Tomorrow, not Today: Autonomous vehicle legislation in Canada structured for futureproofing, not current deployment, report says

Toronto, Ontario Mondaq has released a new snapshot on the state of autonomous vehicle legislation across Canada, with most provinces focused on preparing for a wider AV boom rather than implementing them as quickly as possible.

British Columbia does not have legislation specifically covering AVs and does not provide insurance coverage for driverless vehicles.

Alberta has seen a legislative shift towards zero-emission vehicles, and completed autonomous trucking trials, but lacks specific laws on AV usage.

Saskatchewan has proposed, but not enacted laws regulating AVs.

Manitoba allows for AVs testing and does not mandate insurance for AV testers. However, property and personal damages maybe claimed against AV testing permit holders.

Ontario and Quebec allow for the commercial use of Level 3 autonomous vehicles, but Level 4 and Level 5 vehicles are exclusively for testing.

Nova Scotia can begin regulating AVs after the province’s Traffic Safety Act attains royal ascension.

New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut have yet to provide regulatory framework for AV deployment.

However, Yukon and the Northwest Territories have laws regulating an expected boom in AV testing in the respective territories.


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