Federal Leadership

28. Establish a “Privy Council Office for Electric Transport”

Create a dedicated Privy Council Office to coordinate EV responsibilities across departments and advise the Prime Minister on progress being made towards achieving the government’s electrification goals. Centralized coordination and Prime Ministerial oversight will elevate the importance of this issue and ensure it receives the attention it deserves.

29. Make government & parliamentarian EV awareness and education a priority

Unless both consumers and policy makers understand all the benefits, needs and savings associated with electric vehicles, the transition to an electric future will take longer than necessary. The government should make education a priority, working with leading organizations like Plug’n Drive, EV Society, AVÉQ, Plug in BC and others to establish experiential learning opportunities for elected officials and civil servants.

30. Convene electricity stakeholders to develop EV solutions for our grid

Establish cross-Canadian guidance for electricity regulators to speed up deployment of charging infrastructure.

Policy Details

31. Ensure federal fleets and buildings are 100% electric and EV-ready

Government can lead by example and further increase domestic EV demand and investment by using its own purchasing power. Starting now, every vehicle purchased by the government should be electric, unless an electric option does not yet exist to meet a specific need. Canada should also start electrifying its owned and leased parking lots immediately to offer charging options to its fleets and employees. Set a hard target of at least 10% of all owned and occupied parking spaces being electrified by no later than 2025.

32. Establish a Zero Emission Zone in the City of Ottawa

The Government of Canada should work with the National Capital Commission and the City of Ottawa to establish a Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) in downtown Ottawa. ZEZs are areas in which polluting vehicles are required to pay a fee to enter, acting as a disincentive for gas-vehicle use within the zone, and encouraging forms of zero emission travel such as EVs, bicycles or electric public transit. Other cities and national capitals (e.g. London, UK) are implementing zero-emission zones too.

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