Rivian has yet to deliver a vehicle to a Canadian customer, despite the company originally targeting the start of deliveries in Canada in November 2021.
Part of the reason for that delay is that the automaker has not received certification from Transport Canada to sell the R1T or R1S north of the border. In a 10-K filing earlier this year Rivian said it hoped to apply for and receive that certification by September 2022.
The good news is that with just a few days left in the month the automaker was able to meet their target and have sent an application to Transport Canada.
The bad news is that they did not meet the requirements and did not receive certification from Transport Canada to import their vehicles into the country.
That is not the end of the story for Rivian however, as they can apply again once they have corrected the issues that prevented them from receiving the certification in the first place.
UPDATE September 29 2:35pm PDT: Rivian is now certified with Transport Canada and can begin deliveries. Read more here.
Transport Canada was not able to divulge what Rivian’s deficiencies were, or how many times Rivian has applied for certification.
In a statement to Drive Tesla, the federal agency was only able to say that Rivian “has yet to provide satisfactory evidence of compliance to all applicable Canadian motor vehicle safety standards.”
However in their 10-K filing Rivian said they would need to have the appropriate “telltales, speedometer units of measure, certain labels, immobilizer requirements for anti-theft, and pass-by noise standards.”
There is no deadline for when Rivian has to reapply and show they have corrected the deficiencies and now meets Transport Canada’s requirements, but for the sake of Rivian reservation holders in Canada, we hope it happens soon.