About this Initiative

The objective of this Initiative is to increase the awareness, availability and use of lower carbon vehicles and fuels in Canada by supporting the installation of up to 70 vehicle fast-charging units, 6 natural gas and 2 hydrogen refuelling locations along key transportation corridors.  The actual number and type of installations built will depend on the Proposals received, and the strength of the business case brought forward by individual applicants.

Outcomes

Through this initiative, Natural Resources Canada expects to increase the capacity of targeted audiences to supply and use lower carbon transportation options, enabling them to take actions that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, contributing to Canada’s climate change and clean growth strategies.

Timeframe for Funding

Projects will be eligible for funding from the time that a contribution agreement is signed by Canada until the Completion Date or March 31, 2018 whichever comes first. 

Please note that expenditures incurred between the date of the Letter of Conditional Approval and the date on which a contribution agreement is signed by Canada fall outside of the eligible expenditures period and although they may count towards Total Project Costs, they are not eligible for reimbursement by Natural Resources Canada. It is important to consult with Natural Resources Canada during this period prior to incurring expenditures.

In all cases, until a written contribution agreement is signed by both parties, no commitment or obligation exists on the part of Natural Resources Canada to make a financial contribution to any Project, including any expenditure incurred or paid prior to the signing of such contribution agreement.

Eligible Recipients

Eligible Recipients are:

Individuals and legal entities validly incorporated or registered in Canada including not-for-profit and for-profit organizations such as:

  • Electricity or gas utilities
  • Companies
  • Industry associations
  • Research associations
  • Standards organizations
  • Indigenous and community groups
  • Canadian academic institutions
  • Provincial, territorial, regional or municipal governments or their departments or agencies where applicable

International legal entities validly incorporated or registered abroad including for-profit and not-for- profit organizations such as:

  • Companies
  • Industry associations
  • Research associations
  • Standards organizations
  • Academic institutions.

Eligible Projects

In order to be considered for funding, Projects must be for the permanent installation of new, publically accessible electric vehicle fast-charging units or natural gas or hydrogen fueling pumps, serving on-road vehicles.  Retrofitting or replacing existing infrastructure will not be considered for funding under this Initiative.

The technology used by approved Projects must be rated for outdoor operation by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, including CSA, ULC or other and bear certification marks approved by the relevant Authority Having Jurisdiction where the Project is to be located, when applicable.

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Component

Any approved electric vehicle charging Project must be Direct Current Fast Charge (Level 3) and use a four-hundred eighty (480) volt, three (3) phase power input with at least 1 charge connector that is CHAdeMO compliant and 1 charge connector that is SAE J1772 Combo compliant.

Natural Gas Infrastructure Component

Any approved natural gas Project must be capable of dispensing CNG dispensing compressed natural gas at 3600 psi and/or liquid natural gas.

Hydrogen Infrastructure Component

Any approved hydrogen Project must be capable of dispensing hydrogen at 70MPa.

Funding

Financial support for Projects is constrained by the total amount available for the Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative, the timeframe of this Initiative, and Project selection criteria.

Collaboration and leveraging are strongly encouraged, and these will be included among the selection criteria.  Natural Resources Canada will provide for Eligible Expenditure of the applicant’s guide.  In-kind contributions from the proponent and their partner(s) will be accepted on a case by case basis to count towards the proponent’s portion of the Total Project Costs.  In-kind support must be verifiable and directly support the Project. Further details for estimating verifiable in-kind support are in Appendix 2: Costing Memorandum of the applicant’s guide. 

Maximum Amount Payable per Project

Natural Resources Canada’s contribution through this Initiative will be limited to a maximum of five million ($5,000,000) per Project

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Components

Natural Resources Canada may pay up to 50% of Total Project Costs incurred within the Eligible Expenditure Period per Project, up to a maximum Natural Resources Canada contribution amount of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) per charging unit. 

Natural Gas Infrastructure Component

Natural Resources Canada may pay up to 50% of Total Project Costs incurred within the Eligible Expenditure Period per Project, up to a maximum Natural Resources Canada contribution amount of one million dollars ($1,000,000) per fueling location. 

Hydrogen Infrastructure Component

Natural Resources Canada may pay up to 50% of Total Project Costs incurred within the Eligible Expenditure Period per Project, up to a maximum Natural Resources Canada contribution amount of one million dollars ($1,000,000) per fuelling location.

Repayment

The Contribution is conditionally repayable for a period of up to ten (10) years after Project Completion if the Project generates Profit.  The requirements that may trigger repayments will be detailed in the contribution agreement, along with the process for repayment. 

Prior to signing a contribution agreement, the proponent will be required to submit a financial ProForma that shows the expected financial performance of the Project.  This should include all major line items for both revenue and expenses using GAAP, between the Project Completion Date and annually for ten years thereafter.

Following the Project Completion Date, proponents will be required to provide a financial statement on the profitability of their Project, (as described in the previous paragraph), using GAAP, on an annual basis.  If a profit is generated in any given year, then the amount to be repaid will be: profit times the proportion of Natural Resources Canada funding to Total Project Cost up to Canada’s Contribution. 

Stacking of Assistance

Prior to signing contribution agreements and continuously until the Project is completed, recipients will be required to disclose all sources of funding for the Project, including contributions from other federal, provincial/territorial, and municipal governments and industry sources, whether they be firm or still in negotiations.

Total government contributions may not exceed 75%, except in the case where the recipient is a provincial, territorial, regional, or municipal government or their department or agency, in which case, the total Canadian government funding authorized will not exceed 100% of total project costs.

If the proposed total Canadian government assistance exceeds the limits set out above, Canada reserves the right to reduce Natural Resources Canada contribution to the project until the stacking assistance limit is met.  If total Canadian government assistance exceeds the limits set out above upon project completion, Canada reserves the right to recover the excess contribution from the proponent. 

Note: The government assistance referred to in these stacking limits does not include loans from governments or Crown agencies.  For example, loans to the Project from governments or crown agencies would not be included in this calculation; however, if a preferential interest rate is obtained through government loans, the cost savings due to the preferential rate would be included.  Clarifications will be provided on a case-by-case basis.

Service Standard for Processing Monthly Claims for Payment for Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative

The following service standard applies in the case where the invoice received is acceptable to the Minister in that it is complete as per the terms of the contribution agreement, no component of the invoice is in dispute and where all conditions to issuing payment have been met, per the contribution agreement.

This standard is applicable solely to the functions within the responsibility of Natural Resources Canada i.e., processing claim to the point of forwarding the payment to Public Works and Government Services Canada so they may issue electronic payment.

The processing of claims for payment will be completed within 20 business days, from the deadline specified for proponents to submit their claim, to the date the processed claim is sent by Natural Resources Canada to Public Works and Government Services Canada to issue payment.

Please note that in the event that claims submitted require questions of clarification to be posed, the 'clock will stop' and resume only once clarification questions have been answered to Natural Resources Canada's satisfaction. Should circumstances warrant, and additional time be required, proponents will be advised in writing.