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Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program – Eligibility


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.

The following eligibility requirements apply to the RFP for multi-unit residential buildings, workplaces or for light duty vehicle fleets. Please note that other infrastructure streams may have different requirements.

Eligible 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
  • 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 or hydrogen refuelling opportunities in MURBs, workplaces or for light-duty vehicle fleets in accordance to the definitions found in Section 1.1 of the Applicant’s Guide;
  • Include a minimum of 20 EV chargers. For Level 2 chargers, each connector can count as a unit towards the minimum of 20 chargers if each connector can charge a vehicle at the same time.
    • Other proprietary connector types may represent a maximum of 75% of all charging connectors installed at the same project site. The remaining balance (25% or more) must be universal charging connectors (J1772, J1772 Combo, and CHAdeMO) of the same category (i.e. Level 2 or fast-charger );
  • For hydrogen refuelling infrastructure projects, the station must be capable of dispensing hydrogen at 700 bar minimum.
  • The work performed must be in compliance with all applicable local codes (for example, building and electrical) and bylaws (for example, zoning and parking);
  • Assuming funding decisions (letters of conditional approval) will be released in August 2020, the project timeline must show completion within 24 monthsFootnote * for charging infrastructure and within 30 monthsFootnote * for hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. Applicants of successful projects will have six (6) months after the date of the letter of conditional approval to sign a contribution agreement.

At the proposal stage, the Applicants must:

  • demonstrate at least 50% of secured funding (firm) of their share of the total project costs;
  • for EV charger projects that increase the electrical load by more than 50kW , demonstrate that the utility has been engaged and is aware of your project.
  • demonstrate that they own the lands, have access to the lands or have the capacity to obtain access to the site where the project will be built as well as the authority to build infrastructure for the intended use.

Eligible technologies:

In order to be considered for funding, the projects 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;
  • For electric vehicle charging infrastructure projects, include a minimum of 20 of the following charging connector types:
    • 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 connected as defined in Section 1.1.1 of the Applicant’s Guide;
  • For hydrogen refuelling projects, the station must be capable of dispensing hydrogen at 700 bar minimum.

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-chargers from 20 kW to < 50 kW and to a maximum of $25,000 per eligible fast-chargers 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 Section 5.3: Budget Overview tab of the Application Form (document 2 of 2) Proposals must reflect all government contributions.

Electric vehicle charging infrastructure eligible for B.C. funding
Charger type Primary use B.C. Funding amount (25%), or
Fast chargers >50 kW National Highway System, on-street and public places Up to $25,000
Multi-unit residential buildings, workplace and fleets Not eligible for B.C. funding
Fast chargers 20 to 50 kW National Highway System, on-street and public places Up to $5,000
Level 2 Multi-unit residential buildings, workplace
Proprietary Chargers (L3 / L2) All Not eligible for B.C. funding

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 cost. 

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.

Ineligible Expenditures:

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