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The EPCOR Go EV Funding Program in Ontario
Supporting Canada’s Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program

Working to reduce our environmental footprint is a priority EPCOR shares with communities we serve.

We are proud to have recently been selected by the Government of Canada’s Zero Emission Vehicles Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP) designed to work with local organizations to support investment in electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.​​
 

 

W​​​​​here​​ funding is available in Ontario

​EPCOR will be distributing Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) ZEVIP funding to selec​t applicants as part of the program. Funds will support the installation of charging stations in the South Georgian Bay and southwestern Ontario region (highlighted in the Google Map). Green areas are eligible locations and blue pins are EPCOR's current service areas in the Ontario regions noted.

In addition to distributing ZEVIP funding to selected applicants, EPCOR will also provide project ove​rsight of the development of the EV charging stations.

Why public charging stations are a good idea

Public EV charging provides benefits to the surrounding community in terms of encouraging adoption of electric vehicles and attracting the spending activities of EV drivers in retail, travel and tourism. Workplace and fleet EV charging also relay benefits in employee retention, fleet economic performance and host company ESG initiatives.

 It's affordable

You could install one Level 2 charger for $10,000 and receive funding for up to 50% of that cost through the GO EV program.​

Learn how the program works​

 

 

How the Go EV Funding Program works

Understand how the EPCOR GO EV Funding Program works, who is eligible and what the funding can be used for.

How the Program works​​​

 

Application process, deadline and form

Learn how to apply, the process to access funding and the deadline to submit your application.

Learn how to apply

 

FAQ's about the Go EV Funding Program

Answers to frequently asked questions to help you prepare and fill out your application form.

Frequently asked questions

 

 ​How the Go EV F​unding Program works

  • Funding is available for up to 50% of costs toward qualified electric vehicle (EV) charging stations up to a total value of $100,000 per application.
  • Eligible applicants include legal entities or businesses incorporated or registered in Canada, provincial government bodies and municipalities. The federal government and its ministries/agencies are excluded.
  • Charging stations must be a permanent and new installation for one of the following uses:
    - Multi-Unit Residential buildings with at least 3 unit dwellings e.g. condominiums, townhouse complexes, apartments
    - Public areas intended for public access including service stations, retail, restaurants, professional service offices, etc.
    - Workplace parking where electric vehicle chargers are primarily used by employees
    - Light-Duty Fleets used in support of business activities, including taxis and delivery trucks
    - On-Street Parking and public (municipal) lots​
  • Private residences including businesses registered at such locations are not eligible for this program.

The program provides EV charging station funding for:

  • EV chargers, related equipment and infrastructure;
  • Installation (including purchased equipment, technical services, licences and permits, construction and related direct costs);
  • ​Rental or leasing costs;
  • HST net of any rebates;
  • Professional services, such as engineering, construction, installation; and
  • Environmental assessment costs.​​

Watch our webinar

Interested in applying for program funding? Watch a short presentation outlining key information and FAQs and Q&A discussion.

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 ​How to appl​y for our Go EV Funding Program in 3 steps

Before you purchase or install any equipment, fill out the form below in step one. EPCOR will review your funding application and notify you about whether your project has been selected for program funding and the amount of funding your project is eligible for. We held a Q&A webinar for potential applicants on February 17, 2022. If you need more information before applying, we encourage you to watch the webinar​.

Follow our 3 step process below:​

1. STEP ONE: Get selected for funding

Complete the application form to begin your EV charging station funding process and email it to GoEV@epcor.com. We will review applications and notify all applicants if they have been selected for program funding.

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​2. STEP TWO: Commit to the project within 60 days

Selected applicants will receive an email requesting the following information to be sent to the EPCOR Go EV team: 

  • Provide your EV charging station project cost estimate detailing the type and quantity of charger(s), including a summary of all eligible costs;
  • Provide a specification sheet for each type of eligible EV charger you are proposing;
  • Demonstrate you have secured your own funding and are commencing project construction; and
  • Provide your completed and signed Project Agreement.
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3. STEP THREE: Complete your EV charging station project within one year

Selected projects will have until March 31, 2023 to place their charging station in service. After your project is complete, we will ask you to provide supporting project documentation such as invoices, proof of payment as well as photos of the installation(s). Once we have reviewed and approved your completed project, you will receive a cheque for your rebate amount.​

Start your application today!

Fill in the EV charging station funding application form to get the process started. If you have any questions about the program that aren't answered in the ​​frequently asked questions below, email us at GoEV@epcor.com

If you'd like to learn more or are interested in participating in the EPCOR Go EV program, please take a moment to sign up for email updates to receive project updates and alerts.​​​​

Start the Funding proc​​ess NOW

Complete the first step in the EPCOR Go EV Funding Program, and submit your application form to get started.

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 ​Go EV Funding Program frequently asked questions

Review the questions below and if you can't find what you need please email us your questions to GoEV@epcor.com and our project team will get back to you directly as soon as possible. We will be updating our FAQ's with answers to questions received by other applicants and encourage you to check back! Our FAQ's are also available to print.
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1. Who is eligible?

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

  • Companies, such as the following: 
    • ​​using light duty vehicle fleets
    • auto dealerships
    • restaurants
    • retailers
    • hotels
    • medical offices
    • service stations
  • Industry and research associations
  • Standards organizations
  • Indigenous and community groups
  • Academic institutions
  • Provincial, territorial, regional or municipal governments or their departments or agencies (the federal government is not eligible), including for: 
    • ​o​n-street parking
    • libraries
    • park and ride
    • recreation centers
    • ​other community facilities
  • Condominium corporations
  • Property management groups
  • Electricity or gas utilities

Note: Eligible applicants must be an organization and not an individual. Federal Government entities, such as Federal Departments, Federal Crow​n Corporations or Federal Agencies are ineligible for ZEVIP funding. View the complete list of federal organizations not eligible.​

2. Where can EV chargers be installed?

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.

