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Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program – After you apply

NOTICE

The Request for Proposals (RFP) that targets projects in multi-unit residential buildings, workplaces and for light-duty vehicle fleets only is now closed. NRCan will target having funding decisions by August 2020.

When an application has been submitted, a notification will be sent by the program acknowledging its receipt. This may take up to five business days.

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. 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 expenditures period; 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.

Application Schedule

Initiate request for proposal February 12, 2020
Submission deadline June 11, 2020 (23:59 Eastern Time)
Assessment of proposals June 2020 – July 2020
Selection of Projects and notification of Applicants August 2020
Initiate negotiation and signature of Contribution Agreements (CA) August 2020 – September 2020
Project completion date for EV chargers Assuming funding decisions (letters of conditional approval) will be released in August 2020, the project timeline must show completion within 24 monthsFootnote *. Applicants will have six (6) months after receiving conditional project approval to sign their contribution agreement.
Project completion date for hydrogen refuelling stations

Assuming funding decisions (letters of conditional approval) will be released in August 2020, the project timeline must show completion within 30 monthsFootnote *. Applicants will have six (6) months after receiving conditional project approval to sign their contribution agreement.

The above schedule is subject to change. Any changes will be communicated to Applicants via the Program’s website.

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