EV Charger Incentive Program
Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of frequently asked questions about our EV Charger Incentive Program to help provide you with more information on how your business can get up to 50% back on the cost of installation. If there is a question you have but cannot find an answer to below please reach out to us at: email@example.com. For more information on how to apply, check out our application guide.
What is the EV Charger Incentive Program?
The EV Charger Incentive Program (EVIP) is an initiative of Green Economy Canada, funded by Natural Resources Canada. This $3.9M program helps organizations recoup 50% of the cost of installing EV Chargers up to $100,000 per Recipient. The EV Charger Incentive Program aims to address the lack of charging and refuelling stations in Canada by increasing the availability of localized charging opportunities in public places, on-street, multi-unit residential buildings, workplaces, and light-duty vehicle fleets.
What does the program fund?
The program will fund up to 50% of the total eligible project costs, up to $100,000 per application. Incentive amounts are capped at a certain amount per charger type: see section 2.6 of the Application Guide for further details.
What are the eligible project costs?
Eligible project costs must be directly related to the installation of EV chargers and will include:
- Professional services, salaries, and benefits (e.g. scientific, technical, management; contracting; engineering; construction; installation, testing and commissioning of equipment; training; marketing; data collection; logistics; maintenance; printing; distribution);
- Capital expenses, including informatics and other equipment or infrastructure;
- Rental fees or leasing costs;
- Licence fees and permits;
- Costs associated with Environmental Assessments; and
- GST, PST, and HST net of any tax rebate to which the recipient is entitled.
Am I eligible to apply for this funding?
You are eligible to access this funding if you are a legal entity, for profit or not for profit, incorporated or registered in Canada.
Federal Government entities, such as Departments, Federal Crown Corporations, and Agencies, as well as private residences, private landlords, family trusts, and private individuals, are not eligible.
Where can I install an EV charger to receive funding?
To access this EV Charger Incentive Program funding, you must install an EV Charging Station at a location that fits into one of the following categories:
Public Places: Public places are defined as parking areas intended for public use. Parking areas can be privately or publicly owned and operated. Examples of public places include, but are not limited to: service stations; retail; restaurants; arenas; libraries; medical offices; park and ride; etc.
On-Street: On-street charging is considered curbside charging infrastructure for public use and is managed by local governments.
Workplaces: A workplace is defined as a location where employees perform duties related to a job. Charging infrastructure must be primarily used by the employees during working hours. Charging infrastructure installations at a private residence, even if a business is registered at the same address, are not included in this category and are not eligible.
Light-Duty Vehicle Fleets: Fleet vehicles are owned or leased by an organization and are used in support of organizational or business operations and activities. Fleets are composed of multiple vehicles and are managed by common ownership.
Examples of light-duty vehicle fleets include a fleet of taxis, car rentals, municipal vehicles, car sharing, etc.
Multi-Unit Residential Building (MURB): MURB charging is defined as infrastructure in parking spaces where people live. For the purpose of the program, to be designated as a MURB the building must include a minimum of three (3) dwelling units.
What kind of EV chargers are eligible?
EV Charging Stations must be:
- Located in Canada
- A permanent installation (mounted or fixed models)
- New and purchased equipment (not leased)
- For a new installation or expansion of an existing installation (not for the replacement of an existing installation)
- Certified for use in Canada (e.g. CSA, UL, Interlink) and be commercially available
Note: In order to be eligible, the installed equipment must be a permanent installation, and be new equipment or an expansion of existing infrastructure. Replacement of failed equipment is not eligible.
Proprietary connector types cannot exceed 75% of all charging connectors installed at the same project site.
Are there any technical requirements for the EV chargers?
Yes, all chargers must be installed with the ability to communicate to other stations and/or to a server or the cloud through cellular/wireless signal or connected vehicle communications using software to report on usage and/or other capabilities such as providing real-time status of charging stations.
You can find more details on the technical requirements in sections 2.4 of the Application Guide.
Is there a minimum number of chargers that need to be installed in order to qualify for funding?
There is no requirement for a minimum number of chargers to qualify for this funding.
Are there any requirements on usage fees for the EV charger?
No, there are no requirements on usage fees of the EV charging equipment. But, usage fees charged by EV Charger networks are common ongoing costs, to maintain connectivity. These costs are not covered by the EV Charger Incentive Program funding.
