As part of an ongoing effort to make it easier for Canadians to purchase, charge and drive electric vehicles (EVs) across the country, on Monday, Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, kicked off “#EVWeek in Canada”, which will include zero-emission charging and alternative fuels refuelling infrastructure announcements by federal colleagues from coast to coast.
“Happy EV Week, Canada,” said Wilkinson in a press release. “Our government is making electric vehicles more affordable and charging more accessible where Canadians live, work and play. Investing in more EV chargers across the country will put more Canadians in the driver’s seat on the road to a net-zero future and help achieve our climate goals.”
Federal funding will be provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP) and Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative (EVAFIDI), which support the deployment of charging and refuelling infrastructure where it is most needed, primarily along highways and destinations that are currently underserved.
In the first announcement related to #EVWeek in Canada, the Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra, announced the new Incentives for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicles (iMHZEV) Program. Starting on July 11, this four-year, close to $550 million program, will help businesses and communities across the country make the switch to zero-emission vehicles.
The Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicles Program will provide purchase incentives worth approximately 50% of the price difference between an electric vehicle and a traditional vehicle.
“Helping Canadian businesses and communities make the switch to a zero-emission vehicle is win-win-win: it keeps our air clean, helps people save money on fuel, all while positioning Canada as a leader on building and powering these vehicles,” said Alghabra. “Today’s announcement is about making sure that Canadian businesses and leaders of our communities have the options they need to transform their fleets to zero-emission vehicles.”
On Tuesday, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Opportunities Agency, announced a $350,000 investment in NB Power to install 52 EV chargers for its fleet of electric vehicles and workplace charging for employees.
Julie Dabrusin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced a $765,000 investment in Peak Power Inc. to install 117 EV chargers across Ontario, which will be available to Ontarians by March 2023. Peak Power also contributed over $840,000, bringing the total project cost to over $1.6 million.
Terry Duguid, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced a total investment of over $2.5-million in the Manitoba Motor Dealers Association and Eco-West Canada to help support the installation of up to 400 EV chargers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. The Manitoba Motor Dealers Association selected recipients through a transparent process, based on demand. Through a similar process, Eco-West Canada is continuing to select recipients.
Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence,also announced a $2-million investment to the Government of Prince Edward Island’s Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Climate Action to help support the installation of up to 250 EV chargers across the island.
The EV chargers indicated in these announcements will be installed in public places, multi-unit residential buildings, on streets, at workplaces or at facilities for servicing light-duty vehicle fleets by the end of 2023.