The Efficient Truck Program

The Efficient Truck Program: Rebating The Costs of Making Trucks More Fuel Efficient

The Province of Manitoba and the Federal Government are ramping up their joint ETP, Efficient Truck Program.

Canada and Manitoba are working together to reduce pollution and help Canadians access clean solutions that save money and energy, create jobs, and build strong, resilient communities.

Manitoba Environment and Climate Minister Kevin Klein, on behalf of the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, announced up to $38.2 million in funding from the Low Carbon Economy Fund to support the Efficient Trucking Program (ETP) and Manitoba’s Merit-based program.

This partnership began with a 2019 investment. With this new announcement, the ETP is to receive an additional $3.6 million from the Government of Canada to support a new intake for applications. The Manitoba government will also contribute up to $3.3 million, and Manitoba’s trucking sector will provide $6.6 million.

The Efficient Trucking Program (ETP) provides rebates for eligible applicants who installed fuel-saving devices or technologies related to tire and rolling resistance, aerodynamic technology and anti-idling technology of their heavy-duty vehicles or trailers.

The ETP rebates up to 50 per cent of the cost of installed fuel-saving devices or technologies for heavy-duty vehicles or trailers. Manitoba has identified an initial series of fuel-saving device(s) or technology(s) that can result in GHG reduction, and applicants are eligible to receive rebates as summarized in the list of devices and technologies.

The program is now accepting proposals supporting retrofits in the transportation sector. Eligible applicants can receive up to a 50 per cent rebate on fuel-saving devices and technologies like idling technologies, low rolling-resistant tires, and trailer skirts.

Under the program, there are various devices and technologies covered, and they include:

  • Tire and Rolling Resistance: Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems and Low Rolling Resistance Tires.
  • Aerodynamic: Side Skirts and Boat Tails.
  • Anti-Idling Technology: Auxillary Power Units (APU)
  • Fleet Management: Telematics

An applicant can request a rebate for multiple devices on a single vehicle and/or trailer, as well as multiple devices for multiple vehicles and/or trailers owned or operated by the same applicant.

Eligible recipients include municipalities, government entities, industry, Indigenous communities, and not-for-profit organizations. Projects funded through the Merit-based program will help Manitoba:

  • reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including the transition from the combustion of fossil fuels to renewable energy;
  • promote clean growth and green job creation;
  • support industry competitiveness; and
  • improve energy efficiency, and reduce energy costs.

The federal funding for both programs comes from the Low Carbon Economy Fund. Investments in climate action initiatives, such as these, are necessary for Canada to achieve its climate goals and build a strong, clean economy for everyone.

The Efficient Truck Program is part of a bigger initiative by the Government of Canada focusing on finding faster, cheaper, cleaner ways to get Canadians where they are going.

Canada’s climate plan is on track to deliver the largest emissions reduction in the country’s history.

This program will continue to help Manitoba's transportation sector reduce carbon pollution. Overall, it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 120,000 tones by the year 2030, which is equivalent to saving about 51 million liters of gasoline consumed in a year.

Further information is available at the Efficient Truck Program website.


While a teenager Tony was fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue his love of aviation and began a career began in the airline world during his days in high school and university as he grew up in Toronto. After completing University at Guelph he moved to Ottawa, following a path in urban agriculture and environmental awareness. He shared his insights for over 2 decades as he appeared on TV, and radio, as the "Plant D octor", and operating his own business in horticulture. Later he reentered the transport industry and became involved in the manufacture and marketing of sustainable fuel-saving and safety products for the truck industry. He is director of an African American art collection based in Washington D.C. Today he writes passionately about transportation, sustainability, concerns of our modern-day world, and the intrigue of the human condition.