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Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program – Eligibility

NOTICE

The Request for Proposals (RFP) focusing on third-party delivery is now closed. NRCan will target having funding decisions by March 2021.

**Temporary Measure - Extended Project Completion**

As the second wave of COVID-19 continues to cause supply chain disruptions and operational restrictions, the Program is now allowing up to an additional 12 months to complete projects. As a result, proponents may have up to 30 months from the date of agreement signature for the completion of EV charging projects, and up to 36 months from the date of agreement signature for hydrogen refuelling projects.

Note that the completion date indicated in a signed contribution agreement takes precedence. Therefore, to avail yourself of this accommodation, you must contact your NRCan project officer or email nrcan.taf-tcr.rncan@canada.ca, as an amendment to existing agreement will be required.

The following eligibility requirements apply to the RFP for third-party delivery. NRCan will seek applications from eligible Delivery Organizations to distribute a component of the ZEVIP funding to Ultimate Recipients to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure in public places, on-street, in multi-unit residential buildings, at workplaces or for light duty vehicle fleets. Please note that other infrastructure streams may have different requirements.

Eligible Recipients:

Delivery Organizations (Initial Recipients)

  • Provincial, territorial, regional or municipal governments, institutions, agencies or Crown corporations (including utilities); or
  • Not-for-profit organizations validly incorporated or registered in Canada.*

*With your application, please provide a copy of the articles of incorporation or registration to confirm that your organization is validly incorporated or registered (only required for not-for-profit organizations).

Ultimate Recipients

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;
  • Academic institutions; or
  • Provincial, territorial, regional or municipal governments or their departments or agencies where applicable.

Eligible Projects and Technologies:

In order to be considered for funding, Delivery Organizations must distribute funding to Ultimate Recipients and ensure that the projects deployed by the Ultimate Recipients meet the following requirements:

  • Be an eligible technology as described in Table 1 of the Applicant’s Guide;
    • SAE J1772 standard plug head (Level 2 (208/240 V)
    • SAE J1772 Combo (for fast chargers)
    • CHAdeMO (for fast chargers)
    • Other proprietary charging connector types (maximum of 75% of all connectors for each site)
  • Be located in Canada;
  • Be a permanent installation (mounted or fixed models);
  • Be new and purchased equipment (not leased);
  • Be for a new installation or expansion of an existing installation (not for the replacement of an existing installation);
  • Be connected as defined in Section 1.2.1 of the Applicant’s Guide;
  • Increase localized charging opportunities in public places, on-street, in multi-unit residential buildings, at workplaces or for light-duty vehicle fleets, as defined in Section 1.2 of the Applicant’s Guide;
  • The work performed must be in compliance with all applicable local codes (for example, building and electrical) and bylaws (for example, zoning and parking);
  • Charging infrastructure targeting general public use must be installed in a parking space clearly identified for the purpose of charging electric vehicles; and
  • The project timeline must show completion within twenty-four (24) months of the issuance of the funding decision (Letters of Conditional Approval). Applicants of successful projects will have six (6) months after the date of the Letter of Conditional Approval (LOCA) to sign a contribution agreement (see Section 1.8 in the Applicant’s Guide for information on timelines for Letters of Conditional Approval).

The project proposal from the Delivery Organization must seek funding to support a minimum of 20 EV chargers. Should the chargers have multiple connectors where each connector can charge a vehicle and support a dedicated parking space simultaneously, each connector can be counted as a charger.

Québec Infrastructure Projects

The Act Respecting the Ministère du Conseil Exécutif (M-30) may apply to an Applicant in the Province of Quebec. Applicants may be required to complete an additional information form and, if they are subject to the requirements of the Act, to obtain written authorization and approval from the Government of Quebec prior to execution of any Contribution Agreement. The Program will follow-up with the Applicant during the application assessment, as required.

Electric Vehicle Fastcharger Projects Located in British Columbia

In previous ZEVIP RFPs, projects located in British Columbia to install electric vehicle chargers of 20 kW power output and above would also be eligible for additional non-repayable provincial funding. For this RFP on third-party delivery, successful applicants will only receive funding from NRCan and will not be entitled to an automatic provincial contribution from B.C. If a proposed project for a fast charger is located in B.C, the applicant can contact the BC Clean Energy Vehicle Public Fast Charging Program directly.

Eligible expenditures:

IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • Successful Applicants will be notified through a Letter of Conditional Approval and will be invited to begin negotiating a contribution agreement.
  • Natural Resources Canada can only reimburse eligible expenditures during the eligible expenditures period. This period starts when Canada signs the contribution agreement.
  • The expenditures incurred between the receipt 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 cannot count towards total project costs or be reimbursed by Natural Resources Canada. 

For Delivery Organizations:

Delivery Organizations may incur up to a maximum of 15% of the contribution from NRCan to manage the delivery of the component of the ZEVIP funding. This funding is additional to the maximum funding by eligible technology distributed to Ultimate Recipients. In no circumstance can NRCan’s contribution exceed 50% of the total project cost.

For example, a Delivery Organization can apply for 40 Level 2 EV chargers (maximum of $5,000 per charger), which would amount to a maximum of $200,000  available for Ultimate Recipients and receive up to $30,000 for the management of the projects, therefore the ZEVIP funding ask would be $230,000. Note that although the intent of the RFP is to seek applications from Delivery Organizations to distribute a component of the ZEVIP funding to Ultimate Recipients, a portion of the funding can be used for the installation of up to a maximum of 20 EV chargers for their own project.

Eligible Expenditures for an approved project from a Delivery Organization must be directly related to the distribution and administration of the component of the ZEVIP funding and may include the following:

  • Salary and benefits;
  • Professional services (e.g. marketing; data collection; logistics; printing; distribution);
  • Reasonable travel costs, including transportation, meals and accommodation;
  • Capital expenses, including informatics and other equipment or infrastructure;
  • Rental fees or leasing costs;
  • License fees and permits;
  • Costs associated with Environmental Assessments;
  • GST, PST and HST net of any tax rebate to which the recipient is entitled; and
  • Overhead expenses directly related to the project, included in the 15% maximum of NRCan funding, will be considered to a maximum of 15% of Eligible Expenditures.

For Ultimate Recipients:

  • Salary and benefits;
  • Professional services (e.g. scientific, technical, management; contracting; engineering; construction; installation, testing and commissioning of equipment; training; marketing; data collection; logistics; maintenance; printing; distribution);
  • Capital expenses, including informatics and other equipment or infrastructure;
  • Rental fees or leasing costs;
  • License fees and permits;
  • Costs associated with Environmental Assessments; and
  • GST, PST and HST net of any tax rebate to which the recipient is entitled.

Ineligible Expenditures:

Costs not considered Eligible Expenditures under this Program for both Delivery Organizations and Ultimate Recipients will include:

  • In-kind;
  • Land costs;
  • Legal costs;
  • Ongoing operating costs and;
  • Costs incurred outside the Eligible Expenditure Period.
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