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The Charging Infrastructure Financing Program

Are you interested in installing charging stations?

FINANCE CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE FOR YOUR FLEET, EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS.

FINANCED IN PART BY:

Charge+ funds the acquisition and installation of Level 2 charging stations, 20-49 kW fast-charge stations and 50 kW or higher fast-charge stations up to a maximum of $100,000 per application. This program will let you:

  • Acquire and install charging infrastructure at a low cost.
  • Promote the deployment and transition of your electric vehicle fleet.
  • Provide a charging solution to your employees and customers.
  • Make tangible contributions to GHG reduction and climate change objectives.

Accelerate your electrification initiatives with the Charge+ Program

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DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES

Propulsion Québec, with funding from Natural Resources Canada, is launching the Charge+ Charging Infrastructure Financing Program for the light-duty vehicle fleets, workplaces and public spaces of members and major partners in the electric and smart transportation (EST) cluster private sector and Quebec organizations in the public sector.

WHY ARE WE CREATING THE CHARGE+ PROGRAM?

At a time when the accessibility, costs and availability of charging infrastructure have been singled out as obstacles to the electrification of vehicle fleets, Propulsion Québec is launching the Charge+ program to support companies in the EST ecosystem and Québec public sector organizations in their transition to electrification and to promote zero-emission vehicles by financing a strategic deployment of the charging infrastructure network. Through this program, the EST cluster is accelerating and tangibly supporting the energy, ecological and sustainable transition of the Quebec economy.

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WHO IS THE PROGRAM FOR?

The Charge+ program supports and partially finances the acquisition and installation of charging infrastructure for light-duty vehicle fleets, workplaces and public spaces. It is intended for:

  • member or major private-sector partners of Propulsion Québec (for-profit or not-for-profit);
  • public-sector partners, provincial, regional or municipal government agencies and their public institutions, agencies and government corporations (including public service providers) in Quebec. However, federal organizations, Crown corporations and federal agencies are excluded and cannot benefit from this program.

Organizations may submit more than one application for consideration, but each notice of interest must not exceed $100,000 in requested funding.

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CRITERIA AND ELIGIBLE EXPENSES

Organizations must meet the following criteria to receive funding from this program:

For private sector organizations (for-profit or not-for-profit):

For the public sector, only the following organizations are accepted:

  • provincial, regional or municipal government agencies and their public institutions, agencies and government corporations (including public service providers) in Quebec.

****Please note that federal organizations, Crown corporations and federal agencies are excluded from participating in this program.***

Applications must also meet the following criteria:

For infrastructure/charging stations:

  • Be a permanent installation consisting of new and purchased (not leased) equipment
  • Be a new installation or extension of existing infrastructure (not a replacement of existing infrastructure)
  • The work carried out must comply with all local codes and by-laws in force
  • Have confirmed access to the site where the infrastructure will be installed
  • Charging infrastructure for the general public must be installed in a parking space clearly identified for charging electric vehicles
  • Be able to communicate with other charging stations and/or a server or the cloud via a mobile/wireless signal or via a connected vehicle, using software to manage usage and/or other capabilities such as real-time usage status of charging stations
  • Be commercially available and accredited for use in Canada and include one or more of the following types of connectors:
    • Level 2 station: a standard SAE J1772 plug-in head or a proprietary-type connector
    • DC fast-charge station: including one or more of the following types of charging connectors: CHAdeMO, SAE J1772 Combo (CCS) or a proprietary-type connector
    • Other proprietary-type charging connectors: represent a maximum 75% of all charging connectors installed on the same sub-project site

Available funding

The program will cover up to 50% of total project costs to the maximum amounts shown in the table below:

Infrastructure typeMaximum funding
Level 2 connectors (208/240 V)
3.3 kW-19.2 kW
Up to 50% of total project costs (maximum $5,000 per connector)
Fast-charge station
20 kW-49 kW
Up to 50% of total project costs (maximum $15,000 per fast-charge station)
Fast-charge station
50 kW and higher
Up to 50% of total project costs (maximum $50,000 per fast-charge station)

Eligible expenses

  • Salaries and benefits
  • Professional services (e.g., scientific, technical, management, external service delivery, engineering, construction, installation, testing and commissioning of equipment, training, marketing, data collection, logistics, maintenance, printing, distribution, verification and evaluation)
  • Capital assets, including IT equipment and other equipment or infrastructure
  • Leasing/rental costs
  • Environmental assessment fees

