Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson in Quebec City on Aug. 30, announcing new money for EV chargers. Twitter/Jonathan Wilkinson

 

QUEBEC CITY – In its unending quest to rid Canada of the gasoline-fueled automobile and replace it with the battery-driven one, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources dished out $30 million in Quebec for new electric vehicle chargers on Aug. 30.

Sometimes you just have to read the press release verbatim. Here it is:

The Government of Canada is supporting Canadians in saving money and reducing pollution by making the switch to electric vehicles (EVs). From mining critical minerals to minerals processing to battery and EV manufacturing, the global shift toward EVs is creating economic opportunities in every region of the country.

The Government of Canada is building a coast-to-coast-to-coast network of charging stations where they are most needed — along highways, in public places and in multi-use residential buildings, at workplaces and for vehicle fleets. To date, the federal government has committed support the installation of over 45,000 chargers across the country.

Today, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, concluded a zero-emissions vehicle tour from Montréal to Trois-Rivières and Québec City. He was joined by representatives from industry to announce nearly $30 million in federal investment to deliver over 1,500 additional EV chargers across Quebec, including over 400 fast chargers.

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Today’s investments provide federal support for 1,578 chargers across 18 projects, including;

  • $21.7 million to Hydro-Québecto install 1194 chargers, including 385 fast chargers
  • $4,4 million to the Canadian National Railway Company to support 62 fast chargers at train stations across Canada, including 12 in Quebec
  • $1.3 million to Les Pétroles R.L. Inc. to deploy 57 chargers across Quebec
  • $375,000 to Bell Canadato install 75 Level 2 chargers at workplaces across Quebec
  • $300,000 to Syndicat des copropriétaires Lowney sur Ville to install 60 Level 2 chargers in multi-use residential buildings (MURBS) in Montreal
  • $133,775 to the Conseil régional de l’environnement et du développement durable de l’Outaouais to deliver 23 chargers across the Outaouais region
  • $88,311 to the Montreal-Trudeau International Airport to support the installation of 31 EV chargers
  • Funding to help install another 126 chargers across the province, all of which will be available by 2025

In addition to supporting charger deployment, the Government of Canada is helping consumers move toward more affordable and clean transportation. That is why, to date, almost 260,000 incentives to buy or lease a zero-emission vehicle have been provided to Canadians and Canadian businesses — including almost 137,000 from Quebec.

The Government of Canada is also delivering historic investments in the future of electrified public transportation. In May, the Government of Canada announced an investment of over $780 million to support the purchase of 1,229 electric buses in Quebec and enhance the provincial network of electric public transit.

The Government of Canada is working with industry to create good jobs and economic opportunities in these growing clean industries. Such opportunities include chargers manufactured at FLO’s facility in Shawinigan, lithium responsibly produced in James Bay and batteries made at Ford’s new facility in Bécancour.

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The following quotes were also provided:

“Canadians are making the switch to EVs because it is a great way to save money while ensuring clean air in our communities and fighting climate change. It’s also, overall, a better driving experience. We’re making electric vehicles more affordable and charging more available where Canadians live, work and play. Today, I announced federal investments to deliver over 1,500 new chargers across Quebec, from Rimouski to Gatineau and beyond. This will put more Canadians in the driver’s seat on the road to a prosperous net-zero future.”

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson
Minister of Energy and Natural Resources

“The Government of Canada is helping Canadians play a key role in the solution to the climate crisis.  Making the switch to zero-emission vehicles leads to a greener, cleaner transportation sector and brings us one step closer to achieving Canada’s target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”

The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez
Minister of Transport

“We are investing in charging infrastructure for electric vehicles here in Quebec and across the country. This will clear a path to lower transportation emissions and cleaner air, and low-cost and accessible options to more households. We are building the net-zero economy of the future, and we are doing it right now.”

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault
Minister of Environment and Climate Change

“Quebec has set ambitious targets for the electrification of transportation, and Hydro-Québec will play its full part in supporting this transition. We are pleased to be able to count on the support of Natural Resources Canada for the deployment of public charging stations in Quebec. Their contribution will help us achieve our objectives in the deployment of charging stations and continue to offer a reliable and accessible network to all electric vehicle drivers.”

France Lampron
Head of the Electric Circuit, Hydro-Québec

“As one of the largest fleet operators in Canada, adding thousands of electric vehicles by 2027 is a key initiative for Bell to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This investment is a great step forward and directly aligns with our Bell for Better objective to achieve carbon neutral operations starting in 2025.”

Jean-Luc Riverin
President, Bell Technical Solutions

“With more and more Canadians choosing electric vehicles, this is a vital and valuable investment that will make it easier and more affordable for them to get where they’re going while helping to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions. We applaud the federal government’s leadership and thank Minister Wilkinson for his engagement in helping drive the transition to electric vehicles through the accelerated deployment of EV charging infrastructure across Canada.”

The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez Minister of Transport

 

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