Ontario providing $91M to make EV chargers more accessible
Building on the Ivy Charging Network, this funding will add more EV chargers all across Ontario, including highway rest stops, carpool parking lots and Ontario parks.
TORONTO – The Ontario government is providing $91 million to help make electric vehicle (EV) chargers more accessible to the public across the province. The investment hopes to support the uptake of electric vehicles and further strengthen Ontario’s auto industry.
“This investment is the next step forward that will help fill gaps in public charging infrastructure and strengthen Ontario’s position as a leader in battery electric vehicle production,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “Providing all Ontarians with convenient, public access to fast and reliable charging will help us move towards our goal of making Made-in-Ontario electric vehicles the top choice for both passenger and commercial drivers.”
Building on the Ivy Charging Network, this funding will add more EV chargers all across Ontario, including highway rest stops, carpool parking lots, Ontario Parks and in community hubs like hockey arenas and municipal parks.
The province will also introduce the Rural Connectivity Fund to provide rural municipalities the opportunity to apply for provincial funding to support the installation of EV chargers in their communities. Once launched, the new program would put communities in the driver’s seat and ensure EV chargers are placed at local points of interest to encourage adoption outside of urban centres. Currently though, there is no incentive for municipalities to apply for provincial funding beyond seeing more EV chargers in their communities.
“Our government is getting shovels in the ground to build critical EV charging infrastructure across our province so workers and families can travel with confidence,” said Todd Smith, Minister of Energy. “Today’s investment in new public charging stations, alongside our work to reduce electricity prices and provide an ultra-low overnight electricity price plan, will support EV adoption and boost our world-leading auto sector as we build the cars of the future here in Ontario.”
Additionally, the government says they will support the development of business cases for the electric and low emission conversion of the Ontario Public Service fleet and the GO Transit network.