The Problem:

In 2015, Volkswagen (VW) and its subsidiary brands, including Audi and Porsche, was caught selling millions of diesel vehicles with an emissions fraud device. In Canada alone, over 105,000 vehicles spewed toxic emissions that were 35 times the legal standard. This fraudulent action resulted in pollution that’s been linked to asthma, heart problems and developmental effects in children. Not only is this a strain for Canadian families, but a blow to our economy.

Polluters must pay:

Since Volkswagen pleaded guilty in the U.S. for fraudulently rigging diesel vehicles globally, the U.S. and Germany ordered VW to pay over $31 billion in civil and criminal fines. These fines were used for pollution mitigation programs and infrastructure such as electric vehicle charging networks.

To date, Canada refuses to prosecute VW and has taken its side in court.

That’s why we at Environmental Defence (EDC) and our colleagues from the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE), represented by Ecojustice, have launched a legal case against the federal government to ensure a meaningful, effective and transparent investigation of the crimes committed by VW.

Fines paid by Volkswagen*

Germany (CAD $)

* The sum of fines shown here do not include settlements paid by VW to consumers, and only include criminal and civil fines brought by government prosecution. This means that the total is actually much more than this.

Global timeline of Volkswagen activities:

To see the full timeline of prosecution and enforcement activities in Canada and elsewhere since 2014, click here.

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