Join a growing network of sustainable, conscious consumers
Thunder Bay Community Economic Development Commission has relaunched the Plug-in Thunder Bay funding program to support the installment of Electric Vehicle(EV) charging stations in Thunder Bay.
This funding will be delivered through cost-sharing contribution agreements for eligible projects that will help meet the growing charging and refueling demand.
The funding will be distributed locally by the CEDC and is supported by the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP).
Interested in installing an Electric Vehicle charging station?
Are you a business owner, or property manager? It is time to plug in.
Join the growing network of electric vehicle charging stations in Thunder Bay and across Canada. Plug in Thunder Bay is a new initiative that will help install EV stations on your property or place of business. This program will cover up to 50% of your costs to purchase and install an EV station.
How to Apply
Legal entities validly incorporated or registered in Canada, including not-for-profit and for-profit organizations such as:
- Electricity or gas utilities
- Industry associations
- Research associations
- Standards organizations
- Indigenous and community groups
- Academic institutions
- Provincial, territorial, regional or municipal governments or their departments or agencies
The program will pay up to 50% of total project costs, up to maximum amounts as shown in the following table:
Table 1: Maximum funding
Type of Charger
Level 2 (208 / 240 V) connectors
3.3 kW to 19.2 kW
Any EV charger is commercially available and CSA, ULC, UL or Interlink certified for use in Canada. The charger must have a SAE J1772 standard plug head or be a proprietary** connector type rated for a minimum of 3.3 kW power output.
Up to 50% of total project costs, to a maximum of $5,000 per connector*
20 kW to 49 kW
Any EV fast charger is commercially available and CSA, ULC, UL or Interlink certified for use in Canada. The fast charger must have at least one (1) charger connector that is CHAdeMO compliant and one (1) charger connector that is SAE Combo or be a proprietary** connector type rated for a minimum of 20 kW power output.
Up to 50% of total project costs, to a maximum of $15,000 per fast charger
50 kW and above
Any EV fast charger is commercially available and CSA, ULC, UL or Interlink certified for use in Canada. The fast charger must have at least one (1) charger connector that is CHAdeMO compliant and one (1) charger connector that is SAE J1772 Combo (CCS) or be a proprietary** connector type rated for a minimum of 50 kW power output.
Up to 50% of total project costs, to a maximum of $50,000 per fast charger
* For level 2 charging stations: In order to consider the funding per connector, each connector must be able to charge a vehicle and support a parking space simultaneously. Fast charging station funding is based on the number of chargers.
In order to be considered for funding. Recipients must meet the following requirements:
- Be an eligible technology as described in Section 1.5 of the Applicants Guide;
- Be located in Canada;
- Be a permanent installation (mounted or fixed models);
- Be new and purchased equipment (not leased);
- Be for a new installation or expansion of an existing installation (not for the replacement of an existing installation);
- Be connected as defined in Section 1.2.1 of the Applicants Guide;
- Increase localized charging opportunities in public places, on-street, in multi-unit residential buildings, at workplaces, or for light-duty vehicle fleets, as defined in Section 1.2 of the Applicants Guide;
- The work performed must be in compliance with all applicable local codes (for example, building and electrical) and bylaws (for example, zoning and parking);
- Charging infrastructure targeting general public use must be installed in a parking space clearly identified for the purpose of charging electric vehicles; and
- The project timeline must show completion within twelve (12) months of the issuance of the funding decision (Letters of Approval). Applicants of successful projects will have three (3) months after the date of the Letter of Approval (LOA) to sign a contribution agreement.
Eligible Expenditures for an approved project from an Recipient must be directly related to the installation of EV chargers and will include:
- Salary and benefits;
- Professional services (e.g., scientific, technical, management; contracting; engineering; construction; installation, testing and commissioning of equipment; training; marketing; data collection; logistics; maintenance; printing; distribution);
- Capital expenses, including informatics and other equipment or infrastructure;
- Rental fees or leasing costs;
- License fees and permits;
- Costs associated with Environmental Assessments; and
- GST, PST, and HST net of any tax rebate to which the recipient is entitled.
Costs not considered Eligible Expenditures under this Program include:
- Land costs;
- Legal costs;
- Ongoing operating costs (e.g., electricity consumption, operation, maintenance, networking fees, subscription fees, etc.), and;
- Costs incurred outside the Eligible Expenditure Period, including those for preparing this application.
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Places where you can install
Public places are defined as parking areas intended for public use. Parking areas can be privately or publicly owned and operated. Examples of public places include, but are not limited to service stations, retail, restaurants, arenas, libraries, medical offices, parks, and rides, etcExamples of public places include, but are not limited to: service stations; retail; restaurants; arenas; libraries; medical offices; park and ride; etc.
This program will support electric vehicle charging infrastructure deployment on-street. On-street charging is considered charging infrastructure for public use and is managed by local governments.
This program will support zero-emission infrastructure deployment at workplaces. A workplace is defined as a location where employees perform duties related to a job. For the purpose of the program, the charging or hydrogen refuelling infrastructure must be primarily used by the employees.
Charging or hydrogen refueling infrastructure installations at a private residence even if a business is registered at the same address, are not included in this category.
This program will support zero-emission infrastructure for on-road vehicle fleets. A light-duty vehicle is considered as having a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of less than or equal to 3,856 kg. Fleet vehicles are owned or leased by an organization and used in support of organizational or business operations and activities. Fleets are composed of multiple vehicles and are managed by common ownership.
Examples of light-duty vehicle fleets include a fleet of taxis, car rentals, municipal vehicles, car sharing, etc.
This program will support electric vehicle charging infrastructure deployment in multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs). MURB charging is defined as infrastructure in parking spaces where people live. For the purpose of the program, to be designated as a MURB the building must include a minimum of three (3) dwelling units. information.
Applications are open
Applicants are required to submit a single copy of the application package by 4:30 pm Eastern Standard Time, June 30th, 2024. The application packages, provided below, can be submitted to CEDC via email to the Project Coordinator. The application portal may close earlier than June 30th, 2024 if all funds have been committed.
Zero Emission Vehicle Stats
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