Policy on EVs can benefit the continued, and increasing adoption of EVs in BC and across Canada/US. Below is a list of policies that various levels of government (municipal, regional, provincial, and federal) have taken to support EVs. This is not to be confused with EV incentives such as BC’s Multi-Unit Residential Building EV Charging Program or point-of-sale vehicle incentives. This list is not exhaustive.


British Columbia HOV lane policy allowing EVs access to the HOV lane regardless of number of passengers

British Columbia Provincial Building Act was revised in 2016 to define EV chargers as matters ‘out of scope’ under the Building Act. ‘Out of scope’ is defined as “matters… local government can regulate… if they have authority to do so in other statutes.” This gives local governments greater flexibility in making decisions regarding the use of EV charging in new developments

Ontario Building Code was revised in 2017 to include provisions for EV charging (section 3.1.21) in Part 3 and Part 9 buildings. The provisions go into force on January 1, 2018

Ontario Green License Plate program allowing EVs access to HOV lanes, and HOT (tolls) free of charge

Quebec Zero-Emission Vehicle Standard requiring 3.5% of all new light-duty sales in 2018 and 15.5% in 2025 be zero-emission vehicles

Quebec Green License Plate program allowing EVs access to certain HOV lane, and certain ferries and HOT (tolls) free of charge


City of Vancouver Building Code Bylaw 10908 requiring EV charging in new builds (commercial and residential), revised bylaw Electric Vehicle Charging s 10.2.3.

City of Vancouver Metered Parking Policy allows for:

  • Registered and unregistered electric scooters to park for free in metered spaces marked for motorcycles or scooters
  • Registered electric scooters receive a 75% discount on rates in regular parking metered spaces

District of North Vancouver Implementation of EV Charging Infrastructure with Development policy requiring multi-family, commercial, and industrial builds, document 2380934.

  • Multi-family in District of North Vancouver:
    • 20% of parking stalls are EV-ready (wired for L1 charging)
    • Conduit in place for 100% of parking stalls to be wired for L1 in the future
  • Commercial/Industrial in District of North Vancouver:
    • Approximately 10% of parking stalls are EV-ready (wired for L2 charging)

City of Surrey Alternative Fuel Infrastructure at Gasoline Stations amendment requiring alternative fueling stations be installed with new gas station installations, document R146 amending Surry Zoning byaw 1993.

  • New gas station developments must include alternative fuelling stations such as L3 (DC Fast Chargers), CNG, Hydrogen, or Propane.

Toronto Green Standard requires developers to add additional parking spots for EVs in Tier 1 development, and rough-ins for EV charging in Tier 2 developments. Tier 1 development makes EV spots mandatory while Tier 2 is a voluntary standard.