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Since taking power, Ontario’s Doug Ford–led government has been heavy-handed with cuts across the board. The Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle and Charging Incentive Programs are a few of the rebate programs that got the axe in July. But the cuts aren’t just affecting Ontarians’ bank accounts–manufacturers are feeling the pinch, too.

Sales of Nissan’s Leaf electric hatchback have plummeted since the incentive program was turfed.


According to Nissan Canada, it sold 695 electric vehicles in Ontario in August. By November, those sales dropped to 10. That’s not a typo. The company literally sold 10 of its Leafs. That month in Quebec, however, the number was 283.

Previously, Ontario residents could receive up to $14,000 in rebates for opting for an electric vehicle such as the Leaf, which seemed incentive enough. But without the rebate, electric vehicles don’t seem to be as appealing.

Green rebates still exist elsewhere in Canada, limited to British Columbia and Quebec, which means both provinces are enjoying an influx of EVs. That in turn lowers the amount of time that people in those provinces have to wait for their new cars, now that Ontarians aren’t interested.

The Ontario government believes that by ending the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program, the province will save around $1 billion over four years.

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