To reach climate targets, the Canadian government is committed to making it easier for Canadians to purchase, charge and drive electric vehicles (EVs) in Ontario and across the country. To this end, Ottawa recently announced a significant investment in EV infrastructure in the Peel region of Ontario.
“The Government of Canada is actively supporting the deployment of clean and affordable electric vehicle infrastructure,” said Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport and Member of Parliament for Mississauga Centre. “That’s why I am pleased to see our government’s investment of $525,000 to install 69 EV chargers in Peel Region, including in Mississauga. This investment will support Canadians in making the switch to an electric vehicle while fighting climate change and improving our local air quality.”
This is another investment through Natural Resources Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP). All chargers will be installed by March 2024. The Region of Peel, the City of Mississauga, Credit Valley Conservation and the Town of Caledon have also contributed to the project, for a total project cost of more than $1.6 million.
The press release states that “these investments are supporting the establishment of a coast-to-coast network of chargers in local areas where Canadians live, work and play, while federal rebates of up to $5,000 are helping more Canadians make the switch to an EV.”
“The Region of Peel understands the importance of adopting electric vehicles in our community,” said Alghabra. “Driving ZEVs is one of the most impactful choices Peel residents and businesses can make to help reduce their carbon footprint and address the climate emergency. The Region looks forward to continuing our work as part of the Peel Climate Change Partnership and accelerating ZEV uptake across the community.”