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Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative - After you apply

NOTICE:

The 2020 Request for Proposals of the Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative is now closed. NRCan will target having funding decisions by October 2020.

Please note that for this RFP, priority will be given to proposals that:

  • Increase the EV fast-charging infrastructure in under-served areas along Canada’s National Highway System.
  • Increase the natural gas refuelling infrastructure that extends freight corridors or creates new freight corridors.

5. After you apply

Once an application has been submitted, an acknowledgement notice will be forwarded to the applicant. An applicant should only consider their application as submitted to the Program when they receive the acknowledgement notice.

Proposal Review, Due Diligence Process, Selection and Notification

Each project proposal will be reviewed for completeness and assessed against mandatory criteria. Project proposals that do not meet all of the mandatory criteria will not be given further consideration.

Project proposals that meet the mandatory criteria will then be assessed, rated and ranked against merit criteria by a review committee. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) will then issue funding decisions. Unsuccessful project proposals will receive letters of regret and successful project proposals will receive Letters of Conditional Approval (LOCA).

Project proposals that have been conditionally recommended for funding will undergo a due diligence assessment. This assessment will look at financial strength of a proponent as well as their ability to complete the project. NRCan may request that the applicant provide confirmation or clarification to support their project proposal. An independent firm may be contracted to support the program with this process. If in-depth financial analysis is required, NRCan will inform the proponents and provide details on next steps. The findings from the due diligence process will be considered in NRCan’s ability to enter into a contribution agreement with a proponent for the proposed project.

If a project proposal is successful and the due diligence assessment results are suitable, the proponent will then be invited to initiate the negotiation of a contribution agreement. The findings from the due diligence assessment could determine risk mitigation strategies that will be included in the contribution agreement (for example, monthly progress reports or percentage of risk holdback). Also, the monitoring strategies applied during the conduct of the project could be defined by the risk level identified. In this case the program would inform the proponent in writing.

The applicant must include all supporting documentation requested in the Applicant’s Guide and in the Application Form.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Successful Applicants will be notified through a Letter of Conditional Approval and will be invited to begin negotiating a Contribution Agreement. However, this letter does not imply eligibility for expenses incurred. 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 Expenditure Period; although they may count towards the 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.

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