Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative - Eligibility

NOTICE

The first Request for Proposal under Phase 2 of the Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative is now closed. No further applications will be accepted. Applicants of successful projects will be notified by email by Spring 2018.

If you wish to receive more information or if you would like to be included in our mailing list to learn about the next RFP, please contact us at nrcan.taf-tcr.rncan@canada.ca.

2. Eligibility

Eligible Recipients:

Individuals and 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
  • 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
  • Academic institutions

Eligible Projects:

Projects must:

  • be a permanent installations serving on-road vehicles and be located in Canada;
  • be new or increasing current capacity;
  • be an eligible technology (see Eligible technologies below);
  • be open to the public at all times for EV fast chargers and as appropriate for natural gas and hydrogen refuelling stations;
  • allow for networking (for EV fast chargers only);
  • offer at least one payment option free of any network membership requirement; and
  • be completed eighteen (18) months after the receipt of the Letter of conditional approval for EV fast chargers and two (2) years after the receipt of the Letter of conditional approval for natural gas and hydrogen refuelling stations.

At the proposal stage, the Applicants must:

  • demonstrate at least 50% of secured funding of their share of the project costs;
  • demonstrate that they engaged with the energy supplier where the project will be built (not applicable for hydrogen infrastructure); and
  • own the land, have access to the land for a period of ten (10) years or demonstrate that they have the capacity to obtain the access to the site where the project will be built.

Retrofitting or replacing existing infrastructure that does not increase the capacity will not be considered for funding under this Program.

Eligible technologies:

The technology must be rated for outdoor operation by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, including CSA, ULC or other and bear certification marks approved by the relevant authority having jurisdiction where the project is located.

  • Electric Vehicle Fast Chargers: Projects must be Direct Current Fast Charge (Level 3) and use at least four-hundred and eighty (480) volt, three (3) phase power input with at least one (1) charge connector that is CHAdeMO compliant and one (1) charge connector that is SAE J1772 Combo compliant.
  • Natural Gas Fuelling Stations: Projects must be capable of dispensing compressed natural gas at 3600 psi and/or liquid natural gas.
  • Hydrogen Fuelling Stations: Project must be capable of dispensing hydrogen at least at 700 bar minimum.

British Columbia Infrastructure Projects

EV fast charger projects located in British Columbia and selected for funding under NRCan’s Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative are automatically eligible for non-repayable provincial funding.

The BC Clean Energy Vehicle Public Fast Charging Program is funding 25% of the total project costs up to a maximum of $25,000 per EV fast chargers. Your proposal must reflect all governments’ contributions.

All governments funding (federal, provincial/territorial and/or municipal) cannot exceed 75% of the total project costs, except in the case where the Proponent is a provincial, territorial, regional, or municipal government or their department or agency in which case the stacking limit is 100% of total project costs.

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.

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 are not eligible for reimbursement by Natural Resources Canada, however they may count towards the total project costs. 

Eligible expenditures are:

  • Salary and benefits;
  • Professional services;
  • Reasonable travel costs;
  • Capital expenses;
  • Rental fees or leasing costs;
  • License and permits fees;
  • Costs associated with environmental assessments;
  • GST, PST and HST; and
  • Overhead directly related to the Project.

Non-Eligible Expenditures:

  • In-kind;
  • Land costs;
  • Legal costs; and
  • Costs incurred outside the Eligible Expenditure Period, including those for preparing this application.