Ottawa invests $250K in more EV chargers for Ontario

An investment of $250,000 from the federal government will go towards the installation of 50 Level 2 EV chargers in the region of St. Catherines, Markham and Barrie this spring. The funding comes through Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program, and goes to fund Alectra Energy Services, which is also contributing more than $710,000.

“Having declared a climate emergency in 2019, the City of St. Catharines is committed to protecting the environment and taking action to mitigate climate change,” says Walter Sendzik, St. Catherines’ Member of Parliament. “So we are proud to partner with Alectra Energy Services and Natural Resources Canada to build this vital infrastructure. These investments, and the increase of electric vehicles in our community, will help us become a national leader in sustainable transportation.”

Reducing pollution from the transportation sector is critical to Canada achieving its climate targets, says the government statement about the funding. “That’s why the Government of Canada is making it easier for Canadians to purchase, charge and drive EVs in Ontario and across the country.”

These investments are being heralded as another step in reaching Canada’s target of ensuring all new passenger vehicles sold in Canada are zero-emission by 2035. Since 2015, Canada has invested $1 billion to make EVs more affordable and chargers more accessible for Canadians. These investments are supporting the establishment of a coast-to-coast network of chargers.

Jonathan Wilkinson explains, “Investing in more EV chargers, like the ones announced today in St. Catharines, Ontario, will put more Canadians in the driver’s seat on the road to a net-zero future and help achieve our climate goals.”

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