Federal government kicks off #EVWeek in Canada, promoting zero-emission charging and vehicles
By Canadian Manufacturing
REGINA — On Jul. 11, Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, kicked off #EVWeek in Canada, which will include zero-emission charging and alternative fuels refuelling infrastructure announcements by federal colleagues from coast to coast.
Federal funding will be provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP) and Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative (EVAFIDI), which support the deployment of charging and refuelling infrastructure where it is most needed, along highways and where Canadians live.
Budget 2022 provided an additional $1.7 billion to extend the government’s purchase incentive program until March 2025 and to expand the types of vehicle models eligible under the program, which would include more vans, trucks and SUVs. In support of the government’s objective of adding 50,000 zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) chargers to Canada’s network, Budget 2022 also provided an additional $400 million to Natural Resources Canada to continue deploying zero-emission vehicle infrastructure by extending ZEVIP to March 2027, complemented by $500 million that Canada’s Infrastructure Bank will invest in large-scale ZEV charging and refuelling infrastructure that is revenue-generating and in the public interest.
These investments are another step in reaching Canada’s target of ensuring all new passenger vehicles sold in Canada are zero-emission by 2035.
“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 across the country 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.