Ineligible expenses

Expenses not eligible for reimbursement under this program include:

  • In-kind support
  • Land costs (e.g., acquisition of ownership or property rights)
  • Legal costs
  • Current operating costs (e.g., electricity consumption, operating, maintenance, network and subscription costs, etc.)
  • Costs incurred outside the eligible expense period

Assistance stacking

Financial assistance provided by Propulsion Québec through Natural Resources Canada can be combined with complementary programs offered by other government departments or agencies and by energy distributors. The cumulative amount of financial assistance received from government departments or agencies, energy distributors and Propulsion Québec for the relevant charging station project shall not exceed 75% of total eligible expenditures, unless the proponent is a provincial, territorial or municipal government. In this case, the assistance stacking limit is 100% of total costs.

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STEPS INVOLVED TO FINANCE THE ACQUISITION AND INSTALLATION OF CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE WITH THE CHARGE+ PROGRAM

Step 1: Notice of interest

The applicant notifies Propulsion Québec of their interest in the program.

Step 2: Identification of needs

The applicant describes the estimated number and types of charging stations and informs Propulsion Québec of their need to be put in contact with charging station suppliers and installers.

Step 3: Planning

The applicant takes the necessary steps to define their project and obtains the bids and quotes needed to carry out the project. As required, Propulsion Québec will put the applicant in touch with potential suppliers.

Step 4: Prequalification

The applicant submits a formal application including all submissions allowing Propulsion Québec to make the necessary checks and ensure that the project meets all the criteria. At the end of the process, notification is issued to confirm the acceptability of the proponent’s project.

Step 5: Application evaluation and confirmation

Propulsion Québec issues notification. In the case of a negative decision, an applicant who still wishes to qualify must meet the requirements specified in the notification and submit another prequalification application.

Step 6: Signature of the agreement

On signing the customized agreement, Propulsion Québec approves and qualifies the project and the applicant accepts the conditions.

Step 7: Execution of work

The applicant carries out the work and provides Propulsion Québec with regular progress updates.

Step 8: Claim

The applicant completes the form and includes all of the necessary supporting documents to enable Propulsion Québec to process the claim request and produce a quarterly report, in accordance with the prescribed schedule.

Step 9: Receipt of grant

Propulsion Québec issues the payment to the applicant in accordance with the signed agreement.

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KEY DATES

FINANCING APPLICATION PERIODS:

  • April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023
  • April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024

Reimbursements will be issued every 3 months covering the following periods:

  • April 1 to June 30, 2022
  • July 1 to September 30, 2022
  • October 1 to December 31, 2022
  • January 1 to March 31, 2023
  • April 1 to June 30, 2023
  • July 1 to September 30, 2023
  • October 1 to December 31, 2023
  • January 1 to March 31, 2024

Claims will be processed once the acquisition and installation work has been completed.

Expenses eligible as of: February 7, 2022

End of program: March 31, 2024

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KEY DEFINITIONS

Light-duty vehicle fleets

The program supports the installation of infrastructure for electric light-duty road vehicles in corporate fleets. A light-duty vehicle is defined as a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 3,856 kg or less. Light-duty vehicles in institutional fleets represent vehicles purchased or leased by an organization and used to carry out activities related to the functioning and operation of the organization. Fleets must consist of multiple light-duty vehicles and be managed by the same owner or manager.

These light-duty vehicles include taxis, rental vehicles, car-sharing vehicles, etc.

Workplace

The workplace is defined as a place where employees perform their duties. The charging infrastructure should be used primarily by employees. Note that charging infrastructure facilities at a private residence, even if a business is registered at the same address, are not included in this category.

Public spaces

These include parking areas for public use (e.g., visitor parking). A single station may have a secondary use and be available for use by the general public and employees.

Are you a Québec municipality looking to provide more public electric charging stations?

You could apply to the Hydro-Québec grant program for the purchase and installation of charging stations on the curb and in municipal parking lots. For more information, visit the Web page of the program.

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MORE INFORMATION

For more information on this program, please contact:
SARA PELLERIN
Director, Programs and Community
sara.pellerin@propulsionquebec.com