OTTAWA – The Trudeau Liberal government announced $310,000 in funding to install 44 electric vehicle (EV) chargers in Calgary and Edmonton to help Albertans reach a net-zero future.
Calgary will install 20 EV chargers at major light rail transit stations and recreation centres throughout the city, which together with ENMAX Utilities is contributing over $125,000 to bring the total funding for the project to over $225,000.
“We’re giving Canadians the greener options they want to get to where they need to go,” said Seamus O’Regan Jr.
Minister of Natural Resources.
.“We’re building a coast-to-coast network of electric vehicle charging stations from St. John’s to Victoria, and now we’re building more right here in Alberta. This is how we get to net-zero by 2050.”
In Edmonton, EPCOR Utilities Inc. will install 24 new chargers at 13 sites — all of them close to busy recreational facilities — with an additional contribution of $330,000, putting the total funding for this project to over $540,000.
Federal funding for both projects, which will be available for public use December 31, is provided by Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program.
Since 2015, Canada has invested more $1 billion to make EVs more affordable and charging infrastructure more locally accessible.
The federal government also provides incentives of up to $5,000 to help Canadians buy EVs and full tax write-offs for businesses purchasing them.
These investments support Canada’s new mandatory target of 100-per cent zero-emission light-duty vehicle sales by 2035 and to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.