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Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program – Eligibility


The Request for Proposals (RFP) focusing on public places, on-street, multi-unit residential buildings, workplaces and vehicle fleets closed on August 11, 2022. NRCan will target having funding decisions by late 2022.

Please note that each RFP may have different requirements so applicants are encouraged to download the appropriate Applicant’s Package to receive the relevant documents.

Eligible Recipients:

Direct Recipients Delivery Organizations

Legal entities validly incorporated or registered in Canada or abroad including not-for-profit and for-profit organizations such as:

  • Electric utilities
  • Companies
  • Industry associations
  • Indigenous businesses and community groups
  • Academic institutions
  • Provincial, territorial, regional or municipal governments or their departments or agencies where applicable

For greater clarity, individuals or any part of the federal public administration, including federal departments, crown corporations and federal agencies are not eligible recipients under this Program.

  • Provincial, territorial, regional or municipal governments, their institutions, agencies and Crown corporations (including public utilities).
  • Not-for-profit organizations validly incorporated or registered in Canada.

For EV charging infrastructure projects, your proposal must include:

  1. A minimum of two (2) fast chargers of 50 kW and above; OR
  2. If installing less than two fast chargers of 50 kW and above, a minimum of twenty (20) chargers of all charging levels.

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.

Fast chargers with multiple connectors, and capable of charging multiple vehicles simultaneously and independently at a given output level may be eligible to receive additional funding. The funding amount of multi-connector chargers will be based on the maximum simultaneous output level of operating connectors. The following are two examples:

Example 1:
A fast charger with a combined output of at least 100 kW when a single vehicle is connected, and capable of simultaneously charging two vehicles to at least 50 kW each, could qualify for 2 X $50,000.

Example 2:
A fast charger with a combined output of at least 200 kW when a single vehicle is connected, and capable of simultaneously charging two vehicles to at least 100 kW each, could qualify for 2 X $75,000.

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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) or CHAdeMO connectors available for public use or for on street charging, and selected for funding under NRCan’s Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program could also be eligible for additional non-repayable provincial funding. Refer to the Applicant’s Guide for further information.

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 cannot be reimbursed by Natural Resources Canada.

Eligible expenditures for an approved Project under the Program must be directly related to, and necessary for, the implementation and conduct of the Project and include:

  • Salary and benefits;
  • Professional services (e.g. marketing; data collection; logistics; printing; distribution);
  • Reasonable travel costs, including transportation, meals and accommodation;
  • Capital expenses, including informatics and other equipment or infrastructure;
  • Rental fees or leasing costs;
  • License fees and permits;
  • Costs associated with Environmental Assessments;
  • GST, PST and HST net of any tax rebate to which the recipient is entitled; and
  • Overhead expenses directly related to the project, included in the 15% maximum of NRCan funding, will be considered to a maximum of 15% of Eligible Expenditures.

Ineligible Expenditures:

Ineligible expenditures for reimbursement under this Program include:

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