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EV Chargers and Installation Costs

How it works

The Government of Canada recognizes that when it comes to widespread electric vehicle adoption, infrastructure must lead consumer behaviour. To that end, the federal government has committed $280-million over five years (2019-2024) to deploy a network of zero-emission vehicle charging (level 2 and higher) and refuelling stations across Canada through a program known as known as the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP). 

Current Funding Available

Efficiency Nova Scotia has two programs available:

EV Ready Approach, a program pathway provides two rebates to support the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations within multi-unit residential buildings (MURBS). Producing an EV Ready Plan, and if approved, being eligible for 50% coverage to install chargers according to your approved plan. 

Standalone EV Charger, a rebate for installing eligible charging stations at existing apartment and condo buildings with four or more residential units located in Nova Scotia. This pathway provides lower rebates compared to the EV Ready Approach, but it’s a simpler process for smaller projects or when installing your initial charging stations. Rebates of 50% of eligible costs, up to $2,500 per station (max $10,000 per building) are available for existing buildings.

PEI’s Electric Vehicle Charging Funding Program (PEI EVCF Program) 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). 

NL Hydro’s Commercial EV Charger Rebate provides qualified applicants looking to install Level 2 or Level 3 electric vehicle chargers at workplaces, for light-duty electric fleet vehicles, in public places or on-street with a rebate for up to 50% of the costs to purchase and install eligible chargers, for a maximum of up to $5,000 per Level 2 charger, and up to $50,000 per Level 3 Direct Current Fast Charger (DCFC).

What Will the Programs Fund?

Most funding is applicable to all expenditures directly related to the installation of charging stations in public places, on-street, in multi-unit residential buildings, at workplaces, or academic institutions. Be sure to check the specific details for each program on what they consider to be included in total project costs. 

How Much Can I Get?


The Efficiency Nova Scotia EV Ready Plan Rebate will cover 75% of eligible costs, up to $4,000 for existing buildings, or up to $3,000 for new construction.

If the EV Ready Plan is approved, a further EV Ready Charger Rebate is available, covering 50% of eligible costs up to $3,000 per charger to a max. of $15,000 per building for existing buildings, or 50% of eligible costs up to $2,000 per charger to a max. of $10,000 per building for new construction.

The Efficiency Nova Scotia Standalone Charger Rebate will cover 50% of project costs up to $2,500 per charging station, up to a maximum of $10,000 per building. 


PEI’s Electric Vehicle Charging Funding Program (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.



NL Hydro’s Commercial EV Charger Rebate provides qualified applicants a rebate for up to 50% of the costs to purchase and install eligible chargers, for a maximum of up to $5,000 per Level 2 charger, and up to $50,000 per Level 3 Direct Current Fast Charger (DCFC). Applicants can apply for up to 19 level 2 chargers, or six 20kW-49kW Direct Current Fast Chargers, or one 50kW or greater Direct Current Fast Charger per entity, with a maximum of 10 distinct sites.

How Do I Get Funding?

Funding will be delivered through third-party organizations. This is where Catalyst comes in. We work with a recognized third-party delivery organization, and have extensive experience helping businesses apply for and receive program funding. Contact us to start the process today, there’s no commitment or fee for our assistance with your application. We simply want to help electrify the transportation industry. To date, we’ve helped applicants secure funding for more than 1,000 electric vehicle chargers through programs just like these.

Reach out to our Renewable Energy Specialist, Catherine, to learn more or to ask us to get your application started! 

5 Reasons to Install EV Chargers Now

Take Advantage of Funding

Install EV chargers now and the government will pay up to 50% of the cost of the charger and installation

A Green Brand Reputation

A Neilsen survey found that 66% of respondents are willing to pay more for products and services that come from companies that are committed to positive social and environmental impact

Achieve LEED Credits

EV chargers are an easy and affordable way to earn points towards your building’s LEED certification

Futureproof Your Buildings

Exploring EV charging now, especially for sites in the design or build phases, will simplify the future installation, operations, and cost of EV charging infrastructure

Get Ahead Of The Curve

The Government of Canada has set a mandatory target for all new light-duty cars and passenger trucks to be zero-emission by 2035. EVs are coming and infrastructure must be able to support them


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