The Automotive Recyclers of Canada (ARC), with the financial support of Natural Resources Canada’s Canadian Minerals and Metals Plan, has prepared a Roadmap and Implementation Plan for the Management of End-of-Life Electric Vehicles in Canada

The Roadmap presents the business case for a national training program (including estimated three-year budgets and timelines) for Canadian auto recyclers to support their ability to manage the anticipated rapid growth of end-of-life (EOL) electric vehicles (EVs). The Roadmap also contains five specific EV research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) project opportunities.  

The core recommendation from the Roadmap is to design and deliver a comprehensive, bilingual, in-person, and online EOL National Vehicle Dismantler’s training program for at least 400 dismantlers across Canada over the next three years. The research for this report clearly indicates that:

  • The flow of end-of-life EVs to dismantlers is currently low, but is expected to grow in the coming years;
  • ARC member companies are for the most part eager to take on this challenge, but are not yet ready or trained to properly do so;
  • There is time to prepare for the coming EV transition but those preparations need to begin immediately;
  • The safety and well-being of dismantlers (and others) may be at risk if the EV transition is not managed properly; and,
  • The uncertainty regarding the economics of end-of-life EV recycling and dismantling is a concern.

The full report also identifies longer-term EV training needs and opportunities and—as noted—five specific EV research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) project opportunities were identified through the project research and key informant interviews.

Training will build upon the success of EVfriendly (the developer of Canada’s first comprehensive EV training program) as well as opportunities to collaborate with other organizational support partners, including Employment and Social Development Canada; Environment and Climate Change Canada; Natural Resources Canada; and various automotive sector stakeholders.

The development of an EV ecosystem in Canada is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to de-carbonize our vehicle transportation system and support long-term Canadian prosperity. Electric Vehicle Dismantler training is a central element of the rapidly developing EV ecosystem. There is still time to prepare for the coming EV transition; but those preparations need to begin immediately. ARC member companies are very concerned about the safety and well-being of their dismantler staff (and other auto aftermarket agents). There are significant personal and business risks if the EV transition across Canada is not managed in a timely and proper manner.

Click the link below to read the full report:

Roadmap and Implementation Plan for the Management of End-of-Life Electric Vehicles in Canada