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.

NOTE: Charging infrastructure installations at a private residence, even if a business is registered at the same address, are not eligible and are not part of the MURB category.

3. Are home businesses eligible for funding?

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

4. Are communal parking lots at condos or parking garages in residential settings eligible for funding?

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

5. Are replacement EV chargers eligible for funding?

​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 for funding associated with this program.

6. How much will it cost to install an electric charger?
A variety of factors will determine the cost of installation, including the number of EV charging stations and the type of EV charger selected. For example, a business could install one Level 2 charger for $10,000. Through the GO EV program, the business would receive funding for up to 50% of that cost. ​
7. Are there any requirements on usage fees for the EV chargers?​​

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

8. Is there a minimum number of chargers that need to be installed in order to qualify for funding?
There is no minimum number of chargers for this phase of the program.
9. How many eligible applicants will be selected as part of EPCOR's Go EV Program?

The number of applicants selected in the program will depend upon the number of charging stations each applicant is proposing and the cost of the proposed stations (Level 2 or 3 chargers). ​

10. What criteria will you use to choose the applicants selected for funding?

​EPCOR will review applicant proposals for technical requirements, development risk, applicant team qualifications and experience and anticipated community benefits for the applicant's proposed EV station. ​

12. What if EPCOR needs to make upgrades to the grid to support a proposed charging station – does that come out of the funding or is that separate?
​Selected projects will need to fund any required utility service upgrades specific to their proposed installation(s) with the knowledge that such direct project costs are eligible for reimbursement under this Program.
13. There are other funding programs out there, what makes EPCOR's Go EV Program different?
​EPCOR is not aware of other funding programs currently available and related to our EV charging focus in Southern Georgian Bay Region or southwestern Ontario.​
14. Will EPCOR secure the charging station and equipment for my proposed location?
​No, applicants should work with established EV charging station installation companies and vendors to get their proposed station(s) in service.​
15. What if I have multiple properties? Can I submit one application?
​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.
16. Are there any technical requirements for the EV Chargers?

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. (i.e. Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) v1.6 with planned support for v2.0.1 and any subsequent versions as released)

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

Level 2 Chargers (208 / 240 VAC Supply)

  • 3.3 kW to 19.2 kW charging capacity

These chargers must have a SAE J1772 standard plug head or be a proprietary connector type.

Level 3 Direct Current Fast Chargers
The direct current fast chargers must have one or more of the following connector types:

  • CHAdeMO
  • SAE J1772 Combo (CCS)
  • proprietary connector type (e.g. Tesla); or
  • other charging station design approved by EPCOR.

Proprietary connector types cannot exceed 75% of all charging connectors installed at the same projec​t site. Lear​​n more about what types of EV charging stations are eligible​ for funding by the EPCOR Go EV Funding Program.

17. What do I need to know about my local utility service capacity in order to install EV charging equipment?
​Two things are important. The capacity of your local utility service and the peak demand of your facility. If you are not aware of the capacity of your local utility service, contact your local distribution company (utility) for technical support, project planning assistance and information about potential service connection and service upgrades if necessary (e.g. in the Collingwood, Thornbury, Creemore and Stayner areas, customers should contact EPCOR at (705) 445-1800).
18. You say this program is offered in South Georgian Bay and southwestern Ontario. When is it coming to Edmonton or other communities EPCOR serves?
​Edmonton has a different program in place. In December 2019, EPCOR received funding from NRCan to bring 24 charging stations at points all around the City of Edmonton in a program called Energize Edmonton. We expect these stations to be installed mid-2022 and will provide further infrastructure to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles.
19. Can an applicant submit more than one project for funding?

​Yes an Applicant may submit multiple projects for funding consideration on the same application.   The maximum funding per application however is $100,000.

20. Who should I contact if I have further questions?
​Our team of specialists would be pleased to provide you with more information. You can contact our team by email at GoEv@epcor.com. We will get back to you as soon as we can.​

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Eligible EPCOR Go EV charging stations

Level 2 EV charging station

Level 2 is the most common type of EV charger – powered by a common 240-volt AC power source, similar to that of household appliances. Useful for longer charging opportunities such as at a workplace day/night parking, public location day parking, commuter parking or overnight charging at commercial accommodations (hotels/resorts)

  • Approximate EV Charging Time (adding 150-to-200km vehicle range): 6 to 8 hours charging duration
  • Level 2 connector capacities 3.3kW to 19.2kW.
  • EPCOR Go EV covers up to 50% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $5,000 per connector.

Level 3 EV charging station

Charging capacities for enroute travel and destination stops such as convenience stops, service stations, restaurants, shopping complexes, wherever EV drivers need a convenient quick charge.

  • Approximate EV Charging Time (adding 150-to-200km vehicle range) - under 30 minutes
  • Powered typically by a 480-600 Volt AC power source rated over 30 Amps and up to 300 Amps
  • Fast charger types
    - 20kW to 49kW. Up to 50% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $15,000 per charger.
    - 50kW to 99kW. Up to 50% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $50,000 per charger.
    - 100kW and above. Up to 50% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $75,000 per charger.​

If you still have questions before applying for funding, review our frequently asked questions or email us at GoEv@epcor.com.​ ​

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