National EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan

11. Set targets for EV charging installations, for all types of vehicles

Set ambitious targets for putting EV charging connectors in key areas such as apartment buildings, workplaces, downtown cores, along highways and remote travel corridors, and at fleet depots. Expand current funding programs to achieve those targets. Ensure charging access for all Canadians by setting targets specific to northern, rural, and indigenous communities.

12. Make one-million condo and apartments EV ready over five years

Nearly 30% of Canadians live in apartments or condos. A lack of EV charging access in these buildings creates a major barrier to EV uptake. Government should take immediate steps to make one-million parking spaces in these buildings EV ready. Achieve this goal by allocating $1-billion over five years to make one-million existing condominium and apartment parking stalls ZEV-ready.

Policy Details

13. Add EV charging requirements to national building codes

Establish provisions in the National Model Building and Electrical Codes to have all new residential parking spots be “EV-ready” and 20%-40% of new non-residential parking spots to include the basic electrical infrastructure needed for EV charging. Cities should also be encouraged to play a leadership role by developing their own EV-ready requirements.

14. Put underutilized government lands to work: establish public charging “hubs”

To support access to charging in urban areas for those without reliable home charging access, establish charging hubs on underused government lands, particularly in high-density urban areas. Charging hubs should be large, open to all charging operators without exclusivity, and accessible to the public without the need to pay a parking fee while charging.

15. Provide a connection rebate to cover costs levied by utilities when building large-scale charging stations

Moving freight and large volumes of passenger vehicles with electricity will require electrical service upgrades to accommodate the power needs of large-scale charging infrastructure. These installations are costly today. Federal and provincial governments, electric utilities, provincial regulators and charging operators must work together to better allocate these costs while recognizing the economic opportunities. In the near-term, Canada can support charging investments by providing time-limited rebates for large-scale charging investments.

16. Include EV charger installation in home energy retrofit programs

Hundreds of thousands of older Canadian homes have outdated electrical panels, making it difficult and sometimes impossible to install an EV charger. EVs being three-times more energy efficient than gas cars and contributing to reduce GHG emissions, existing home energy retrofit programs should support the installation of newer, more efficient electrical panels and EV charging infrastructure.

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