PEI Electric Vehicle Charging Funding Program (PEI EVCF Program)
The PEI government is encouraging business and community organizations across the province to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations targeted for business and public use.
PEI electric vehicle charger funding will support up to 75% of eligible costs for business, academic and community organizations in PEI to install commercial EV chargers in public parking areas, workplaces, light-duty vehicle fleet parking, and designated multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs). More detail is offered under definitions below.
How do I access EV charger funding?
Read through the eligibility below and then click the Apply Now button at the bottom of the page.
Applications for EV chargers will be accepted until July 2024 or earlier if the EV charging funding program is oversubscribed. Once the application is approved, the EV charger must be installed within six months.
Is my organization eligible for EV charger funding?
Your organization must be a not-for-profit or for-profit entity incorporated in PEI. This includes but is not limited to: Indigenous First Nations and organizations, municipal governments or their departments or agencies, community organizations, electrical utilities, companies/businesses, industry associations, research associations, standards organizations, or academic institutions.
An individual or any federal (Government of Canada) department, Crown corporation or agency is not eligible for EVCF funding.
Is my project eligible for funding?
To qualify for support for electric vehicle charging stations, your organization must demonstrate the EV charger being installed:
- Is purchased new equipment certified for use in Canada (not leased);
- Meets technology requirements as described in the funding table and definitions section below;
- Is a permanent model (mounted or fixed) and situated on land the applicant owns or has approval to access;
- Complies with all applicable local codes and bylaws, i.e. zoning and parking;
- Targets general public use and installed in a parking space clearly identified for the purpose of charging electric vehicles; and
- Can be fully installed within six months of pre-approval.
What level of funding is available?
The EVCF Program will contribute 75% of total projects costs (eligible expenditures only) up to the maximum amounts as shown below. Each EVCF application will be limited to 20 chargers or less, and $100,000.
Type of Charger
Maximum Funding –
NRCan & GPEI
TOTAL FUNDING through EVCF Program
Level 2 (208 / 240 V) connectors
3.3 kW to 19.2 kW
Any EV charger commercially available and CSA, ULC, UL or Interlink certified for use in Canada. The charger must have a SAE J1772 standard plug head or be a proprietary** connector type rated for a minimum of 3.3 kW power output.
NRCan: Up to 50% of total project costs, to a maximum of $5,000 per connector*
GPEI: Up to 25% of total project costs, to a maximum of $2,500 per connector*
Up to 75% of total project costs, to a maximum of $7,500 per connector*
20 kW to 49 kW
Any EV fast charger commercially available and CSA, ULC, UL or Interlink certified for use in Canada. The fast charger must have at least one (1) charger connector that is CHAdeMO compliant or one (1) charger connector that is SAE Combo or be a proprietary** connector type rated for a minimum of 20 kW power output.
NRCan: Up to 50% of total project costs, to a maximum of $15,000 per fast charger
GPEI: Up to 25% of total project costs, to a maximum of $7,500 per fast charger
Up to 75% of total project costs, to a maximum of $22,500 per fast charger
Fast Charger 50 kW and above
Any EV fast charger commercially available and CSA, ULC, UL or Interlink certified for use in Canada. The fast charger must have at least one (1) charger connector that is CHAdeMO compliant or one (1) charger connector that is SAE J1772 Combo (CCS) or be a proprietary** connector type rated for a minimum of 50 kW power output.
NRCan: Up to 50% of total project costs, to a maximum of $50,000 per fast charger
GPEI: Up to 25% of total project costs, to a maximum of $25,00 per fast charger
Up to 75% of total project costs, to a maximum of $75,000 per fast charger
* For level 2 charging stations: In order to consider the funding per connector, each connector must be able to charge a vehicle and support a parking space simultaneously. Fast charging station funding is based on the number of chargers.
**Proprietary connector types can represent a maximum of 75% of all charging connectors installed at the same project site. The remaining balance (25% or more) must be universal charging connectors (J1772, J1772 Combo or CHAdeMO) of the same category (i.e. Level 2 or fast charger).
Adapted from Clean Fuels Branch (September 2020), Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program, Request for Project Proposals for Delivery Organizations, Applicant’s Guide.
Eligible expenditures for approved projects must be related directly to the installation of EV chargers and may include:
- Salary and benefits;
- Professional services (e.g. scientific, technical, management; contracting; engineering; construction; installation, testing and commissioning of equipment; training; marketing; data collection; logistics; maintenance; printing; distribution);
- Capital expenses, including informatics and other equipment or infrastructure;
- Rental fees or leasing costs;
- License fees and permits;
- Costs associated with Environmental Assessments; and
- HST net of any tax rebate to which the recipient is entitled.
More detailed information about eligible expenditures as it relates to salaries and benefits, professional services, reasonable travel costs, capital expenses, overhead expenses is available upon request.
Ineligible expenditures include the following:
- Land costs,
- Legal costs,
- Ongoing operating costs (e.g. electricity consumption, operation, maintenance, networking fees, subscription fees, etc.), and
- Costs incurred outside the Eligible Expenditure Period.
What do I need to complete the online application?
You will be asked to provide
- Business identity and contact details
- Address of installation, if different from business address
- Proof of PEI entity, i.e. business number
- Project details including
- Project title and description highlighting beneficial impacts, feasibility risks and mitigation measures
- Project timelines, i.e. installation target date
- Installation Property ID and GPS coordinates
- Facility type, i.e. public-use parking area, municipal centre, service station, professional office, hotel, MURB
- Charger type: Level 2 208/2240V, fast charger 20-49KW, or fast charger 50KW and above
- Financial information including:
- Equipment and installation cost
- Other funding sources
- Uploaded documents including:
- Proof of location property ownership or access approval
- Proof of approval to install at selected location
- Quote for cost of completed project from licensed electrician or electrical contractor
How long will it take to process my application?
Notice of pre-approval will be issued within 30-60 days of submission.
Charging Connector: is the plug on the power cord that connects the supply device to the charging outlets on the EV.
Charging Station: is the device used to provide electricity to an EV for the purpose of charging the vehicle’s onboard battery.
Connected EV Chargers: are those chargers that have the ability to communicate to other stations and/or to a server or the cloud through cellular/wireless signal or connected vehicle communications using software to report on usage and/or other capabilities such as providing real-time status of charging stations.
Light-Duty Vehicle Fleets: A light-duty vehicle is considered as having a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of less than or equal to 3,856 kg. Light-duty fleet vehicles are owned or leased by an organization and used in support of organizational or business operations and activities. Light-duty vehicle fleets are composed of multiple vehicles and are managed by common ownership. Examples of light-duty vehicle fleets include a fleet of taxis, car rentals, municipal vehicles, car sharing, etc.
Multi-Unit Residential Building (MURB): infrastructure in parking spaces where people live. To be designated as a MURB the building must include a minimum of three (3) dwelling units.
On-street: curbside charging infrastructure for public use and is managed by local governments.
Public Places: parking areas intended for public use that are privately or publicly owned and operated. Examples of public places include, but are not limited to: service stations; retail; restaurants; arenas; libraries; medical offices; hotels and inns, etc.
Workplaces: a location where employees perform duties related to a job. Charging infrastructure must be primarily used by the employees. Charging infrastructure installations at a private residence, even if a business is registered at the same address, are not included in this category.
What are the terms and conditions of the application and funding?
View the full terms and conditions.