Saanich, a small municipality on Vancouver Island, is making a name for itself by drafting a Climate Plan that pushes for greater EV infrastructure, with the ultimate goal of “a thriving community powered by renewable energy, where climate action has improved the quality of life for all people in Saanich.”
Starting on June 1, 2020, 100% of any new residential construction will require EV charging outlets. Not only that, but up to 5% of new parking spaces in Institutional, Commercial and Industrial land use zones will also require EV charging spots.
“This makes Saanich the world leader as the first municipality in the world to adopt a comprehensive approach to EV infrastructure that includes requirements for all property classes at the zoning level.” said James Locke, President of the Victoria EV Association.
With this first step, hopefully other municipalities across Canada and the world follow Saanich’s lead and push for greater EV infrastructure.
You can read the full draft Climate Action plan here.