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Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program - News and FAQ


The Request for Proposals (RFP) focusing on public places, on-street, multi-unit residential buildings, workplaces and light-duty vehicle fleets is now open until June 22, 2021 (23:59 Eastern Daylight Time). NRCan will target having funding decisions by October 2021.

**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 refuelling projects.

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.

Announcements - News Releases

November 2020

New Electric Vehicle Chargers Coming to York Region

October 2020

New Electric Vehicle Chargers Coming to the University of Guelph

September 2020

New Electric Vehicle Chargers Now Available in Whistler

New Electric Vehicle Chargers Coming to Peel Region

August 2020

Canada Invests in British Columbia’s Electric Vehicle Network

New Electric Vehicle Chargers Coming to Oakville

July 2020

Canada Invests in Newfoundland and Labrador’s Electric Vehicle Network

June 2020

New Electric Vehicle Connectors Coming to Guelph


  1. What is the level of funding for this program?
  2. The program will fund up to 50% of Total Project Costs. Maximum amounts will be based on the type of technology and will be defined in each request for proposal. In no circumstance can NRCan’s contribution exceed fifty percent (50%) of the total project cost.

  3. Is zero emission vehicle infrastructure for off-road vehicles eligible under the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program?
  4. ZEVIP will seek applications to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure projects in public places, on-street, in multi-unit residential buildings, at workplaces or for light-duty vehicle fleets. The RFP is open for applicants until June 22, 2021. Eligible projects under this RFP are limited to on-road zero emission vehicle infrastructure. The Program plans to launch requests for proposals in the future that will solicit strategic infrastructure project proposals for urban delivery, and other fleet applications.

  5. Are advance payments allowed under ZEVIP?
  6. NRCan does not have the authority to issue advance payments. Proponents will be required to submit quarterly payment claims and progress reports to NRCan summarizing project progress and expenses incurred in order to be reimbursed for eligible expenditures. Eligible expenditures need to be submitted in accordance to the contribution agreement and during the eligible expenditure period.

  7. Can ZEVIP funding be stacked with other financial incentives?
  8. It is possible for other source of funding, for example, a provincial incentive, to contribute to project costs. Note that NRCan’s contribution to the project is limited to the reimbursement of 50% of the total project cost to a maximum per technology as stated in the Applicant’s Guide (section 1.4). Total funding from all levels of government (e.g. federal, provincial/territorial or municipal) cannot exceed 75% of the total project costs, unless the proponent is a provincial, territorial or municipal government or their departments or agencies in which case the stacking limit is 100% of total project costs.

  9. Are there any requirement on usage fees for the EV chargers?
  10. There are no requirements for the business model used by recipients for the usage of the EV charging equipment.

  11. Can projects be started before the signature of the contribution agreement?
  12. No, the contribution agreement between the recipient and NRCan must be in place in order for the project to start. Expenditures incurred prior to the signature of the contribution agreement cannot be reimbursed and will be considered ineligible expenditures towards the total project cost.

  13. Will there be other request for proposals in the future?
  14. The program expects to launch multiple RFPs each year (until 2023) focusing on one or several infrastructure streams at a time. The RFP Calendar is available here.

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