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Making it Easier for Condo Owners to Charge Electric Vehicles at Home

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Making it Easier for Condo Owners to Charge Electric Vehicles at Home

New Changes will Also Help Fight Climate Change, Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Starting May 1, 2018, new changes will be in effect to make it easier for condo residents to charge their electric vehicles at home as part of Ontario's plan to fight climate change. 

Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, along with MPP Arthur Potts, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation and the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, made the announcement today in Toronto.

The new changes will:

  • Reduce current requirements to make it easier for condo owners to get approval from their condo corporations to install an electric vehicle charging system in their condominium.
  • Prevent condo boards from rejecting an owner's application to install an electric vehicle charging system on condo property when the owner meets certain conditions.

By making it easier for drivers to switch to electric vehicles, Ontario is making it easier for people across the province to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. These new rules to facilitate the installation of electric vehicle charging systems in condos will remove barriers to condo residents who own electric vehicles, or are thinking about purchasing one, by enabling them charge their vehicles where they live.

Ontario's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change 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, and over 65, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • More than 680,000 people in Ontario live in condominiums and more than 50 per cent of new homes being built in the province are condominiums.
  • Ontario’s Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program has provided incentives worth approximately $2.5 million for the installation of almost 3,000 home charging stations since January 2013.
  • The Climate Change Action Plan and carbon market form the backbone of Ontario's strategy to cut greenhouse gas pollution to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050.The government will report on the plan's implementation annually and review the plan at least every five years.
  • Greenhouse gases from cars account for more emissions than those from iron, steel, cement, and chemical industries combined.
  • There are more than 18,500 electric vehicles currently on the road in Ontario.
  • A shift to low- and zero-emission vehicles is vital to Ontario achieving its greenhouse gas reduction target of 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050.

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“One of the largest contributing factors that inhibits drivers from purchasing an electric vehicle is the fear of having nowhere to charge it. Condo owners have indicated they have faced challenges when trying to install charging systems on condo premises. Through these new laws, we will increase opportunities to install charging systems at condo properties in order to support residents who own or wish to purchase an electric vehicle.”

Tracy MacCharles

Minister of Government and Consumer Services

“We are making it easier for people to choose and use low-carbon transportation, like electric vehicles, to save money and fight climate change. The transportation sector contributes the most greenhouse gas pollution in the province, so actions that encourage the use of low-carbon vehicles help move us towards a healthier, cleaner future.”

Chris Ballard

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

“Today’s announcement is great news for condo residents in Ontario. These new regulations will make it easier for people to install electric vehicle charging systems on their condo properties and be able to charge their vehicle where they live. Making it easier to switch to an electric vehicle will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help fight climate change.”

Kathryn McGarry

Minister of Transportation

“Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure helps our customers in condos who want to adopt a cleaner mode of transportation but are limited by current building configurations. Electric vehicles are an important transportation choice today and into the future. Toronto Hydro is pleased to support this initiative, which we believe levels the playing field for electric vehicle adoption and promotes fairness, while aligning with our climate change goals and promoting a cleaner environment.”

Anthony Haines

President and CEO, Toronto Hydro

“By making charging in condominiums easier, Ontario further demonstrates its position as a global leader in electric transportation. These new laws, and the existing electric vehicle incentives combined with the world’s first Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre and our clean electricity grid make Ontario one of the best regions in the world to drive electric.”

Cara Clairman

President and CEO, Plug’n Drive

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