The Government of Canada is making it easier for Canadians to drive electric — transforming the way Canadians get to where they need to go.
Today, as part of #EVWeekinCanada, Ron McKinnon, Member of Parliament for Coquitlam–Port Coquitlam, on behalf of the Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, announced a combined investment of $830,000 to support communities across British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario with the electrification of Canada’s light-duty vehicles, putting Canadians in the driver’s seat on the road to a net-zero future.
These contributions will help install 166 electric vehicle (EV) chargers to support Canada’s net-zero future.
- The City of Coquitlam received $105,000 to install 21 EV chargers in Coquitlam. The City of Coquitlam is also contributing $150,000 toward this initiative, bringing the total project cost to $255,000.
- The BC Hydro and Power Authority received $325,000 to install 65 EV chargers across B.C. The total project cost is over $850,000.
- First Capital Asset Management LP (First Capital) received $400,000 to install 80 EV chargers in B.C. (eight chargers), Alberta (seven chargers) and Ontario (65 chargers). First Capital is also contributing $570,000 toward this initiative, bringing the total project cost to $970,000.
Funded through Natural Resources Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program, all chargers will be available for public use by December 2021.
Since 2015, Canada has made a historic investment of over $1 billion so far to make EVs more affordable and charging infrastructure more locally accessible. These investments are building a coast-to-coast network of fast chargers and installing chargers in local areas where Canadians live, work and play. The government also provides incentives of up to $5,000 to help Canadians buy EVs and full tax write-offs for businesses purchasing them.
These investments support Canada’s new mandatory target of 100-percent zero-emission light-duty vehicle sales by 2035. Driving down transportation emissions is critical to achieving Canada’s ambitious climate change targets and requires a combination of investments and regulations to support Canadians and industry in this transition.
The government supports green infrastructure projects that create good, middle-class jobs and get us to net-zero emissions by 2050.
Seamus O’Regan Jr. Minister of Natural Resources id ,“We’re giving Canadians the greener options they want to get to where they need to go. We’re building a coast-to-coast network of electric vehicle charging stations from St. John’s to Victoria, and now we’re building more right here in British Columbia, as well as at sites in Ontario and Alberta. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”