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


The 2020 Request for Proposals of the Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative is now closed.

**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 and natural gas refuelling projects.

As the financial authority of the EVAFIDI program ends on March 31, 2022, a project's completion date may be extended, but eligible expenditures for reimbursement must be incurred before March 31, 2022.

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, as an amendment to existing agreement will be required.

3. Before you apply

Get your Application Package!

By completing the Application Package Request Form, you will automatically receive the Applicant's Guide, the Application Form (Word and Execl documents) and the template letters.

Make sure that you can demonstrate that your project meets all the mandatory requirements of the Program.

Mandatory Criteria: Applicants must address all of the criteria below in their project proposals, providing supporting information and/or documentation for all assertions. The description of the individual criteria below are available in the Applicant's Guide.

  1. The project must be a permanent installation serving on-road, licensed vehicles and be located in Canada.
  2. The project must be for a new installation or must increase the current capacity of an existing installation (not for the replacement of an existing installation).
  3. The project must be an eligible infrastructure (refer to section 1.4, Table 1 of the Applicant's Guide)
  4. The project must be open to the public:
    • For EV chargers – at all time/year round.
    • For natural gas and hydrogen refuelling stations – as appropriate.
  5. The infrastructure must allow for networking (for EV chargers only).
  6. The infrastructure must provide at least one (1) payment option that is free of any network membership.
  7. The project must be completed within twenty-four (24) months for charging infrastructure and thirty (30) months for refuelling infrastructure. These timelines have been extended to adjust to the current situation relating to COVID-19. The Program is aiming to release funding decisions in October 2020.
  8. The Applicant must secure at least 50% of their share of the total project cost at the proposal phase.
  9. The Applicant must demonstrate that they engaged with the energy supplier where the project will be built.
  10. The Applicant must own the land, have access to the land for a period of at least ten (10) years or demonstrate that they have the capacity to obtain access to the land for at least ten (10) years where the infrastructure will be built. If you are still negotiating the access to site, provide details and an estimated date when an agreement will be finalized.

Earn merit points by meeting the Evaluation Criteria

  • Project readiness including a legally binding agreement to access the site for ten (10) years, confirmation of fleets that will be using the station and associated availability of natural gas, hydrogen or electricity on the site.
  • The EV infrastructure is interoperable and communicates as well as operates using an open source protocol.
  • Possibility of future expansion.
  • Quality of operation and maintenance plan.
  • Capacity to deliver the project including managerial experience and project partners.
  • Optimal distance between stations (65 km for EV fast chargers and 300 km for natural gas refuelling stations).
  • Signage program for increased visibility of the station(s).
  • Proximity to Canada’s National Highway System and key freight transportation corridors.
  • Proximity to a provincial/territorial or Canada/U.S. border.
  • Co-location with existing infrastructure of a different fuel type.
  • Secured funding that is greater than 50% of your share of the total project costs.
  • Higher level of private funding over public funding for the project.
  • Economic and other impacts of the project.
  • Indigenous Business Participation

Make sure you:

  • Complete your proposal using the Program’s Application Package;
  • Include supporting documents for all assertions;
  • Verify your proposal against the Supporting Documentation Checklist;
  • Sign the Applicant's Attestation; and
  • Submit your proposal (4. How to apply)
    It is highly recommended to submit the complete application well in advance of the submission deadline (by 23:59 Eastern Time, July 23, 2020).

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