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Federal government announces over $4M in funding for ZEV awareness projects

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The funding is meant to promote and encourage the purchase and adoption of electric vehicles across the country.

Federal government announces over $4M in funding for ZEV education projects

OTTAWA — On Feb. 11, as part of a virtual event with Eco-West Canada and Alberta Motor Transport Association, Julie Dabrusin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, announced a combined investment totalling $4,646,577 to 22 organizations in Canada to undertake zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) awareness projects. These projects will help Canadians know about the clean options available when choosing their next vehicle.

These projects include:

  • $300,000 to Eco-West Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba, to deliver a series of webinars and workshops to help increase EV adoption in the Prairies;
  • $300,000 to Alberta Motor Transport Association in Rocky ViewAlberta, to deliver Canada’s first public heavy-duty hydrogen vehicle demonstration project;
  • $300,000 to the City of Toronto to raise awareness around EV adoption and EV technology options within the greater Toronto area;
  • $50,000 to Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley in Canmore, Alberta, to design and implement a series of webinars, which will cover various topics relating to ZEVs;
  • $71,560 to Eastern Charlotte Waterways Inc. in Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick, to increase knowledge and understanding around electric vehicles while reducing community and corporate greenhouse gas emissions;
  • $100,000 to the Community Energy Association in Vancouver, British Columbia, to address a gap in current ZEV outreach initiatives to Indigenous communities and to employ Indigenous values and priorities in guiding the implementation of ZEV awareness activities for these communities;
  • $101,775 to McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, to develop educational tools and to promote best practices to support ZEV fleet adoption awareness in transit;
  • $128,448 to Upcycle Green Technology – Auto Shop Inc. to promote the adoption of ZEVs in Atlantic Canada through digital media and engagement sessions;
  • $147,810 to Three Nations Energy GP Inc. in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, to raise awareness around the benefits of electric vehicles (EVs) to encourage the adoption of electric trucks/vans within the Fort Chipewyan community;
  • $150,000 to Volta Research in Toronto, Ontario, to raise awareness about Vehicle to Grid (V2G) opportunities and benefits with current and prospective EV owners to help promote the uptake of ZEVs;
  • $157,412 to EcoSchools Canada in Toronto, Ontario, to promote and increase awareness around ZEVs and low-carbon commuting among young new drivers across all of Canada by developing new tools and resources;
  • $187,500 to Wyse Meter Solutions Inc. in Concord, Ontario, to showcase EV technology and infrastructure deployment options available for property owners and residents;
  • $224,000 to the Capital Regional District in Victoria, British Columbia, to increase knowledge of the advantages of EVs and electric bicycle (e-bike) ownership in the capital region of Southern Vancouver Island through the development of a ZEV mobile demonstration unit;
  • $225,000 to Red River College in Winnipeg, Manitoba to research and distribute informational material on workplace EV charging;
  • $225,970 to the Green Learning Canada Foundation in Drayton Valley, Alberta, to support 65 youths in Alberta in developing a pilot education program that supports the electrification of transportation;
  • $238,900 to the New Brunswick Lung Association in Fredericton, New Brunswick, to promote the benefits of low-carbon commuting and address common misconceptions, as well as to build capacity among aligned organizations across Atlantic Canada with the objectives of increasing EV adoption in the region;
  • $250,000 to the City of Edmonton in Alberta to raise awareness of ZEVs and charging infrastructure by organizing tradeshows and workshops;
  • $291,030 to the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne in Quebec to execute Phase 1 of a multi-phased project that includes the installation and promotion of EV chargers;
  • $297,270 to HydroQuébec to promote the advantages of driving electric through various activities, events and workshops;
  • $299,902 to the Environmental Careers Organization of Canada in Calgary, Alberta, to engage rural, remote and Indigenous communities across Canada to inform, educate, and provide resources that will increase awareness, knowledge and confidence in ZEVs;
  • $300,000 to H2GO Canada Inc. in Toronto, Ontario, to target knowledge barriers to the adoption of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) among identified audience segments within commercial truck, transit bus and taxi/limo fleet operations; and
  • $300,000 to the Fondation québécoise d’éducation en sécurité routière in Laval, Quebec, to implement a single large event to raise EV awareness, and to educate and build public confidence in zero-emission vehicles.



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