The ZEVIP Program for EV Charger Installations in Canada

Canada's Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP) is crucial for boosting nationwide electric vehicle (EV) adoption by providing grants for multi-unit, residential, commercial, and workplace EV charger installations. Alongside ZEVIP, the Electric Vehicle Availability Standard Program promotes EV accessibility, aligning with Canada's commitment to sustainable transportation and its goal of being emission-free by 2035.

Learn more: Canada moves towards 100% zero-emission vehicles by 2035

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What is ZEVIP?                                   

The Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program is a federal initiative administered by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) to support the installation of EV chargers across Canada. The program subsidizes up to 50% of the cost of EV charger installations for various property types, including multi-unit residential and commercial buildings Since 2016, NRCan has invested over a billion dollars and intends to run the program until 2027. 

How to get ZEVIP funding in Canada

Fach round of ZEVIP funding, NRCan issues an Applicant's Guide. Organizations then have until the submission deadline to prepare a comprehensive project proposal. Following a review period, NRCan notifies applicants of funding decisions. Successful applicants are then issued a Letter of Conditional Approval and subsequently enter into a Contribution Agreement with NRCan. Each ZEVIP round specifies varying criteria for project size, deployment timeline, and supported use cases.                            

When Can I Apply for ZEVIP funding?

Canada will begin funding the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program starting in Spring 2024.

What types of projects are eligible?

ZEVIP funds the installation of EV chargers in various places where people live, work and visit including:

    • Workplaces (any location where employees perform duties related to their job
    • Multi-unit residential buildings (apartments and condos with at least 3 units)
    • Public places (including but not limited to service stations, retail, restaurants, arenas, libraries, medical offices, park and ride, etc.)
    • On-street parking (EV charging deployed by local governments along public streets.)
    • EV fleets (taxis, car rentals, municipal vehicles, car sharing, last-mile delivery trucks, school buses, refuse trucks, public utility vehicles, etc.) 

Learn more about EV charger installations for condos and multi-residential buildings, commercial buildingsand fleets.

What type of organizations are eligible to apply?

ZEVIP funding is open to a wide range of applicants and EV charger installation types. Organizations, whether not-for-profit or for-profit, must be legal entities registered in Canada or abroad. Projects must be submitted by the organization, and proof of eligible expenditures for reimbursement will be needed. 

Eligible organizations include:

  • electricity or gas utilities
  • companies
  • industry associations
  • research associations
  • standards organizations
  • Indigenous businesses and community groups
  • academic institutions
  • provincial, territorial, regional, or municipal governments or their departments or agencies where applicable

The following are not eligible for funding support under ZEVIP:                          

  • Individuals or any part of federal public administration, including departments, Crown corporations, and agencies
  • Softwood lumber companies and those that are vertically integrated with them

How much funding can you get?

ZEVIP reimburses up to 50% of your project's total costs, with a maximum of $10 million per project. Indigenous businesses and communities can benefit even more, receiving up to 75% back!

Charger Type Power Maximum Funding
Level 2 charger 3.3 kW to 19.2 kW Up to $5,000 per connector
DC fast charger 20 kW to 49 kW Up to $15,000 per charger
DC fast charger

50 kW to 99 kW

Up to $50,000 per charger

DC fast charger 100 kW to 199 kW Up to $75,000 per charger
DC fast charger 200 kW and above

Up to $100,000 per charger


Learn more: Understanding EV charger types

Is ZEVIP funding different from Ontario EV charger rebates?

“ZEVIP funding” and “EV charger rebates” are often used interchangeably, but the NRCan program is not technically a “rebate” program. This is because you are only entitled to money back if you follow the specific NRCan process, which includes applying for funding and receiving approval from NRCan before paying for the EV charger network. That said, ZEVIP is the sole federal government funding source for EV charging installations. 

Talk to an expert and secure an Ontario EV charger rebate!                            

With ZEVIP funding available, this makes it the perfect time to save on costs and take advantage of these incentives in Canada when installing EV chargers. These EV charger rebates can significantly offset the initial investment, making the transition to EV chargers more accessible and affordable.

See if you qualify for an EV charging rebate now!

metroEV has helped condo boards, property managers, and business owners secure millions of dollars in ZEVIP funding and can help you explore the most efficient way to set up an EV charger installation suited to your purpose. Contact MetroEV and take the first step towards an electrified future with our team of experts today.    

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