EV Funding (ZEVIP)

The future is electric

Get up to 50% back on electric vehicle chargers

Program funding is fully subscribed.

Hydro Ottawa is pleased to distribute funding to eligible applicants for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations within the city of Ottawa.

The goal of the program is to break down the barriers associated with EV adoption by expanding charging infrastructure projects.

Why Install EV Chargers?

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Reduce carbon emissions

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Attract customers and tenants

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Generate revenue


Funding is available for a variety of applications, including:

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Multi-Unit Residential Buildings

Buildings with at least 3 units.

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Public Places

Parking areas intended for public use, including service stations, retail, restaurants, medical offices, schools, churches and more.

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Workplaces where electric vehicle chargers are primarily used by employees.

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On-Road Commercial and Public Fleets

Electric vehicle chargers for fleets used in support of business activities, including taxis and delivery trucks.

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On-Street Parking

On-street electric vehicle charging for public use.

  • Eligible applicants include legal entities, validly incorporated or registered in Canada.
  • Installed equipment must be a permanent and new installation (replacement equipment is not eligible).


  • Private residences, even if a business is registered at the location, are not eligible.
  • Federal Government entities, such as Federal Departments, Federal Crown Corporations, and Federal Agencies are not eligible.
  • For more information on eligibility, read our FAQs.

Available EV Charger Incentives

Total funding of up to $100,000 per application.

EV ChargerOutputFunding Incentive
Up to 50% of eligible costs, to a maximum of:
Level 2 (208 / 240 V) connectors3.3kW to 19.2kW$5,000 per connector
EV ChargerOutputFunding Incentive
Up to 50% of eligible costs, to a maximum of:
Fast20kW to 49kW$15,000 per charger
Faster 50kW to 99kW$50,000 per charger
Fastest100kW and above$75,000 per charger

Eligible Costs Include:

  • EV chargers, related equipment and infrastructure
  • Rental or leasing costs
  • Licences and permits
  • HST net of any rebates
  • Professional services, such as engineering, construction, installation and more
  • Environmental assessment costs
  • Infrastructure planning and readiness assessments
  • Electrical upgrades and pre-work related to the installation

Program funding is fully subscribed.

If you need more information or have any questions, contact our program experts today!

 613-738-5474 [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

The program will fund up to 50% of the total eligible project costs. Incentive amounts are limited to per charger type. Total funding is limited to less than $100,000 per application.

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;
  • License fees and permits;
  • Costs associated with Environmental Assessments; and
  • GST, PST and HST net of any tax rebate to which the recipient is entitled.

For more information on eligible project costs, please contact our program representatives at [email protected] or at 613-738-5474

Legal entities validly incorporated or registered in Canada including not-for-profit and for-profit organizations such as:

  1. Electricity or gas utilities
  2. Companies
  3. Industry associations
  4. Research associations
  5. Standards organizations
  6. Indigenous and community groups
  7. Academic institutions and schools
  8. Churches
  9. Provincial, territorial, regional or municipal governments or their departments or agencies (federal government is not eligible)
  10. Condominium corporations
  11. Property management groups
  1. Federal Government entities, such as Federal Departments, Federal Crown Corporations, and Federal Agencies are not eligible.
    For a complete list of federal organizations, click here
  2. Private residences, even if a business is registered at the location
  3. Softwood lumber companies and those that are vertically integrated with them
  4. Private landlords
  5. Private individuals

The location of the charging station must fit 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.

Charging infrastructure installations at a private residence, even if a business is registered at the same address, are not included in this category.

On-Road Commercial and Public Fleets: On-road vehicle fleets are owned or leased by an organization and used in support of organizational or business operations and activities. These fleets are composed of multiple light, medium or heavy-duty vehicles and are managed by common ownership.

An example of a light-duty vehicle fleet is a fleet composed of taxies.

An example of a medium-duty vehicle fleet is a fleet composed of last-mile delivery vehicles.

An example of a heavy-duty vehicle fleet is a fleet composed of refuse trucks.

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.

No, private residences, even if a business is registered at the location, are not eligible.

Yes, provided that it is a communal parking space and not privately owned.

No, in order to be eligible, the installed equipment must be a permanent installation, and be new equipment or an expansion of an existing infrastructure. Replacement of failed equipment is not eligible.

No, there are no requirements on usage fees of the EV charging equipment.

There is no minimum number of chargers for this phase of the program through Hydro Ottawa.

Yes, you may submit one application with multiple property locations providing the participant listed in the application is the same for each property. The program funding is limited to less than $100,000 per application. If choosing to combine multiple properties under one application, we will not be able to make a payment until all installations have been completed and paid for.

Yes, all chargers must have 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.

Chargers must be commercially available and certified for use in Canada (for example, CSA, ULC, UL, Interlink).

Level 2 (208 / 240 V) connectors
3.3 kW to 19.2 kW

The charger must have a SAE J1772 standard plug head or be a proprietary connector type.

Level 3 Direct Current Fast Chargers

The direct current fast charger must have one or more of the following connector types: CHAdeMO, SAE J1772 Combo (CCS) or be a proprietary connector type, or another Charging Station approved by the Program Operators.

Proprietary connector types cannot exceed 75% of all charging connectors installed at the same project site.

Two things are important. The capacity of your service equipment and the peak demand of your facility. If you are not aware of the capacity of your service equipment, visit this page, and connect with our commercial supervisor. In order to confirm the peak demand of your facility, you can check your demand and consumption on the “Usage” tab of your MyAccount Profile (commercial customers only).

If it’s determined that an upgrade to your service is required, you would do so on the electrical service requests page.

Our team of specialists would be pleased to provide you with more information. You can contact our team by email at [email protected] or by phone at 613-738-5474.

Funding is limited and going fast!

Funding is available to eligible applicants within the city of Ottawa. Funding is limited and will be disbursed on a first come, first served basis. Don't miss this opportunity to save. Our last round of funding was distributed within days.

Applicants do not need to be Hydro Ottawa customers to be eligible.

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