Transportation still accounts for 25 per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. The Government of Canada is providing an investment of $3.9 million for Green Economy Canada to help support the installation of up to 350 electric vehicle (EV) chargers across Alberta, New Brunswick and Ontario.

This investment, which will make EV charging more accessible, will be funded through the Natural Resources Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP).

Green Economy Canada will select recipients through a transparent process, based on demand. All EV chargers will be installed in public places, multi-unit residential buildings, on streets, at workplaces or in facilities for servicing light-duty vehicle fleets by March 2024.

“It’s time to walk the talk on lowering emissions in the transportation sector. That’s why the federal government is helping expand EV infrastructure across the country, like these chargers across Alberta, New Brunswick and Ontario, and supporting Canadians who want to make the switch to an EV,” said Julie Dabrusin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

Julie Dabrusin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Since 2015, the federal government has invested a historic $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 fast chargers, installing chargers in local areas where Canadians live, work and play, and providing rebates of up to $5,000 to help more Canadians buy EVs.

These investments are yet another step in reaching Canada’s target of ensuring all new passenger vehicles sold in Canada are zero-emission by 2035. And just like investments in everything from clean technology to nature protection, today’s announcement is part of Canada’s ambitious climate change goals that build a cleaner, healthier and affordable future for all Canadians.

“We’re thrilled to have received this investment from NRCan to help accelerate the adoption of EVs by making EV charging more accessible across the country,” said Priyanka Lloyd
executive director of Green Economy Canada. Reducing transportation-related emissions is one of the best ways organizations can tackle climate change while saving money, engaging their employees and strengthening their reputation as good corporate citizens.”

To date, over 125,000 Canadians and Canadian businesses have taken advantage of the federal incentive to purchase a zero-emission vehicle.

For further information, visit: Zero-emission vehicles: Incentives

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