Glossary

Eligible Costs and Technologies

Covered costs

Eligible costs for an approved project must be directly related to the installation of EV chargers and will 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
  • GST, PST and HST net of any tax rebate to which the recipient is entitled.

Costs not considered eligible:

  • In-kind*;
  • 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, including those for preparing this application.

* In-kind contributions from the recipient and its partners count towards the total project costs. If a proponent chooses to include In-kind support as part of the total project costs, it must be verifiable and directly in support of the project. Further details are available in Section 5 of this Guide.

Level 2 (208/240V) Connectors 3.3Kw to 19.2Kw

Any EV charging station commercially available and CSA, ULC, UL or Interlink certified for use in Canada. The charging station must have a SAE J1772 standard plug head or be a proprietary** connector type rated for a minimum of 3.3 kW power output.

Maximum Funding: Up to 50% of total project costs, to a maximum of $5,000 per connector*

Maximum of 20 stations or $100,000 across all project sites.

Fast charging station 20 kW to 49 kW (DC Fast)

Any EV fast charging station commercially available and CSA, ULC, UL or Interlink certified for use in Canada. The fast charging station must have at least one (1) charging station connector that is CHAdeMO compliant and one (1) charging station connector that is SAE Combo or be a proprietary** connector type rated for a minimum of 20 kW power output.

Maximum Funding: Up to 50% of total project costs, to a maximum of $15,000 per fast charging station.

Maximum of 6 stations or $100,000 across all project sites.

Fast charging station 50 kW and above (DC Fast+)

Any EV fast charging station commercially available and CSA, ULC, UL or Interlink certified for use in Canada. The fast charging station must have at least one (1) charging station connector that is CHAdeMO compliant and one (1) charging station connector that is SAE J1772 Combo (CCS) or be a proprietary** connector type rated for a minimum of 50 kW power output.

Maximum Funding: Up to 50% of total project costs, to a maximum of $50,000 per fast charging station

Maximum of 6 stations or $100,000 across all project sites.

Eligible Project Site Types

Public Parking Lot

Public places are defined as parking areas intended for public use. Parking areas can be privately or publicly owned and operated. Examples of public places include, but are not limited to: service stations; retail; restaurants; arenas; libraries; medical offices; park and ride; etc.

Public On-Street Parking

Public On-street charging is the same as Public Parking Lots above, but located curbside rather than in an off-street parking lot.

Workplaces

A workplace is defined as 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.

Multi-Unit Residential Building (MURB)

MURB charging is defined as infrastructure in parking spaces where people live. For the purpose of the ZEVIP, to be designated as a MURB the building must include a minimum of three (3) dwelling units.

  • Apartment buildings are those in which the units are rented by residents
  • Condominiums are those in which the units are owned by residents

Process and Service Details

Selecting Projects

Based on the information submitted in the Prequalification Form, TAF calculates a score for the project to determine if it will be funded. Priority is given to the following, though projects not meeting all or any of these criteria are still eligible to apply:

  • Multi-Unit Residential Buildings (MURBs) and Public Places
  • Sites with amenities nearby, like transit, entertainment, and public washrooms (MURBs excepted)
  • Sites with accessible parking for the charging stations
  • Sites in areas with a lower density of existing public charging stations per capita, compared to the rest of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)

Turnkey Provider Info

Signature Electric
Max Marmer, Director, Strategy & Operations
max@signatureelectric.ca

EV Direct
Manny Alter, Director of Business Development
manny@evdirect.ca

Both EVDirect and Signature Electric have extensive experience with EV charging installation and can support your project from planning all the way through to having the stations installed and operational. Applicants are welcome to use any or all of their services and would contract with those firms directly to do so.

The funding of Technical Advisory Services covers 100% of the following services up to $1,000 per project site, up to a maximum of $3,000 total – applicants with multiple installation sites can claim this for each location. Applicants using vendors other than the two listed above are eligible to claim this funding as well, pending approval of the vendor by TAF.

Eligible Organizations

Eligible applicants must be legal entities validly incorporated or registered in Canada including not-for-profit and for-profit organizations such as:

  • Electricity or gas utilities
  • Companies
  • Industry associations
  • Research associations
  • Standards organizations
  • Indigenous and community groups
  • Academic institutions
  • Provincial, territorial, regional or municipal governments or their departments or agencies
  • Federal Government entities, such as Federal Departments, Federal Crown Corporations or Federal Agencies are ineligible for ZEVIP funding. Complete list of federal organizations.

