“This investment is the next step forward that will help fill gaps in public charging infrastructure and strengthen Ontario’s position as a leader in battery electric vehicle production,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “Providing all Ontarians with convenient, public access to fast and reliable charging will help us move towards our goal of making Made-in-Ontario electric vehicles the top choice for both passenger and commercial drivers.”
Building on the growing success of Ontario’s Ivy Charging Network, which represents the largest public highway fast charging network in the province, this funding will add more EV chargers all across Ontario, including highway rest stops, carpool parking lots, Ontario Parks and in community hubs like hockey arenas and municipal parks.
The province will also introduce the Rural Connectivity Fund to provide rural municipalities the opportunity to apply for provincial funding to support the installation of EV chargers in their communities. Once launched, the new program would put communities in the driver’s seat and ensure EV chargers are placed at local points of interest to encourage adoption outside of urban centres. Program details including eligibility, potential charger locations and how rural communities can apply will be announced later this year.
“Our government is getting shovels in the ground to build critical EV charging infrastructure across our province so workers and families can travel with confidence,” said Todd Smith, Minister of Energy. “Today’s investment in new public charging stations, alongside our work to reduce electricity prices and provide an ultra-low overnight electricity price plan, will support EV adoption and boost our world-leading auto sector as we build the cars of the future here in Ontario.”
Additionally, the government will support the development of business cases for the electric and low emission conversion of the Ontario Public Service fleet and the GO Transit network. In renewing public vehicle fleets, the government will create a Made-in-Ontario strategy towards procuring electric vehicles and low-carbon equipment.