TORONTO, Dec. 7, 2018 /CNW/ - Infrastructure investments in clean transportation systems, such as a charging station network, will make it easier for Canadians to choose electric and less polluting vehicles. This effort is part of our government's commitment to promote clean technologies, reduce pollution and create good, middle-class jobs.
The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, today announced the official opening of the 100th government-funded electric vehicle (EV) fast charger at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre. Canada now has more than 500 EV fast chargers open across the country.
Our government provided $750,000 to AddÉnergie Technologies Inc. through the Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative to build 15 EV fast chargers at Cadillac Fairview shopping malls across the country. The 15 chargers, located in New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba, are open to the public.
The funding is part of our government's $182.5-million investment to develop a coast-to-coast charging network for EVs, establish natural gas stations along key routes and stations for hydrogen-fuelled vehicles in metropolitan areas and showcase innovative solutions for charging infrastructure. This investment will also ensure Canada–U.S. alignment of enabling codes and standards for low-polluting vehicles and their infrastructure.
Through Canada's national energy dialogue, Generation Energy, Canadians made it clear that building EVs and fossil fuel alternatives is not a luxury but a necessity for Canada's low-carbon future. The Government of Canada continues to support green infrastructure projects that will create good jobs, advance Canada's clean future and help us reach our domestic and international climate targets.
"We are paving the way to a low-carbon future by investing in green infrastructure. These stations are an important step toward lowering emissions and making electric vehicles a viable travel option for Canadians."
Minister of Science and Sport
"It is essential that we make driving electric as easy and convenient as possible for Canadians because of the importance of lowering our transportation greenhouse gas emissions. This collaboration by Cadillac Fairview, FLO and NRCan, under Canada's forward-thinking program to facilitate charging infrastructure deployment, demonstrates what is possible when government and industry leaders share a commitment to supporting electric vehicle adoption and offering greener transportation alternatives."
Vice-president of Public Affairs and General Counsel, AddEnergie and its subsidiary FLO
"The introduction of EV charging stations at the CF Toronto Eaton Centre and at CF properties across Canada is an expression of our commitment to environmental responsibility. Not only is this a step in sustainability, but it also provides a much-needed amenity for a growing number of EV drivers in our local communities."
Vice President, Operations, Cadillac Fairview
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