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Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program – After you apply

NOTICE

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 nrcan.taf-tcr.rncan@canada.ca, as an amendment to existing agreement will be required.

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 rated and ranked against merit criteria. NRCan will then issue final funding decisions based on this rating and regional distribution. 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 and cannot count towards total project costs or be reimbursed 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 March 24, 2021
Submission deadline June 22, 2021 (23:59 Eastern Daylight Time)
Assessment of proposals July – September 2021
Funding decisions, letters of conditional approval (LOCA) and letters of regret October 2021
Initiate negotiation and signature of Contribution Agreements (CA) CAs must be signed by April 2022
Project completion date Assuming the signing of the contribution agreement (CA) must be done by April 2022, the project timeline must show completion within 30 months for charging infrastructure and 36 months for hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. Applicants of successful projects will have six (6) months after the date of the Letter of Conditional Approval (LOCA) 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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