
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FYI in the US you don't really have to worry about emissions regulations regardless of the age of your bus. The (federal) EPA regulations govern the engine manufacturers, not vehicle owners, so your bus is legal regardless of what emissions control devices it does or does not have installed in it (although removal of these factory-installed devices is illegal). The state of California does have more stringent requirements that require owners of older diesel vehicles to re-engine, but motorhomes are exempted from this requirement.
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Old 03-29-2021, 09:36 PM   #3
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In Canada, vehicle owners are required to take their cars in for regular emissions tests, and if your car fails the emissions test you are not allowed to drive the car until its "fixed".

Sometimes you can find someone who'll take a case of beer to pass your emissions, but i dont really want to risk that noise.

It appears there are some exemptions to the emissions laws, but i cant tell what years, types or vehicles. Our laws are a sort of patchwork, and you need to be a legal archeologist to dig it all up and assemble it into something recognizable. There's no central website showing the end result of all this legalese.
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Yes, recurrent emission tests are based on provinces and further refined into regions. Ontario, for instance, no longer has emissions tests for personal vehicles, but not too long ago they were an annual check in southern and eastern Ontario. Northern Ontario never had them.


You'll have to look at your region for the rules.


Commercial vehicles still have to undergo and pass emission tests.
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