Tesla has long been blazing the path for other EVs, and it continues to innovate as others follow its lead. While the brand has a strong following, the high-priced Model S and Model X have made it little more than eye candy for most buyers. Today, Tesla offers the far more affordable Model Y and Model 3, bringing its superior technology and outstanding performance to the masses.
The Tesla Model 3 has been particularly popular thanks to its spacious interior, 5.6-second 0-100 km/h time, and eye-grabbing looks. And let’s not forget its dual-motor all-wheel-drive variants that zip to 60 mph in as few as 3.3 seconds and can deliver up to 568 km of driving range.
So, how can you get your hands on a Tesla Model 3 in Canada? It's not the most straightforward task, but we'll explain how it works. We’ll also give you the scoop on all the incentives it qualifies for as well as a few alternatives to consider.
Buying a Tesla Model 3 all-electric sedan in Canada is unlike any other car-buying experience.
You can't just walk into a Tesla showroom, test drive a few models, and leave with the Model 3 that’s calling to you. That's too simple for Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Instead, you must first schedule a test drive, and Tesla will bring a vehicle to you.
If you want to buy the Tesla Model 3 after your test drive, you still can't simply sign the paperwork and keep the car. Instead, you must go through the Model 3 ordering process, where you choose the variant you prefer — Standard Range Plus, Long Range, or Performance — the interior and exterior color, the wheels, and whether you want AutoPilot full self-driving capability.
With all those options selected, Tesla gives you a final price. But you're not done yet. You must then put down a non-refundable $100 deposit and wait for your Tesla Model 3 to arrive. The current waiting period is 6-9 weeks.
When the vehicle is ready, Tesla will deliver it to you and complete the purchase paperwork and payment.
Buying a used Tesla Model 3 in Canada is far more straightforward. You can start with an online search for pre-owned Model 3 units that meet your needs, or you can head straight to Clutch to see our inventory of in-stock Model 3s available for immediate delivery in Ontario, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia.
Once you choose the Model 3 you want, you can complete the paperwork like any other used vehicle and take it home.
If you make your purchase through Clutch, we streamline this process by handling the entire transaction online — no need to set foot in a dealership. We then deliver the vehicle to you with a 10-day, no-hassle, money-back guarantee. If you don't love your Clutch pre-owned Model 3, we'll take it back and refund 100% of your money.
Electric car prices are still significantly higher than their internal combustion counterparts, but with no gasoline to pay for and less maintenance, the savings can add up quickly.
If you're shopping for a new Tesla Model 3 in Canada, expect to pay anywhere from $46,389 for the base Standard Range Plus model with a limited 151-km range to $74,990 for the Performance model. If you opt for Auto Pilot, add an extra $10,600. There are also optional paint and interior colors that can add a few thousand dollars to the price.
If you're planning to buy a pre-owned Tesla Model 3 from a dealership, prices range greatly depending on the model year and options. However, you can expect pricing to range from just under $38,000 for a 2019 Model 3 Standard Range Plus with rear-wheel drive to about $69,600 for a 2021 Model 3 Performance with all-wheel drive, according to Kelley Blue Book.
When considering an electric vehicle, you must also consider charging it. As of June 2019, 70% of Canadians still mentioned range anxiety — the fear of running out of battery mid-trip — as the main reason for not buying an EV.
Canada is looking to quickly put this concern to bed with rapid EV charging station deployment. As of April 2021, National Resources Canada lists more than 6,000 public DC Fast and Level 2 EV charging stations nationwide with over 13,400 available charging outlets.
Of those stations, more than 1,000 are DC Fast Chargers — over 2,300 outlets total — which can charge the Model 3 to 80% in about 30 minutes. Keep in mind, many of these outlets will feature CHAdeMO connectors, which require an adaptor that runs $530.
As of now, there are only 105 DC Fast Charger stations in Canada — a total of 991 charging outlets — that feature a Tesla-specific charger.
It’s also worth noting that charging your Model 3 isn't free. On Tesla's Supercharger network, it costs an average of 26 cents per kilowatt, which comes out to about $23 per 500 km. Regardless of the charging network you use, Uswitch research found the average cost to charge an EV in Canada is just $278.59 per year, which is about $23 per month.
It’s best to have a professional electrician install an at-home wall charger. The unit costs $635 from Tesla — installation is extra — and will get you about 71 km of range per hour of charging.
Tax and other governmental incentives have been vital in making electric vehicles more accessible for average buyers. In Canada, the Model 3 is eligible for federal and provincial credits that drive its price way down. That said, these incentives are mainly availablewhen buying or leasing a new Tesla Model 3, not a pre-owned one.
In April 2019, Canada unveiled a new government incentive program that would lower the purchase price of an electric vehicle by up to $5,000. To qualify for the tax credit, the vehicle had to have a $45,000 maximum base model price to qualify. After meeting that qualifier, the credit was available on trims of that same vehicle with a total price of up to $55,000.
