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29 Jan 2023

Government Launches New Intake Model for Zero-Emission Vehicles Infrastructure Funding

29 Jan 2023  by   

Reducing pollution from the transportation sector is critical to Canada achieving its climate targets while creating good jobs and making life more affordable for Canadians. That's why the Government of Canada is making it more affordable for Canadians to purchase, charge and drive electric vehicles across the country.

On January 26, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, announced that the Government of Canada is now accepting applications from not-for-profit organizations, public institutions and governments to locally deliver federal funding from the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP). Applications will be accepted throughout 2023 and 2024. This is yet another step the government is taking to make electric vehicle (EV) charging more accessible for Canadians and to help install over 84,500 chargers where Canadians live, work and play.

This open application process is seeking eligible not-for-profit organizations, public institutions and governments to redistribute up to a maximum of $5 million of ZEVIP funding for local EV infrastructure including EV chargers. These organizations will redistribute a maximum of $100,000 per project to local partners for the installation of EV chargers in public places, on street, in multi-unit residential buildings, at workplaces, or for on-road vehicle fleets.

To more easily access information, the newly launched zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure funding landing page is helping Canadian businesses and organizations find and access the funding opportunities best suited to their ZEV infrastructure projects. This tool was developed by Natural Resources Canada in collaboration with Infrastructure Canada and the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

Last week, Prime Minister Trudeau highlighted Canadian leadership throughout the ZEV supply chain, from developing batteries and vehicles to deploying charging infrastructure. Since 2016, the Government of Canada has invested over $1 billion to make ZEVs more affordable and chargers more accessible for Canadians. The federal government has approved funding to support the installation of over 34,500 ZEV chargers to date.

Budget 2022 delivered an additional $400 million to NRCan and $500 million in financing through the Canada Infrastructure Bank, which together are supporting the deployment of an additional 50,000 EV chargers by 2027. Budget 2022 also announced $1.7 billion to extend the zero-emission vehicle purchase incentive program until March 2025 and the expansion of the types of vehicle models eligible under the program, which would include more vans, trucks and SUVs.

And just like investments in everything from clean technology to nature protection, today's call for applications is part of achieving Canada's ambitious climate change goals to build a cleaner, healthier and more affordable future for all Canadians.


"We're making electric vehicles more affordable and charging more accessible where Canadians live, work and play. Investing in more EV chargers will put more Canadians in the driver's seat on the road to a net-zero future and help achieve our climate goals. I am pleased to announce a new call for proposals to deliver more zero-emissions vehicle infrastructure across Canada."

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson

Minister of Natural Resources

Quick facts

Transportation accounts for about 25 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions in Canada.

The federal government has already approved funding to install over 34,500 ZEV chargers from coast to coast, thanks to the funds invested to date by the ZEVIP and the Electric Vehicle Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Deployment Initiative.

Budget 2022 provided NRCan's ZEVIP with an additional $400 million, and Canada's Infrastructure Bank will invest $500 million to support the deployment of an additional 50,000 electric vehicle chargers by 2027.

Canada currently has nearly 20,000 publicly available charging stations at 8,249 charging sites across the country.

To date, over 150,000 Canadians and Canadian businesses have taken advantage of the federal incentive to purchase a zero-emission vehicle.


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