Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program – Eligibility


The first Request for Proposals (RFP) focused on Public Places and On-Street and is now closed. All applicants will be informed of NRCan’s funding decisions by November 2019.

The following eligibility requirements apply to the RFP for Public Places and On-Street Parking. Please note that other infrastructure streams may have different requirements.

Eligible Recipients:

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
  • 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, the Project must meet the following requirements:

  • Increase localized charging opportunities in Public Places and/or On-Street;
  • Include a minimum of 20 charging stations.  Should the charging stations have multiple connectors where each connector can charge a vehicle and support a dedicated parking space simultaneously, each connectors can be counted as a charging station;
  • 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 must be installed in a parking space clearly identified for the purpose of charging electric vehicles; and
  • Be completed within eighteen (18) months after the receipt of the Letter of Conditional Approval.

At the proposal stage, the Applicants must:

  • demonstrate at least 50% of secured funding of their share of the Total Project Costs;
  • demonstrate that they engaged with the energy supplier where the Project involves charging stations that increases the Project’s site electrical load by 50 kW or more, and;
  • demonstrate that they own the lands, have access to the lands or have the capacity to obtain the access to the site where the Project will be built.

Eligible technologies:

In order to be considered for funding, the electric vehicle charging station must:

  • 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 certified for use in Canada (e.g. CSA, UL, Interlink) and be commercially available;
  • Include one or more of the following charging connector types:
    • SAE J1772 standard plug head (Level 2 (208/240 V)
    • SAE J1772 Combo (for fast-charging stations)
    • CHAdeMO (for fast-charging stations)
    • Other proprietary charging connector types*
  • Be connected as defined in Section 1.1.1 of the Applicant’s Guide;
  • To be eligible for the funding amount, each connector must be able to charge a vehicle and support a dedicated parking space simultaneously.

* In order to be considered for funding, other proprietary charging connector types must include at least one universal charging connector (J1772, J1772 Combo, and CHAdeMO) of the same category (i.e. Level 2 or a fast-charging station) at the same Project site.

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 Fast-charger Projects located in British Columbia

Projects in British Columbia (BC) that include electric vehicle fast-chargers of 20 kW and above with SAE J1772 Combo (CCS) and CHAdeMO connectors and selected for funding under NRCan’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program could also be eligible for additional non-repayable provincial funding.

The BC Clean Energy Vehicle Public Fast-Charging Program could fund 25% of the Total Project Costs up to a maximum of $5,000 per eligible fast-charging stations from 20 kW to < 50 kW and to a maximum of $25,000 per eligible fast-charging stations from 50 kW and above. Funding is merit-based and limited to the funding envelope made available by the Province. For fast-chargers in BC, if you would like to be considered for a provincial contribution, please include the provincial funding in the Section 4.8 table of the Application Form. Proposals must reflect all government contributions.

Eligible expenditures:


  • 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 are not eligible for reimbursement by Natural Resources Canada, however they may count towards the Total Project Costs. 

Eligible expenditures are:

  • Salary and benefits;
  • Professional services;
  • Reasonable travel costs;
  • Capital expenses;
  • Rental fees or leasing costs;
  • License and permits fees;
  • Costs associated with environmental assessments;
  • GST, PST and HST; and
  • Overhead directly related to the Project.

Non-Eligible Expenditures:

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