The problem is that the cheapest new Tesla Model 3 was $53,700 at the time. As such, Tesla launched a new Model 3 with a 150-km battery pack that cost $44,999 — a single dollar under the qualifying threshold. This also made the Standard Range plus model eligible for the up-to-$5,000 incentive.
The federal incentive is a point-of-sale credit, so it comes directly off the Tesla Model 3's MSRP at the time of purchase or lease. The credit comes in tiers based on whether you buy or lease and how long the lease is:
When buying a Tesla Model 3 in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, or Yukon, there are additional incentives on top of the federal offer. These incentives are as follows.
If you buy or lease a new Tesla Model 3 in British Columbia, you're eligible for up to another $3,000 in point-of-sale credit. Combined with the federal credit, this would bring the total price down by $8,000.
Only the 151-km Standard Range and 402-km Standard Range Plus models are eligible.
Nova Scotia's rebate on the Tesla Model 3 runs $3,000 and is available only on the Standard Range and Standard Range Plus models. This is a point-of-sale rebate and stacks with the federal rebate for a total of $8,000 off.
A unique thing about Nova Scotia's EV rebate is that it also covers those who purchase a pre-owned EV. Any EV with six seats or fewer that costs $10,000-$55,000 and was purchased from a dealership is eligible for up to a $2,000 point-of-sale rebate.
That means if you find a pre-owned Model 3 for between $10,000 and $55,000, you can save $2,000.
Ontario offers no provincial rebates, but it does give EV owners free carpool lane access.
Quebec offers an $8,000 point-of-sale rebate on all new electric vehicles with an MSRP under $60,000, so the Model 3 Standard Range and Standard Range Plus would be eligible. This stacks on the federal rebate for up to $16,000 in savings.
You're also eligible for rebates when leasing a new Model 3 Standard Range or Standard Range Plus. These credits are based on the lease length.
In addition to the rebates, Quebec also gives EV owners access to reserved lanes and free passage on toll bridges and ferries.
Yukon offers up to a $5,000 point-of-sale rebate on all new EVs that start under $55,000. This rebate is also eligible for those who want to lease a Model 3. You'll get the full rebate on any lease that is three years or longer. Leases fewer than three years get a prorated rebate.
Yukon residents can also buy their Model 3 outside Yukon and import it without losing the rebate. Plus, Yukon will give you up to a $1,500 rebate to cover shipping the vehicle.
Purchasing a new Tesla Model 3 in Canada isn't the most convenient experience, and finding a quality pre-owned one can be equally challenging. Fortunately, the EV market has grown significantly, and there are plenty of alternatives from other automakers to consider. If you can’t get your hands on a Tesla Model 3 in Canada, consider these options.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV was one of the first mainstream EVs to challenge Tesla's industry-topping driving range, offering up to 417 km of driving range and a competitive price. Plus, it's eligible for most of the same rebates offered for the Model 3.
The Hyundai Ioniq Electric is another mainstream competitor to the Model 3 that's slightly easier to find on showroom floors. At just 274 km electric range, it doesn't offer the range the Model 3 does, but its pricing is lower, and it qualifies for most of the same rebates as the Model 3.
The Nissan LEAF was one of the pioneers of the mainstream electric vehicle, and it remains a strong alternative to leaders like the Model 3. It offers a pair of range options, the 240-km base model and the 363-km PLUS model.
Neither the base nor the PLUS model can touch the Model 3 Standard Range Plus' driving range, but their pricing starts far lower. Plus, they qualify for most of the same rebates as the Tesla. Another bonus: finding a new or pre-owned Nissan LEAF is fairly simple.
The BMW i3 isn't your typical posh Bimmer. Instead, it's an environmentally friendly EV with an innovative powertrain option. The i3 starts with a base model that includes only an electric motor and enough battery to travel 246 km.
If you need more range, there’s the optional Range Extender model that adds a small gasoline generator to deliver an extra 116 km. However, the added weight of the engine drops the all-electric range to 203 km.
The Volkswagen e-Golf stands out for blending in. Unlike many other EVs, the e-Golf looks almost identical to any other Golf on the road. Where it stands out is under the skin, where it features a 100-kW electric motor and a 198-km all-electric range.
It's not as range-friendly as the Model 3, but it's competitively priced and has all the same incentives as the Model 3.
The Tesla Model 3 isn't the easiest vehicle to find, whether it's a new or pre-owned model you're seeking. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
At Clutch, we purchased used Tesla Model 3 units then run them through our 210-point inspection process, and sell them for thousands less than new. Sure, you may not be eligible for the federal $5,000 rebate, but you’ll save on the MSRP and may still be eligible for some provincial rebates.
Plus, the Clutch car-buying process is 100% online, eliminating the stress of going to a dealership. Once you choose the Tesla Model 3 that works for you, we deliver it, and you have 10 days to try it risk-free. If you don't love it, you can return it for a full refund or exchange it for another vehicle.