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Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Intrastructure Deployment Initiative (voted)

General information
Name of transfer payment program Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative (voted)
Start date *April 21, 2016
*End date March 31, 2024
Type of transfer payment Contribution
Type of appropriation Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2016-17
Link to department’s Program Inventory Lower Carbon Transportation
Description Lower carbon transportation is both an essential component of longer-term decarbonisation of the economy as well as a short-term means for reducing emissions. Coordinated and targeted green infrastructure investments to support electrification and fuel switching in the light-and heavy-duty vehicle sectors correspond to two pillars of the strategy to lower emissions from the Transportation Sector, as outlined in the Pan Canadian Framework for Clean Growth and Climate Change. These investments are required to eliminate barriers that currently impede the adoption of clean transportation choices and to spur the wide-scale deployment of low-carbon vehicles, which will enable further greenhouse gas emission reductions across the transportation sector.
This investment will support the installation of commercially available fast-charging electric vehicle infrastructure and other alternative fuel infrastructure (e.g. hydrogen and natural gas) along highly travelled routes to address consumer and commercial fleets’ concerns regarding the low availability of recharging/refuelling infrastructure, as well as investor concerns regarding the financial risk to investment. This will help accelerate market deployment of electric and alternative fuel vehicles and fuels.
This initiative will use repayable contributions (with Canada providing up to 50% of total project costs) to decrease the risk of investing in electric vehicle and alternative fuel infrastructure. These projects will be monitored for repayability over 10 years, following project completion.
Expected results The ultimate outcome is that Canada transitions to a lower carbon transportation, which will be measured through a number of indicators, including the number of low-carbon recharging and refueling stations under development or completed.
The expected results by 2024 (under Green Infrastructure Phase II) are the following:
  • 900 electric vehicle-charging stations along the national highway system and other identified strategic locations. Through this initiative, the objective will be for Canadians to be able to travel the length of the Trans-Canada Highway and key connection routes from Vancouver to Halifax and also to the U.S. by having access to charging stations at optimal distances (every 65km on both sides of these routes).
  • 12 Hydrogen Refuelling Stations: in major metropolitan areas (e.g. Greater Toronto Area, Vancouver, Montreal) which have been identified by vehicle manufacturers as the most likely for early deployment. This will ensure that the needed infrastructure is available as fuel cell electric vehicles enter the market. The program will also have targeted deployment along the first inter-city hydrogen corridor in Canada (Montreal to Toronto).
  • 15 Natural Gas Refuelling Stations along major freight routes. The objective would be to establish natural gas refuelling stations along key east-west freight corridors covering more than 80% of truck freight movement in Canada, as well as strategic linkages to key North American transportation corridors, including:
  • Halifax-Quebec-Windsor, and into the U.S. via Detroit
  • Toronto - Winnipeg in to the U.S. via Grand Forks
  • Edmonton – Calgary – Lower Mainland British Columbia into the U.S. via Seattle
These are notional targets, the actual number and type of stations built will depend on the number of proposals received and the strength of the business case brought forward by individual proponents.
Fiscal year of last completed evaluation The first phase of the program only began in 2016, therefore there has been no evaluation yet.
Decision following the results of last evaluation Not applicable
Fiscal year of planned completion of next evaluation Phase 1 is scheduled for an evaluation in FY 2018-19
General targeted recipient groups Individuals and legal entities validly incorporated or registered in Canada including: electricity or gas utilities, companies, industry associations, research associations, standards organizations, Indigenous and community groups, Canadian academic institutions, and provincial, territorial, regional or municipal governments or their departments or agencies, where applicable.
International legal entities validly incorporated or registered abroad including: companies, industry associations, research associations, standards organizations, and academic institutions.
Initiatives to engage applicants and recipients> The project selection criteria for Phase II of this initiative was informed by consultations with provinces and territories, as well as the mid-term review of Phase I deployment.
The initiation of the program (Request for Proposal period) will be broadcast to over 100 stakeholders, via email.

*This date relates to the expiry date of the program policy authority which may be different from the actual funding end date.

Planning information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2017-18 Forecast spending 2018-2019  Planned spending 2019-20  Planned spending 2020-21  Planned
Total grants 0 0 0 0
Total contributions $12,506,883 $16,700,000 $16,500,000 $22,840,000
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0
Total program $12,506,883 $16,700,000 $16,500,000 $22,840,000

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