Milton MP announces investment in EV chargers to put Canada on road to net zero

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Published July 28, 2021 at 2:10 pm

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Milton MP Adam van Koeverden and the Canadian government are delivering the charge into making it easier for Canadians to drive electric vehicles.

Van Koeverden, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth and to the Minister of Canadian Heritage (Sport), on behalf of Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, announced a $2.3-million investment to Anvil Crawler Development Corporation to install 36 electric vehicle (EV) chargers across Ontario.

Supporters of the initiative include Anvil Crawler, Opus One Solutions, SWTCH, Energy+ Inc. and Elexicon Energy, as well as site host partners, bringing the total project cost to $6.7 million.

The goal is to put Canada on the road to a net-zero future.

“We’re giving Canadians the greener options they want to get to where they need to go, ” O’Regan Jr. said. “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 Ontario.

“This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”

Funded through Natural Resources Canada’s Green Infrastructure – Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Demonstration Program, the project aims to accelerate the market entry of next-generation clean energy technologies.

All chargers will be available for public use by September 30, 2022.

“The fight against climate change has never been more important, ” van Koeverden said. “Continuing our country’s push towards a greener, more sustainable economy is one of our government’s top priorities, and this new funding will help ensure we’re connecting the country in new and innovative ways while investing in a green future.

“This is yet another example of our commitment to making Canada a global leader in the battle against climate change.”

In an effort to make EVs more affordable and charging infrastructure more locally accessible, Canada has invested over $1 billion of fast chargers across the country since 2015.

There are now over 6,000 publically accessible charging stations across Canada. A number that will grow to 17,000 with the investments in charging infrastructure made so far.

Canadians are also provided with incentives of up to $5,000 from the government to help Canadians buy EVs, as well as full tax write-offs for businesses purchasing them.

These investments support Canada’s new mandatory target of 100-percent zero-emission light-duty vehicle sales by 2035.

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