Volkswagen ordered to pay largest environmental penalty in Canada’s history

"Volkswagen AG was ordered to pay an unprecedented $196.5 million fine in the Ontario Court of Justice  on January 22 after pleading guilty to 60 charges for offences under federal environmental legislation.


Volkswagen AG pleaded guilty to 58 counts of contravening section 154 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 by unlawfully importing into Canada vehicles that do not conform to prescribed vehicle emissions standards, which is an offence under paragraph 272(1)(a) of the Act. The company also pleaded guilty to two counts of providing misleading information, an offence under paragraph 272(1)(k) of the Act. The fine will be directed to the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund."


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