Our local MPP says new provincial efforts to encourage people to drive electric cars will cost Ontarians thousands of dollars a year.

As part of ‘Ontario’s Five Year Climate Change Action Plan 2016-2020,’ a program to offer drivers cash for their old vehicle was introduced, in order to encourage them to make the switch to an electric car.

It also means new houses and condos would need to have garage plugs to charge them.

Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith says the introduction of the program will cost Ontarians thousands of dollars, and is simply not feasible.

Smith says this would result in the province needing to create more energy to keep up with the demand.

Smith says it does not make sense for manufacturers to change their production practices for a market that represents only 0.8 per cent of the global automotive industry.