07/22/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/22/2021 08:55
July 22, 2021 Trois-Rivières, Quebec Natural Resources Canada
The Government of Canada is building a low-emissions energy future to strengthen the economy, create good, middle-class jobs and support our natural resource sectors.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O'Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, today announced $435,000 to install forty electric vehicle (EV) chargers in various locations in Trois-Rivières.
This investment includes $245,000 to Roulez Électrique to install 20 EV chargers for employees and light-duty vehicle users at several Trois-Rivières businesses. Roulez Électrique and Innovation et Développement économique Trois-Rivières have also invested in the Electric Avenue project. The total project cost is $567,000.
In addition, the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) received $190,000 to install 20 EV chargers throughout the University's campus, providing employees, students and visitors with more options to charge and drive their vehicles where they live, work and learn. The UQTR is also contributing to this initiative, bringing the total project cost to $551,000.
Both projects are funded through Natural Resources Canada's Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program. All EV chargers will be available for public use by winter 2022.
Canada has invested over $1 billion to make EVs more affordable and charging infrastructure more accessible by establishing a coast-to-coast network of fast chargers and installing chargers in localized areas. The government also provides incentives of up to $5,000 to increase affordability for Canadian consumers to buy EVs and full tax write-offs for businesses purchasing them.
These investments support Canada's new mandatory target of 100-percent zero-emission light-duty vehicle sales by 2035. Driving down transportation emissions is critical to achieving Canada's ambitious climate change targets and requires a combination of investments and regulations to support Canadians and industry in this transition.
The government supports green infrastructure projects that create good, middle-class jobs, advance Canada's low-carbon future and will get us to net-zero emissions by 2050.