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Transportation and Alternative Fuels (Voted)

General information
Name of transfer payment program Contributions in Support of Transportation and Alternative Fuels (Voted)
Start date April 21, 2016
End date March 31, 2024
Type of transfer payment Contributions
Type of appropriation Estimates
Fiscal year for terms and conditions 2016-17
Strategic Outcome 2. Natural Resource Sectors and Consumers are Environmentally Responsible
Link to the department’s Program Alignment Architecture 2.1 Energy-Efficient Practices and Lower-Carbon Energy Sources > 2.1.3 Alternative Transportation Fuels

This investment will support the installation of commercially available fast-charging electric vehicle infrastructure and other alternative fuel infrastructure along highly travelled routes to address consumer and commercial fleets’ concerns regarding the low availability of recharging 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.

The intent is for the recipients is to generate profits, resulting in a self-sustaining industry. Therefore, this initiative will use repayable contributions to decrease the risk of investing in electric vehicle and alternative fuel infrastructure and reduce upfront investments for investors that install electric vehicle and alternative fuel infrastructure. The projects will be monitored for over 10 years, following project completion.

Results achieved

Phase 1 of the Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative supported the construction of 102 electric vehicle fast-chargers, seven natural gas refueling stations; and three hydrogen-refueling stations. The program has exceeded its targets for all three fuel types.

Budget 2017 built on this initial investment by providing an additional $120M over four years to continue support for the establishment of a national coast-to-coast network of electric vehicle, natural gas stations along freight corridors, and hydrogen stations in urban centers as well as continue the demonstration of innovative electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Comments on variances Some funds, originally allocated for 2016-17, were spent in 2017-18.
Audits completed or planned Three recipient audits were completed in FY 2017-18.
Evaluations completed or planned

The first phase of the program began in 2016, therefore no departmental evaluation has been completed. Phase I is scheduled for evaluation in FY 2018-19.

The overall program undertook a 3rd party mid-term evaluation in summer 2017.

Engagement of 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.
Performance information (dollars)
Type of transfer payment 2015‑16 Actual spending 2016‑17 Actual spending 2017‑18 Planned spending 2017‑18 Total authorities available for use 2017‑18 Actual spending (authorities used) Variance (2017‑18 actual minus 2017‑18 planned)
Total grants 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total contributions 0 2,119,000 10,909,883 13,394,883 13,349,494 2,439,611
Total other types of transfer payments 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total program 0 2,119,000 10,909,883 13,394,883 13,349,494 2,439,611

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