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EV Funding

Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP)

Get up to 50% back for installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations

Funding is currently available for charging stations in Ottawa

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Learn how to take advantage of new funding for EV chargers

As part of Canada’s mandate to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, the Government of Canada has set an ambitious and mandatory target of every new light-duty vehicle and passenger truck being zero-emission by 2035 and is making investments to ensure this happens.

One of the key barriers to zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) adoption is the lack of charging stations.

With the goal to break down barriers associated with EV adoption, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is funding EV infrastructure projects through the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP).

Hydro Ottawa has been selected as a delivery organization to distribute ZEVIP funding.

Funding is limited and is expected to go fast!

Funding is available exclusively to eligible applicants for charging stations in Ottawa until February 28, 2022. After this date, funding may be expanded to include eligible projects outside of Ottawa.

Funding is limited and will be disbursed on a first come, first served basis.

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

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Eligibility

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) for one of the following uses:

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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, and more.

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Workplaces

Workplaces where electric vehicle chargers are primarily used by employees.

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Light-Duty 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.

Private residences, even if a business is registered at the location, are not eligible.

The Initiative Includes:

  • Ongoing application support
  • Up to $100,000 in funding per application
  • Up to 50% of project costs back for the purchase and installation of EV charging stations

Available EV Charger Incentives

LEVEL 2 CHARGING
EV ChargerOutputFunding Incentive
Level 2 (208 / 240 V) connectors3.3kW to 19.2kWUp to 50% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $5,000 per connector.
LEVEL 3 CHARGING
EV ChargerOutputFunding Incentive
Fast charger20kW to 49kWUp to 50% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $15,000 per charger.
Faster charger50kW to 99KwUp to 50% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $50,000 per charger.
Fastest charger100kW and aboveUp to 50% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $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

Comparing EV Chargers

Level 2

Type

Level 2 (208 / 240 V) connectors

Output

3.3kW to 19.2kW

Typical Charge Time (200km)

4 to 10 hours 
  • The most common type of charger
  • 240-volt power source, similar to that of an oven or clothes dryer
  • Best suited where there is an opportunity for a longer charge time, such as during the day at a workplace or public location, or overnight charging
     
Level 2 Charger

Level 3 / Fast Chargers

Type

Level 3

DC Fast ChargerDC Faster ChargerDC Fastest Charger

Output

20kW to 49kW

Output

50kW to 99kW

Output

100kW +

Typical Charge Time (200km)

Under 30 minutes 
  • The quickest way to charge a battery
  • 480V direct current (DC) source rated over 50 Amperes and up to 300 Amperes
  • Best suited to service stations, large shopping complexes and applications where recharging is necessary in a very short period of time

How To Apply

Before you purchase and install your equipment, we will pre-approve your application and notify you of how much funding you qualify for.

STEP ONE: Get pre-approved for funding

Complete the online application form to begin your pre-approval process. You will receive a follow-up email requesting the following information:

  • An estimate or quote detailing the type and quantity of charger(s), including a summary of all eligible costs
  • A specification sheet for each type of eligible charger
  • A signed Participant Agreement

STEP TWO: Commit to the project within 90 Days

After you have been pre-approved, you will have 90 days to secure your funding by submitting a signed quote or purchase order.

Should there be any changes to your project, please notify us immediately so that we can re-approve your project’s eligibility and ensure available funding.

STEP THREE: Complete your project within one year

You will need to complete your project within one year of pre-approval. After your project is complete, we will ask you to provide supporting invoices, proof of payment as well as photos of the installation. Once we have reviewed and approved your final project, you will receive a cheque for your rebate amount.

Start your application

Contact us today to learn more about this funding initiative and how to take advantage of this limited-time offer.

 613-738-5474 [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

The program will fund up to 50% of the total eligible project costs. Incentive amounts are capped at a certain amount 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
  8. Provincial, territorial, regional or municipal governments or their departments or agencies (federal government is not eligible)
  9. Condominium corporations
  10. Property management groups

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.

Light-Duty Vehicle Fleets: A light-duty vehicle is considered as having a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of less than or equal to 3,856 kg. Light-duty fleet vehicles are owned or leased by an organization and used in support of organizational or business operations and activities. Light-duty vehicle 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.

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, 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.

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.