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Ontario Introducing New Incentives to Switch to Electric Vehicles

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Ontario Introducing New Incentives to Switch to Electric Vehicles

Updated Program Will Help Drivers Reduce Carbon Footprint and Fight Climate Change

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is making it easier for people across the province to reduce greenhouse gas pollution by switching to an electric or hydrogen-powered vehicle, with new changes to its incentive program for purchasing green vehicles. This initiative is part of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province's carbon market.

Taking effect today, the updated program, renamed as the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program (EHVIP), will: 

  • Establish new incentives for the purchase or lease of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles             (HFCVs).
  • Eliminate incentives for electric vehicles (EVs) with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail  Price (MSRP) of $75,000 or more.
  • Establish a new incentive structure for EVs based on the vehicle's range and seating capacity.
  • Eliminate incentives for EVs leased with terms of less than 3 years.
  • Make it more affordable to install a charging station at home, by expanding the Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program (EVCIP) eligibility to all EV owners in the province.

Information on the updated program, including updated incentive amounts, is now available. For EVs ordered prior to today, incentives will continue to be provided under the previous incentive structure as long as the EV is delivered and the application submitted by Sep. 7 2018.

The updated program will help put more zero emission vehicles on the road. Over the long-term this will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario and support clean growth and clean jobs.

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. 

Helping people 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.

Quick Facts

  • An updated application and program guide will be available on Mar. 12, 2018.
  • EHVIP will provide incentives of up to $14,000 to support the purchase or lease of eligible electric and hydrogen vehicles.
  • The Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program (EVCIP) provides up to $1,000 toward the purchase and installation of fast-charging equipment for home or business.
  • Since July 2010, Ontario has provided more than 15,000 incentives with a total value of over $150 million, and has provided a further $2.5 million for the installation of over 3,000 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.

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“Our government is committed to providing everyone in Ontario with equal and fair opportunities to switch to an electric vehicle. Our new package of EV incentives will help consumers and businesses make the transition to more sustainable vehicles, and keep our province at the forefront of the clean, green economy.”

Kathryn McGarry

Minister of Transportation

“Making it easier and more affordable for people to buy and use low-carbon transportation will help us significantly reduce greenhouse gas pollution from transportation, a sector that contributes more than one third of the province’s emissions. This initiative is made possible by capping the greenhouse gas pollution businesses can emit and investing the proceeds from our carbon market, through the Climate Change Action Plan, into projects that reduce harmful emissions and make life better for Ontario residents.”

Chris Ballard

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

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