EV drivers in Canada will soon get more options for charging as the federal government has announced the addition of 500 new EV chargers across the country.
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, the Minister of Natural Resources, announced the new EV chargers. The new installations will cost over $2.4 million and provide Level 2 chargers across 68 sites.
The charging stations will be located at Indigo Park Canada locations in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Manitoba and will be available to the public by March 2024.
Funding is provided by the Natural Resources Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program, ZEVIP.
Canada has invested $1 billion in EV incentives and chargers since 2016. It has budgeted another $1.7 billion to extend the purchase incentive program until March 2025 to expand the categories of EVs that qualify.
Canada is making these investments to make “electric vehicles more affordable and charging more accessible where Canadians live, work, and play. Investing in more EV chargers, like the ones announced today, will put more Canadians in the driver’s seat on the road to a net-zero future and help achieve our climate goals,” according to Wilkinson.
EV makers are noticing these investments and are setting up facilities in Canada. Tesla may be building a Giga Factory in Canada, and Rivian is opening its first service center in the country.