Twenty electric vehicle (EV) chargers will be installed in the campuses of the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. Fifteen of the EV chargers will be installed at the University of Waterloo, and the remaining five at Wilfrid Laurier University to encourage the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) by supporting campus fleets.
The project received funding of $100,000 through Natural Resources Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program, which supports the government’s ambitious target to have all new passenger vehicles sold in Canada be zero-emission vehicles by 2040.
The University of Waterloo is contributing $108,102 towards this project, and is joined by a $41,482 investment from Wilfrid Laurier University, bringing the total program cost to $249,584.
Mat Thijssen, Director of Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, said, “Within Waterloo region, nearly half of emissions are from transportation. So, low-carbon options are urgently necessary, and EVs play a crucial role in building a low-carbon economy for those who can’t walk, bike or bus. Charging stations are key to supporting EV adoption among our employees, students, visitors and the campus fleet.”
Ulrike Gross, Assistant Vice-President of Facilities and Asset Management at Wilfrid Laurier University, said, “This funding will allow Laurier to increase our EV charging network from 6 to 11 stations, almost doubling the current network on our Waterloo campus. This network expansion will focus on two currently under-serviced areas of our campus, and it is our hope that this will assist in reducing barriers to electric vehicle use by the campus community.”
Canada has invested over $600 million to make EVs more affordable and charging infrastructure more readily accessible. This includes establishing a coast-to-coast network of fast chargers and installing chargers in more localised areas where Canadians live, work and play.
This investment supports natural gas refuelling stations along key freight corridors, hydrogen stations in metropolitan centres, the demonstration of next-generation charging technologies and the development of enabling codes and standards. The government 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 initiatives are driven by Canada’s strengthened climate plan, which accelerates ZEV adoption with an additional $150 million for infrastructure and an additional $287 million in purchasing incentives for Canadians. The government supports green infrastructure projects that will create good, middle-class jobs, advance Canada’s low-carbon future and help achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.