The Government of Canada is steadfast in its belief that electrification is key to decarbonizing our transportation sector and transitioning to a low-carbon future. That is why, the Government of Canada has set ambitious federal targets for zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) reaching 10% of light-duty vehicles (LDV) sales per year by 2025, 30% by 2030 and 100% by 2040.
According to experts, access to localized and visible charging infrastructure is key to alleviate consumer concerns about where to charge their vehicle. To that end, the Government of Canada announced, through Budget 2019, $130 million over five years (2019-2024) to deploy a network of zero-emission vehicle charging (level 2 and higher) and refuelling stations in more localized areas where Canadians live, work and play. Support is also available for strategic projects for EV and/or hydrogen infrastructure for corporate fleets, delivery fleets, and mass transit.
This funding will be delivered through cost-sharing contribution agreements for eligible projects that will help meet the growing charging and refuelling demand.
Natural Resources Canada will encourage partnerships with diverse organizations to ensure the deployment of this infrastructure on a larger scale. The program will require a minimum project size based on the number of charging units, locations or minimum funding request. The program is not intended to provide financial assistance to individuals for one-off installations.
The program targets multiple infrastructure streams as described below:
Multi-Unit Residential Buildings
The program will support electric vehicle charging infrastructure deployment in multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs). For the purpose of the program, MURBs are defined as buildings that contain multiple dwellings within the same building.
The program will support electric vehicle charging installations where MURB residents can share access to the charging units. Projects where charging units are for the exclusive use of a dwelling unit owner, occupant or tenant are ineligible.
The program will support electric vehicle charging infrastructure deployment at workplaces. Workplaces are defined as a location where several employees perform job duties. For the purpose of the program, the charging infrastructure will be installed in parking locations primarily used by the employees.
The program will support electric vehicle charging infrastructure deployment in parking areas for public use. Parking areas can be privately or publicly owned/ and operated.
Examples of publicly-owned premises includes, but is not limited to, parks, rest stops, libraries, public health care facilities, and other public facilities.
Example of privately-owned premises includes, but not limited to, commercial buildings, places of worship, hotels, retail stores, malls, restaurants, private health care facilities and other commercial establishments.
The program will support municipalities, and regional and provincial governments, or their partners, for electric vehicle charging infrastructure for on-street parking.
The program will support zero-emission vehicle infrastructure for dedicated corporate fleets.
For the purpose of the program, fleet vehicles are viewed as owned or leased by an organization and used in support of organizational or business operations and activities. Fleets are composed of multiple vehicles and are managed by common ownership.
The program will support the deployment of zero-emission vehicle infrastructure for dedicated freight delivery fleets. This category would include fleets that offer last-mile shipping and other type of package, cargo and freight delivery services.
The program will support zero-emission infrastructure for public transit e.g. inner-city buses.
Request for Expressions of Interest
We invite you to communicate your interest in this new program by completing the Form. This information will help the program to assess the level of interest, type of projects and project readiness. Please note that this is not a Request For Proposals, but only an inquiry to gauge the interest in the program.
The submission of an Expression of Interest creates no obligation from Natural Resources Canada or any other party to provide funding for the proposed project(s).
The program expects to launch multiple request for proposals each year focusing on one or several infrastructure streams at a time. The first Request For Proposals focusing on “Public Places” is expected to launch later in Spring 2019. Details on subsequent Requests For Proposals will be made available at that time. Participants in this Request for Expressions of Interest will be notified when the Request For Proposals is launched.
For more information on the Request for Expressions of Interest, we invite you to consult the FAQ page, as NRCan will provide updates on a regular basis.