Do I need to contact my utility company in order to install the EV charging station?
If you are installing any EV Charging Station that increases the electrical load by more than 50 kW, you will need to engage your utility, and ensure they are aware of your project.
Consult with experienced and trusted EV Charger installers and your local electrical utility service provider to confirm that your electrical service and transformer are sufficient to support an EV Charger as well as to get reliable quotes for the cost of installation due to any upgrades that may be required.
When will I be reimbursed for 50% of Project costs?
Once the EV chargers have been installed, and become operational, the Project will be deemed complete and project costs will be reimbursed within 8 months upon proof of project completion.
How long do I have to install the EV Charging Station?
Each project is different, and its size will determine the timeline for installation. At most, Projects should be completed and become operational within 8 months of signing the Sub-Agreement with Green Economy Canada.
Is the application being made to Green Economy Canada or to Natural Resources Canada?
The application is being made to Green Economy Canada, who is acting as a third-party delivery agent for Natural Resources Canada, who is funding the program. Green Economy Canada will disburse this funding by launching application rounds, reviewing and processing applications, and working with the recipients to deliver the proposed projects.
Can this funding be provided if there is another grant that is paying a portion of the Project costs?
Project costs not funded by this program can come from internal funding sources, private sources like loans, grants, or donations. The total project funding from government sources should not exceed 75%, including funding from the EV Charger Incentive Program, and funding from all levels of government (federal, provincial, territorial, municipal).
Do the charging stations need to be installed on property owned by the applicant?
Charging stations can be installed on a property owned, rented, or leased by the applicant, as long as the applicant has consent from the property owner to access the land for the project.
Do I submit one application if I have multiple properties?
You may submit one application for multiple property locations, provided the proponent listed in the application is the same for each property. The program funding is limited to less than $100,000 per project and recipient. If multiple properties are included as part of one application, note that reimbursement will only be provided once all installations across all properties mentioned in the application have been completed.
For multiple project sites, if the work and pricing can’t be organized to fit within the 8 month period, should we apply with multiple applications?
You can apply with multiple applications for different project sites as separate project applications. All of your applications, combined will have access to funding less than $100,000 as per funding guidelines. See Application Guide, section 2.6 for more information.
Can this funding/project be included as part of a larger project (new office build or renovation)?
Yes, new constructions or renovations can apply for funding as long as the EV charging stations are not a replacement for existing charging stations, and the other eligibility criteria are met. To see the full list of eligibility criteria, please see the Application Guide.
The grant states it can support up to 50% of the costs and the maximum available per Level 2 charger is $5,000. There has been a cost escalation since the project was announced. Will there be consideration to allocate additional funds or to change the thresholds?
For this round of funding, the funding limits per charger and per connector set by Natural Resources Canada will be followed. Unless these thresholds are revised by Natural Resources Canada, they will remain the same for this program until it ends in 2024.
When can for-profit businesses apply for funding?
All organizations can apply anytime after February 4th, 2022, until the funding is depleted. Organizations that self-identify as one of the Underrepresented Groups will have their applications considered first, until March 21st, 2022, at which point all applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Would non-profit affordable housing providers classify as an Underrepresented Group?
Yes, non-profit affordable housing providers would be considered part of the first cohort, as they are primarily serving low-income populations who are certainly an Underrepresented Group.
Do fleet chargers have to be on a visible public charging network?
Projects that deploy EV charger stations for fleets can be private or public. This will depend on each organization. Should the applicant want to limit the EV charger use to only the fleets, they can choose to do that. There are benefits to having fleet chargers in a public space, open for broader public use. These benefits include increasing your reputation, increasing accessibility of EV charging for the general public, attracting clientele, and generating revenue through electric charging service fees.
Note that it is a condition of the program that chargers have the ability to communicate to other chargers and/or to a server or the cloud through cellular/wireless signal or connected vehicle communications using software to report on usage and/or other capabilities, such as providing real-time status of chargers.
Can the workplace chargers be limited to a private workplace network for employees only?
Yes, workplace chargers can be installed in parking locations primarily for use by the employees. There is an option for organizations to open these charging stations for public use outside of working hours.
Who should I contact if I have further questions?
You can contact our program representatives by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone at 519-603-8996.