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Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program – Eligibility

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.

The following eligibility requirements apply to the RFP for all streams (public places, on-street, multi-unit residential buildings, workplaces and 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; or
  • 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; or
  • Academic institutions.

*With your application, please provide a copy of the articles of incorporation or registration to confirm that your organization is validly incorporated or registered (this is not required for provincial, territorial, regional or municipal governments).

Eligible Projects and Technologies:

In order to be considered for funding, the Project must meet the following requirements:

  • Increase localized charging or hydrogen refuelling opportunities in public places, on-street, in multi-unit residential buildings, at workplaces or for light-duty vehicle fleets, as defined in Section 1.1 of the Applicant’s Guide;
  • For EV charger projects, your proposal must include:
    • A) a minimum of two (2) fast chargers of 50 kW and above; OR
    • B) if installing less than two (2) 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 20 chargers if each connector can charge a vehicle at the same time.

  • Be an eligible technology as described in Section 1.1 of the Applicant’s Guide;
    • 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)
    • For hydrogen refuelling projects, the station must be capable of dispensing hydrogen at 700 bar minimum.
  • 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 connected as defined in Section 1.1.1 of the Applicant’s Guide;
  • The work performed must be in compliance with all applicable local codes (for example, building and electrical) and bylaws (for example, zoning and parking);
  • Be certified for use in Canada (e.g CSA, UL, Interlink) and be commercially available.
  • Charging infrastructure targeting general public use must be installed in a parking space clearly identified for the purpose of charging electric vehicles; and
  • The project timeline must show completion within thirty (30) months for charging infrastructure and within thirty-six (36)* months for hydrogen refuelling infrastructure from the date of the contribution agreement signature. The distribution of Letters of Conditional Approval (LOCA) are expected in October 2021 and applicants of successful projects will have six (6) months after the LOCA to sign a contribution agreement. (see Section 1.9 in the Applicant’s Guide for information on timelines for Letters of Conditional Approval).

*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 twelve (12) months to complete projects.

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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) and 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 Section 1.4.1 in the Applicant’s Guide for further information.

Eligible expenditures:

IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • 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 count towards total project costs or 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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