Quebec can sue VW for every person who lives in province

Published: January 26, 2018

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones



A judge in Quebec Superior Court has ruled a class-action lawsuit against German automaker Volkswagen can proceed. The action relates to the emissions scandal the automaker was embroiled in two years ago, and has continued since.

Volkswagen was found to have installed software to fool regulators. The software allowed diesel cars pumping out excessive emissions to appear comfortably within regulatory guidelines. VW admitted it had falsified reports for many diesel models.

The company has already been forced to pay multi-billion dollar settlements and fines in several countries, including two settlement deals in Ontario and Quebec. However, the latest action in Quebec is different as it seeks to sue Volkswagen on behalf of all people in the province.

Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique, the environmental group in the province, says all Quebecers were victims of the added pollution caused by Volkswagen’s vehicles.

“They see the environment as something very minor but the problems are growing and growing and growing,” said Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique president André Belisle. “And at some point we have to put our foot down.”

The Association is seeking $35 in damages for each person who lived in Quebec from January 01, 2009 and September 21, 2015. It is so far unclear how much that will equate to.