April 6, 2022 Regional Municipality of Durham, Ontario Natural Resources Canada
Reducing pollution from the transportation sector is critical to Canada achieving its climate targets. That's why the Government of Canada is making it easier for Canadians to purchase, charge and drive electric vehicles (EV) in Ontario and across the country.
Today, Ryan Turnbull, Member of Parliament for Whitby, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, announced a $201,499 investment in The Regional Municipality of Durham to install 42 EV chargers.
Funded through Natural Resources Canada's Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program, all chargers will be available to Ontarians by November 2022. The Regional Municipality of Durham, Municipality of Clarington, Township of Scugog, Town of Whitby and Trent University Durham also contributed a combined investment of $340,237, bringing the total project cost to $541,736.
Since 2015, Canada has invested a historic $3.6 billion to make EVs more affordable and chargers more accessible for Canadians. These investments are supporting the establishment of a coast-to-coast network of chargers in local areas where Canadians live, work and play, while federal rebates of up to $5,000 are helping more Canadians make the switch to an EV.
These investments are yet another step in reaching Canada's target of ensuring all new passenger vehicles sold in Canada are zero-emission by 2035. And just like investments in everything from clean technology to nature protection, today's announcement is part of achieving Canada's ambitious climate change goals to build a cleaner, healthier and affordable future for all Canadians.