Ontario Making it Easier to Charge Electric Vehicles

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Media Release


Province Funding New Charging Stations at Workplaces

Ontario is making it easier to use electric vehicles to get to and from work by assisting employers, commercial building owners and managers to install charging stations at their workplaces. This investment is part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province's cap on pollution and carbon market.

Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca was at the Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre in Toronto today to announce the new Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program.

The province will support employers and commercial building owners that wish to offer electric vehicle charging for their employees or tenants by helping with the cost of installing charging stations. This program supports Ontario's ongoing work in communities across the province to increase the number of electric vehicle charging stations and make it easier for people to use electric vehicles.

Ontario is investing proceeds from its carbon market into programs that help households and businesses reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money on energy costs. These programs include home energy and social housing retrofits, public transit and electric vehicle incentives and infrastructure. 

Making it easy for people to switch to electric vehicles and reduce their carbon footprint is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.



" The electrification of transportation is happening fast, and the Ontario government is committed to building the necessary infrastructure to meet this demand. By building more electric vehicle charging stations at workplaces across Ontario, we’re also encouraging more drivers to make the switch to an electric vehicle and building Ontario’s future."
- Steven Del Duca
Minister of Transportation

" Charging stations at workplaces will make it easier for people to choose electric vehicles and is one of the many ways we’re taking action to reduce harmful greenhouse gas pollution from transportation – the largest source of emissions in Ontario. This investment demonstrates how our Climate Change Action Plan and the carbon market are working together to help our province meet its short and long-term emission reduction targets."
- Chris Ballard
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

" This is good news for electric vehicle owners. Workplaces are a very common place where EV drivers choose to charge their vehicles. Building more charging stations at workplaces and commercial buildings across Ontario will undoubtedly offer employees added convenience as they go about their daily lives."
- Monte Kwinter
MPP for York-Centre

" The Ministry of Transportation’s leadership role in implementing effective policies aimed at advancing electric vehicle (EV) adoption in Ontario is transforming the transportation sector. As well, the world’s first Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre is attracting interest from every corner of the province and around the world. These initiatives are making an impact with Ontario leading EV sales in the country for the last two quarters in 2017. Today’s announcement regarding workplace charging incentives makes us incredibly optimistic about the future acceleration of EV uptake. In order to jumpstart workplace charging, Plug’n Drive will be announcing a campaign in the near future to educate employers and employees about the benefits of driving electric."
- Cara Clairman
President and CEO, Plug’n Drive



  • The Workplace Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program will provide 80 per cent of the capital costs to install level 2 chargers, up to $7,500 per charging space.
  • Applications will open on Jan. 16, 2018, and reviewed and processed in the order they are received, until the program funding is exhausted.
  • Level 2 charging stations use a 240 volt system (similar to a clothes dryer plug) and can fully charge a vehicle from a zero per cent charge in about four to eight hours.
  • It is estimated there are over 1,300 public chargers available in Ontario, including chargers not funded under the Electric Vehicle Chargers Ontario program.
  • Ontario’s Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive program has provided incentives worth approximately $2.2 million for the installation of almost 2,600 home charging stations since January 2013.
  • Ontario’s five-year Climate Change Action Plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050.
  • Greenhouse gases from cars account for more emissions than those from iron, steel, cement, and chemical industries combined.
  • There are more than 16,000 electric vehicles currently on the road in Ontario.