Charging Solutions & Incentives

The Charging Solutions and Incentives Program provides rebates towards the cost of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment and provides support services for planning and installing EV chargers.

PROGRAM OFFERINGS INCLUDE:
  1. Support & consultation on EV charging solutions in multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs) and workplaces
  2. Incentives for multi-unit residential building charging infrastructure and installation
  3. Incentives for workplace charging infrastructure and installation
  4. Rebates for single-family home charging infrastructure and installation

The Program is intended for retrofits (not new buildings) and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Rebates for Homes have been fully distributed. The program closed on July 6, 2018 at 5:00pm. Applications are no longer accepted. 
Due to high-demand, Residential Building and Workplace Incentive applications have now been waitlisted. Submissions received after July 12, 2018 will be put on the waitlist.  We encourage you to still apply, as we continue to move through the waitlist as funding becomes available.
  • Applications on the waitlist are not guaranteed funding, and will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis as pre-approved participants drop out of the program.
Frequently Asked Questions: Incentives for Residential Buildings (Stratas) FAQsRebates for Homes FAQS.
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The Charging Incentives and Solutions Program is funded by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources (the Ministry) and administered by Plug In BC. The Program provides incentives towards the cost of the purchase and installation of eligible electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment, and support services for multi-unit residential buildings and workplaces seeking solutions for their EV charging needs.

Charging solutions

Charging solutions

EV Charging Solutions for multi-unit residential buildings and workplaces

Interested in electric vehicle charging but not sure where to begin? The Program offers EV charging solutions in the form of expert consultation, education and advice. The Plug In BC EV Advisor can provide the following services to help find charging solutions for your site:

  • Onsite presentations & education: The EV Advisor can present information to employers, staff, residents, or strata councils on charging installation processes, user guidelines within stratas and workplaces, and on the benefits of acquiring chargers. Examples could include a lunch & learn, presentations at AGMs/SGMs, a webinar or a presentation for decision makers.
  • Site consultations: Get initial consultation on your site-specific charging needs and options. These site consultations will provide a high-level review of your charging needs and are not a substitute for an electrician; for an electrical assessment or quote for installation, we recommend you contact an electrician. We have created a list of local EV charging stations suppliers for easy reference.

MURB & Workplace Resources

For those interested in EV charging within a MURB the following resources may prove useful:

For those interested in EV charging within a workplace the following resources may prove useful:

Tell us your EV charging needs by sending us an email and an EV Advisor will follow up with you.

Request an EV advisor

IMPORTANT DETAILS

There is a maximum of 5 hours of free support per person or site applicant. EV solutions support is available to B.C. residents, B.C. registered companies, building owners, managers, or other building representatives (such as strata councils) who reside or have oversight of an eligible MURB or workplace. Single-family home dwellers are not eligible for EV solutions support. This program is intended for retrofit solutions only; buildings/facilities must have been constructed before January 31, 2018.

Rebates for Homes

Rebates for Homes


Due to high demand, the Homes Rebate closed on July 6, 2018 at 5:00pm. 
Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. 

Rebate amount: 75% of project costs up to $750 per Level 2 station.

The Rebates for Homes Program is for single-family or duplex homeowners who have purchased and installed an eligible Level 2 (208/240v) charger after January 31st, 2018. Home owners can request reimbursement of  75% of costs up to a maximum of $750 for the purchase and installation of an EV charger for their residence.

Applicants may only apply for one charging station per dwelling. However, a single home owner of multiple home residences may apply for more than one equipment and installation incentive, based on proof of title for each separate home. See below for more details.

Who is Eligible?

The incentive is open to B.C. residents. Owners of multiple properties may apply but will need to show proof of title.

