Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Support Program

Providing organizations across Canada with rebates of up to 50% on purchase & installation costs of EV charging stations

Pollution Probe’s Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Support Program is supporting the Government of Canada’s commitment to having Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) comprise 50% of new passenger vehicle sales by 2030, and 100% by 2035. Accessible and abundant electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are vital for increasing EV ownership. To realize Canada’s targets, Canadians will need access to significantly more EV charging options than are currently available.

To help meet this need, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) provides funding to support new charging stations through its Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP). Pollution Probe has received funding from ZEVIP as a delivery organization, empowering us to select eligible recipients and award funding to support new EV charging stations across Canada.

Our program will run until March 31, 2023, with funding awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. We are delivering our program in collaboration with FLO, Canada’s leading provider of EV charging stations, so stations supported must be sourced from FLO.

Pollution Probe anticipates that our program will ultimately support between 500 and 600 new charging sites for Canadians, representing a major portion of the national network.

Pollution Probe is a national, not-for-profit, charitable organization that exists to improve the health and well-being of Canadians by advancing policy that achieves positive, tangible environmental change. Pollution Probe has a proven track record of working in successful partnership with industry and government to develop practical solutions for shared environmental challenges. Established in 1969, it is one of the oldest continually operating environmental NGOs globally.

Contributing to the decarbonization of Canada’s transportation sector is one of Pollution Probe’s core objectives. We have a long history of facilitating ZEV deployment efforts and providing ZEV-related expertise to all levels of government and private sector stakeholders. Our transportation team understands not only the strategic importance of charging infrastructure, but the key stakeholders involved in delivering it and the rationale for deploying different types of infrastructure in different locations to optimize utilization rates and ZEV deployment in general.

FLO is a leading North American charging network and operates a comprehensive charging ecosystem that fulfills EV drivers’ needs wherever they may be—at home, at work or on the go—by ensuring a consistently simple and seamless experience.

FLO provides turnkey solutions to property managers, business owners, employers and municipal administrators who wish to support EV adoption by supplying charging services. FLO also offers smart home charging solutions for both single-family houses and multi-unit residential buildings, as well as access to thousands of public charging stations across the country.

Eligibility

Eligible recipients under this program must be legal entities validly incorporated or registered in Canada, including not-for-profit and for-profit organizations such as:

Individuals, owners of single-family homes, and federal government departments are not eligible to apply for this round of funding.

Eligible locations for EV charging station installations under this program include:

Public Places

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 outlets, restaurants, community centres, libraries, medical offices, parks, 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 employees.

Light-Duty Vehicle Fleets

For light-duty fleet vehicles owned or leased by an organization and used in support of organizational or business operations and activities. Examples of light-duty vehicle fleets include a fleet of taxis, car rentals, municipal vehicles, etc.

Multi-Unit Residential Building (MURB)

MURB charging is defined as infrastructure in parking spaces where people live. For the purposes of this program, to be designated as a MURB the building must include a minimum of 3 dwelling units.

Rebate Details

Maximum rebate levels by type of charging stations are indicated in the table below. Applicants are welcome to submit multiple applications if planning installations at multiple sites.

Maximum funding per project site is $100,000.

Eligible Electric Vehicle Technology Type Maximum funding per unit installed
Level 2 connectors (3.3 kw to 19.2 kW)
Up to 50% of total eligible expenditures, to a maximum of $5,000 per connector
Fast charger (20 kW to 49 kW)
Up to 50% of total eligible expenditures, to a maximum of $15,000 per DC fast charger
Fast charger (50 kW and above)
Up to 50% of total eligible expenditures, to a maximum of $50,000 per DC fast charger

Funding can be stacked with other forms of government assistance up to 75% of eligible project costs. For provincial and municipal governments, the stacking limit is 100% of project costs.

All charging stations installed under our program must be connected, or 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.

All DC fast charging stations supported must include at least one connector that is CHAdeMO and one that is SAE Combo/CCS.

All stations supported must be owned by the applicant/funding recipient, and must be for a new or expanded charging site (not replacements for other charging stations).

All stations must be sourced from FLO, and must be operational by March 31, 2023. Reimbursements can only apply to project expenses incurred between April 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023.

Pollution Probe will reimburse successful applicants in one lump sum payment following the submission of all project completion documents (paid invoices, proof of ownership or access to install sites, “before and after” photos, etc.)

How to Apply

Each of the three application documents provided below must be completed, signed by a duly authorized officer of the applicant, and submitted to Pollution Probe electronically (email dmay@pollutionprobe.org).

If you have questions that are not addressed in the applicant guide, please feel free to contact us

Contact Information

All correspondence related to this program can be directed to:

Derek May
Senior Project Manager, Pollution Probe
dmay@pollutionprobe.org
(416) 926-1907 x 236

For technical or pricing information related to FLO charging stations and services, please contact: 

Alan Czechowski
Business Development Manager, FLO
aczechowski@flo.com
(416) 201-1098

Useful Links

Natural Resources Canada: Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program

Natural Resources Canada: Electric Charging and Alternative Fuelling Stations Locator

FLO Products & Services

Company Presentation

FLO CoRe+ (Level 2 charging stations) Spec Sheet

FLO SmartTWO-BSR (Level 2 charging stations) Spec Sheet

FLO for Business

Commercial Charging Stations for EVs

FLO SmartTWO (Level 2 charging stations) Spec Sheet

FLO SmartDC (Level 3 / DC fast charging stations) Spec Sheet

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Pollution Probe is a registered Canadian charity (BN 108092701 RR0001) with a proven track record of working in partnership with industry and government to build practical solutions for shared environmental challenges.

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