As part of EV Week in Canada, Natural Resources Canada, announced three investments across the country to support the installation of EV chargers.
The investments include:
- A $4.6-million investment to Hydro-Quebéc to help support the installation of up to 840 Level 2 EV chargers across Quebec;
- A $414,000 investment in the Government of the Northwest Territories to help support the installation of up to 72 EV chargers across the Northwest Territories powered by renewable hydroelectricity; and
- A $361,875 investment in Ravines Properties Limited, a partnership between Cresco and J2K, to install 112 EV chargers at new multi-unit residential buildings in Halifax.
“Happy EV Week, Canada. Our government is making electric vehicles more affordable and charging more accessible where Canadians live, work and play. Investing in more EV chargers, like those announced today in Quebec, will put more Canadians in the driver’s seat on the road to a net-zero future and help achieve our climate goals,” said Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources.
These investments, which will make EV charging more accessible to all, are funded through Natural Resources Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP).
Hydro-Quebéc will select recipients through a transparent process, based on demand. The EV chargers will then be installed in public places and on streets by March 2024.
“Widespread adoption of electric vehicles requires a continued effort in the deployment of the charging infrastructure, especially in urban areas where it is more difficult for electric vehicle owners to have a charger at home,” said France Lampron, director-Mobility, Hydro-Québec. “Today’s announcement will help us deploy the charging infrastructure where it is most needed in order to support the electrification of vehicles here in Quebec.”
The Government of the Northwest Territories invested $56,000 in the project. The EV chargers will be installed in public places, multi-unit residential buildings, on streets, at workplaces or at facilities for servicing light-duty vehicle fleets by March 2024.
“This funding is a major step forward as we increase the number of EV chargers available in the Northwest Territories (NWT),” said Diane Archie, Minister of Infrastructure, Government of the Northwest Territories. “Investment in EV charging infrastructure will make buying an EV more viable for Northerners, and the Government of the Northwest Territories is excited to partner with the Government of Canada on this initiative. Investments in installing EV charging infrastructure in NWT, especially in communities that operate on hydropower, support the GNWT’s 2030 Energy Strategy and will aid the North in taking action against climate change.”
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