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Who is ZEVIP for?

The Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP) is a broad program aimed at making EV charging more accessible for Canadians coast to coast. The initiative is administered by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and is planned to run until 2027. The program offers up to a 50% financial contribution to help deploy EV chargers in the following use cases or "streams":

  • Public Places: including but not limited to service stations, retail, restaurants, arenas, libraries, medical offices, park and ride, etc.

  • On-Street: EV charging deployed by local governments along public streets.

  • Workplaces: any location where employees perform duties related to their job.

  • Light, Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Fleets: including fleets of taxis, car rentals, municipal vehicles, car sharing, last-mile delivery trucks, school buses, refuse trucks, public utility vehicles, etc.

  • Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURBs): any residential building with at least three (3) dwelling units.

To learn more about how ChargeLab software works in any of the scenarios above, visit our use cases page.

The most important nuance of ZEVIP is that it is a multi-phase, RFP-based program. While the overall program addresses many use cases, specific RFPs will address different use-cases at different times. If your business is seeking funding to deploy workplace EV chargers and you apply to the fleet RFP, your application will be rejectedβ€”and vice versa.

Here is a detailed breakdown of the past, current, and planned future rounds of ZEVIP:

RFP Launch Date Submission Deadline Status Focus
ZEVIP round 1 Jun 2019 Sep 2019 Closed Public Places and On-Street
ZEVIP round 2 Feb 2020 Jun 2020 Closed MURBs, Workplaces, and Light-Duty Fleets
ZEVIP round 3 Sep 2020 Dec 2020 Closed Third-party delivery agents*
All Streams 2021 Mar 2021 Jun 2021 Closed Public Places, On-Street, MURBs, and Workplaces
Strategic Projects 2021 Apr 2021 Jul 2021 Closed Light, Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicle Fleets; Mass Transit
Third Party Delivery 2021 Aug 2021 Nov 2021 Closed Third-party delivery agents*
All Streams 2022 Feb 2022 Aug 2022 Closed Public Places, On-Street, MURBs, and Workplaces
All Streams 2023 Spring 2023 TBD Coming soon Public Places, On-Street, MURBs, and Workplaces
All Streams 2024 Spring 2024 TBD Planned Public Places, On-Street, MURBs, and Workplaces
All Streams 2025 Spring 2025 TBD Planned Public Places, On-Street, MURBs, and Workplaces

*Third-party delivery RFPs will focus on eligible Delivery Organizations to distribute a component of the ZEVIP funding to Ultimate Recipients to install electric vehicle charging infrastructure projects in public places, on-street, in multi-unit residential buildings, at workplaces, or for light-duty vehicle fleets.

How does it work?

Natural Resources Canada releases an Applicants Guide at the start of each ZEVIP round. Organizations have until the submission deadline to put together a detailed project proposal. After a review period, NRCan will send notices of funding decisions to app applicants.

Successful applicants will receive a Letter of Conditional Approval and shortly afterwards sign a Contribution Agreement with NRCan. Each round of ZEVIP has different requirements for minimum and maximum project size, deployment timeline, and supported use cases.

What does it cover?

For accepted ZEVIP projects, NRCan contributes 50% of Total Project Costs up to a maximum per-charger amount. Eligible costs include site design, project management, EV chargers, installation costs, licenses/permits, and other direct deployment costs.

For most ZEVIP RFPs, NRCan contributions are conditionally repayable. If you profit from EV chargers funded by the program, you must repay NRCan's contribution on a pro-rata basis.

The maximum funding per type of EV charger is as follows:

Type of Infrastructure Output Power Maximum Funding
Level 2 charger 3.3 kW to 19.2 kW $5,000 per port
DC fast charger 20 kW to 49 kW $15,000 per fast-charger
DC fast charger 50 kW to 99 kW $50,000 per fast-charger
DC fast charger 100 kW to 199 kW $75,000 per fast-charger
DC fast charger 200 kW and above $100,000 per fast-charger
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ZEVIP is a competitive program administered by NRCan. ChargeLab is not a delivery agent of NRCan and has no influence over the ZEVIP selection process.
For the most comprehensive information on ZEVIP, check the official webpage: https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy-efficiency/transportation-alternative-fuels/zero-emission-vehicle-infrastructure-program/21876

Get help with your ZEVIP application

Our turnkey partners specialize in the supply and installation of EV chargers powered by ChargeLab's back-end software. The Canadian partners listed below have experience evaluating projects for ZEVIP eligibility and supporting site hosts throughout the ZEVIP application process.

Click on a card below to visit a turnkey provider's website. Contact these providers to learn about their ZEVIP offering.

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