Transition énergétique Québec

Frequently asked questions

Purchase or Lease Rebate for a New Vehicle

1. How can I find out if the vehicle I want to buy is eligible for the government rebate?

See the list of eligible vehicles for the rebate on the purchase or lease of electric vehicles. This list is based on information provided by auto manufacturers and is updated regularly.

2. Were the rebates modified on April 1, 2017?

Yes, since April 1, 2017, the amounts of the rebates vary according to the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.

For all-electric vehicles, the rebate:

  • is unchanged for vehicles on which the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is less than $75 000;
  • $3 000 at the most for vehicles on which the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is at least $75 000 but less than $125 000;
  • nil for vehicles on which the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $125 000 or more.

For plug-in hybrid vehicles, the rebate:

  • is unchanged for vehicles on which the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is less than $75 000;
  • nil for vehicles on which the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $75 000 or more.

Moreover, the $500 rebate offered for hybrid vehicles ends starting with the 2018 model year.

Please consult the list of eligible vehicles to determine the current applicable rebate.

3. Can I get the rebate if the car dealer in my region is not a program partner?

If your car dealer does not offer to immediately deduct the rebate from the price of your vehicle, you will have to fill out the application form yourself.

See the procedure.

4. Why do I have to provide my social insurance number?

Your social insurance number will be used to produce an RL-27 slip (“government payments”). Revenu Québec requires that the Ministry provide this document when paying a subsidy. The law also requires that individuals provide their social insurance number when a slip must be issued in their name.

5. Why do I have to provide my email address?

The telephone number and email address allow us to communicate with the participants to obtain, if need be, additional information essential to process their application or evaluate the program in which they have participated.

6. Will the amount of financial assistance be the same throughout the duration of the program?

Since the program’s inception in January 2012, the amounts of the rebates were revised on January 1, 2013, February 1, 2014, January 1, 2015, January 1, 2016 and April 1, 2017. The amounts established on April 1, 2017 will be in force until December 31, 2020.

7. Is the amount of financial assistance the same for a purchase and for a long-term lease?

The rebate amount depends on the number of months on the lease.

For example, if a participant chooses a vehicle eligible for a $7,000 purchase rebate and opts for a 24-month long-term lease, he or she will get a $3,500 rebate. Long-term leases of 48 months and over are eligible for the same rebate as a purchase.

Eligible Vehicles
Purchase Rebate Lease Rebate
12 to 23 month 24 to 35 month 36 to 47 month 48 month and Over
As percentage 100% 25% 50% 75% 100%

This rule applies if you acquire one or two vehicles in the same year. If you expect to acquire three or more vehicles, see the following question.

8. Can I apply for a rebate on three or more all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles in the same year?

If you plan on applying for a rebate on three or more vehicles in the same year, each vehicle must be leased for at least 36 months to be eligible for a rebate.

Rebate on Three or More Vehicles in the Same Year
Rebate as a Percentage
Type
of
vehi-
cles
12 to 23 month
lease
24 to 35 month
lease
36 to 47 month
lease
48 month
lease or longer
Purchase
All electric vehicle - - 75% 100% 100%
Plug-in hybrid vehicles - - 75% 100% 100%

9. How are vehicle taxes calculated?

Applicable taxes are calculated based on the value of the vehicle before the purchase or long-term lease rebate is applied.

10. What is the deadline for submitting a rebate application?

If you have decided to submit your rebate application directly, you must ensure that you do so before March 31, 2021. Nevertheless, to be eligible for a rebate, your electric vehicle must have been registered in your name no later than December 31, 2020.