Jun. 03, 2021

Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program

Article by Natural Resources Canada

Transportation accounts for a quarter of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), of which almost half comes from passenger cars and light trucks. The Government of Canada is steadfast in its conviction that the electrification of Canada’s light-duty vehicles as well as a shift to cleaner fuels are key to the decarbonisation of our transportation sector. In fact, Canada’s strengthened climate plan, A Healthy Environment and A Healthy Economy, highlighted that building a stronger, cleaner transportation system as Canada recovers from the pandemic, is an investment that will pay off — delivering economic and environmental benefits for decades to come.

This is why the Government of Canada has set ambitious federal targets of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) reaching 10% of light-duty vehicles sales by 2025, 30% by 2030 and 100% by 2040 and invested over $600 million to help make ZEVs more affordable and infrastructure more accessible. The 2020 Fall Economic Statement announced an addition $150 million over three years to support more charging and hydrogen refuelling stations across Canada, and an additional $287 million for vehicle purchase incentives, building upon previous investments.

Funded through Budget 2019 and the 2020 Fall Economic Statement, the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP) is a 5-year $280 million program ending in 2024 and its objective is to address the lack of charging and refuelling stations in Canada; one of the key barriers to ZEV adoption, by increasing the availability of localized charging and hydrogen refuelling opportunities where Canadians live, work, and play.

This funding will be delivered through cost-sharing contribution agreements for eligible projects that will help meet the growing charging and refuelling demand.


The Request for Proposals (RFP) focusing on public places, on-street, multi-unit residential buildings, workplaces and light-duty vehicle fleets is now open until June 22, 2021 (23:59 Eastern Daylight Time). NRCan will target having funding decisions by October 2021.

**Temporary Measure - Extended Project Completion**

As the second wave of COVID-19 continues to cause supply chain disruptions and operational restrictions, the Program is now allowing up to an additional 12 months to complete projects. As a result, proponents may have up to 30 months from the date of agreement signature for the completion of EV charging projects, and up to 36 months from the date of agreement signature for hydrogen refuelling projects.

Note that the completion date indicated in a signed contribution agreement takes precedence. Therefore, to avail yourself of this accommodation, you must contact your NRCan project officer or email nrcan.taf-tcr.rncan@canada.ca, as an amendment to existing agreement will be required.

The program targets multiple infrastructure streams as described below.

Note: the Program expects to launch multiple requests for proposals each year focusing on one or several infrastructure streams at a time.

This Request for Proposals (RFP) targets ZEV infrastructure projects in public places, on-street, multi-unit residential buildings, workplaces and light-duty vehicle fleets, as described below. Note that strategic ZEV infrastructure projects including medium and heavy-duty vehicle fleets will be covered in a future RFP. You can view the RFP Calendar on the program website for more details.

The notional funding allocation for this RFP is approximately $40 million. NRCan reserves the right to change this allocation and funding is subject to there being an appropriation by Parliament for the fiscal year in which payments are to be made.

Public Places

The program will support electric vehicle charging infrastructure deployment in 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.


The program will support electric vehicle charging infrastructure deployment on-street. On-street charging is considered charging infrastructure for public use and is managed by local governments.


The program will support zero-emission infrastructure deployment at workplaces. A workplace is defined as a location where employees perform duties related to a job. For the purpose of the program, the charging or hydrogen refuelling infrastructure must be primarily used by the employees.

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

Light, Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Fleets

The program will support zero-emission infrastructure for on-road 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. Medium and heavy-duty vehicles are considered as having a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of more than 3,856 kg. Fleet vehicles are owned or leased by an organization and used in support of organizational or business operations and activities. 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. Examples of medium or heavy-duty vehicle fleets is a fleet of last-mile delivery trucks, school buses, refuse trucks, public utility vehicles, etc.

Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURBs)

The program will support electric vehicle charging infrastructure deployment in multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs). 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.

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