Eligible Technical Advisory Services

  • In-person site visit
  • Technical consultation
  • Determining the best type of charger(s) for the site
  • Determining the best location(s) for the new Charger(s) based on the size and layout of the site and the client's wishes
  • Determining what panel(s) these chargers will be fed from
  • Determining if a new service will be required for this charger / these chargers
  • Providing a written quotation for this / these charger(s)
  • Determining the best location(s) for the new panel based on the size and layout of the garage
  • Determining what switch may be in place or need to be added to feed this panel
  • Determining if a transformer will be needed and where this will be located
  • Providing a written quotation for this / these new panel(s)

Definitions

Turnkey Program

The Turnkey Program is designed to provide applicants with support in planning their projects and delivering all of the services associated with installing charging stations. Applicants who opt for this service may choose from two pre-approved providers with extensive experience designing and executing charging station installations. Alternatively, applicants may choose their own services provider with advance approval from TAF. Upon execution of a Contribution Agreement with TAF and receipt of invoice from an approved provider, TAF will cover up to $1,000 per project site for these technical advisory services, up to a maximum of $3,000 total.

Technical Advisory Services

To be used towards a site assessment or other project planning, application support and advisory services. Services must be provided by a turnkey provider from TAF’s referral program, or another provider approved in advance by TAF.

Maximum Funding: Up to $1,000 per project site, up to a maximum of $3,000 total.

Priority Locations

At the municipal level, these municipalities have a lower-than-average number of charging stations per capita. There are neighbourhoods within other municipalities in the GTHA which meet this criterion as well, and we take this into account when evaluating applications. So even if your city is not listed here, please still consider applying.

  • Clarington
  • Scugog
  • Uxbridge
  • Georgina
  • Whitchurch-Stouffville
  • Halton Hills
  • Oshawa
  • Hamilton
  • Richmond Hill
  • Caledon
  • East Gwillimbury
  • Newmarket
  • Vaughan

Designated Project

Examples of a "designated project" (listed in the Schedule to the Physical Activities Regulations) include major infrastructure and resource development projects, such as certain mines, oil facilities, bridges, roads and dams, or other projects designed by the Minister. Examples of a “project” (defined in Section 81, Impact Assessment Act) include the construction, expansion, operation, decommissioning or abandonment of smaller structures such as observation blinds, boardwalks, field camps, and small wind or wave turbines carried out on federal lands

Avg. time spent parked

Typical time spent parked - estimate. (Generally, Level 2 should be used for locations where time spent parked is greater than 2 hours, and DC Fast for less than 2 hours)

Proprietary connector types

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 and CHAdeMO) of the same category (i.e. Level 2 or fast charger).

Any charging stations which meet the following criteria will be eligible.

  • Be an eligible technology as described below:
    • Level 2 (208/240V) Connectors 3.3Kw to 19.2Kw
      • Any EV charging station commercially available and CSA, ULC, UL or Interlink certified for use in Canada.
      • The charging station must have a SAE J1772 standard plug head or be a proprietary* connector type rated for a minimum of 3.3 kW power output.
    • Fast charging station 20 kW to 49 kW (DC Fast)
      • Any EV fast charging station commercially available and CSA, ULC, UL or Interlink certified for use in Canada.
      • The fast charging station must have at least one (1) charging station connector that is CHAdeMO compliant and one (1) charging station connector that is SAE Combo or be a proprietary* connector type rated for a minimum of 20 kW power output.
    • Fast charging station 50 kW and above (DC Fast+)
      • Any EV fast charging station commercially available and CSA, ULC, UL or Interlink certified for use in Canada.
      • The fast charging station must have at least one (1) charging station connector that is CHAdeMO compliant and one (1) charging station connector that is SAE J1772 Combo (CCS) or be a proprietary* connector type rated for a minimum of 50 kW power output.
  • Be a permanent installation (mounted or fixed models);
  • Be new and purchased equipment (not leased);
  • Be for a new installation or expansion of an existing installation (not for the replacement of an existing installation);
  • Be “connected” or “networked” - having the ability to communicate to other stations and/or to a server or the cloud and report on usage of the stations.

*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 and CHAdeMO) of the same category (i.e. Level 2 or fast charger).