The province is investing $20 million this year from the $325 million Ontario Green Investment Fund to build more public charging stations for electric vehicles as part of the new Climate Change Strategy.
Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister of Environment and Climate Change Glen Murray made the announcement while taking part in the United Nations’ 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) on climate change in Paris.
As part of the program the province is looking for public and private sector partners to create a network of fast-charging electric vehicle stations in cities, along highways and at workplaces, apartments, condominiums and public places across Ontario.
Wynne says a shift to low- and zero-emission vehicles is vital to the fight against climate change and to achieve Ontario’s greenhouse gas pollution reduction target of 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050.
The province already provides rebates of up to $8,500 for people who purchase electric vehicles. There are approximately 5,400 electric vehicles currently registered in Ontario.
Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca says the “This is great news for drivers in Ontario. By investing in charging infrastructure that is fast, reliable and affordable we will encourage more Ontarians to purchase electric vehicles, reducing greenhouse gas pollution and keeping our air clean.”