To be considered eligible under this Program, a home must:

  • Be located in British Columbia;
  • Be a single-family, duplex, or townhouse with private garages;
  • Be at least 6 months old. This incentive is intended for retrofit solutions only, new builds are ineligible; and
  • Have dedicated parking for residents

The following documentation must be provided at the time of application:

  • A complete copy of the itemized receipt for the purchase of an eligible electric vehicle charging station (Receipt/invoice must include dealer/website/retailer name, address and phone number, purchase date and price, product make and model);
  • An itemized receipt for the electric vehicle charging station installation, if undertaken by a licensed electrical contractor;
  • The signed electrical contractor form (or certificate of inspection issued by the appropriate authority i.e. municipality or Technical Safety BC. This APPLIES TO ALL PROJECTS regardless of whether you have an outlet already installed or are installing one as part of this program. Learn more about this requirement here.

Eligible costs include:

  • Purchase of the eligible charging station;
    • Tesla Wall Chargers are eligible
  • Purchase of a revenue grade meter, (not a program requirement);
  • Labour and construction costs for the installation of the charging station and associated conduit by a Red Seal electrician; and
  • Electrical and other related permits

Ineligible Costs include, but are not limited to:

  • Portable EV charging units
  • Installation of non-EV charging infrastructure (e.g. 110v outlet);
  • Painting of parking area;
  • Monthly or annual subscription fees associated with the charging station;
  • Taxes paid on charging station, labour, etc; and
  • Charging infrastructure already required under regulation, building codes, or other policies.
Charging Station Requirements

To qualify for the incentive, the charging station must:

  • Be approved for sale and use in Canada (ULC, cUL, cETL, or CSA certification);
  • Be a wall-mounted or fixed model;
  • Be a Level 2 (208/240v) station; and
  • Be purchased, not leased.
Application Process for Homes

To apply for this incentive, the applicant must complete the Application Form in full and attach any required supporting documentation, as described on the Form. Incomplete applications will not be approved or used to reserve funds and applicants will be asked to submit again.

For applicants living in a single-family or duplex home, the EV charging equipment must be purchased and installed before submitting an application for reimbursement. An application must include all required documentation regarding purchase and installation as detailed above.

Read the FAQS & look at the application checklist to ensure you fulfill the requirements. 

Applications are now closed

Applications are now closed.
Incentives for residential buildings

Incentives for residential buildings

Please note: Due to high-demand, Residential Building applications have now been waitlisted. Submissions received after July 12, 2018 will be put on the waitlist. We are moving through the waitlist at a steady pace as funding becomes available; you’re encouraged to still apply.

Incentive amount: 75% of project costs up to $4,000 per Level 2 station with a max of 2 stations per property.

The Residential Building Incentive is open to B.C. residents and provides funding towards the purchase and installation of EV charging stations in multi-unit residential buildings.

Who is Eligible?

The incentive is open to B.C. residents, building owners, managers, or other building representatives (such as strata councils) who reside in or have oversight of a multi-unit residential building. A multi-unit residential building is defined as a building with three or more dwelling units within the same building. Mixed-use buildings are eligible as long as they meet the dwelling requirement. The building must have been completed prior to January 31, 2018. For all other residential building types please see the single-family home rebate.

Applicants must provide the following documentation at the time of application:

  • Proof of approval to install charging station(s) from the authority having jurisdiction over the MURB (Strata resolution or rule change, or Co-op approval, or property manager of rental apartment);
    • Please note: Approval from Strata Property Managers is not sufficient proof. Strata Corporations must submit meetings minutes showing a resolution has passed.
  • A quote for the work to be completed. This quote must be from a licensed electrician or electrical contractor, be line itemized and cover all program requirements.
Incentive Amount

Successful applicants to the Residential Building Incentive will be reimbursed for 75% of the cost of purchase and installation of eligible, new, Level 2 (208/240v) charging stations, up to a maximum of $4,000 per station. Dual port stations count as two charging stations. As such, applicants who apply for a dual port station would receive 75% of total eligible costs up to $8,000, whichever is lower. Applicants can apply for a maximum of two stations per building. There can be multiple buildings within a strata plan. Only costs incurred after application approval, and before the end of the 4 month term, will be considered eligible. Applications which do not include written approval to complete this work in their building will not be approved for an incentive. Incentives cannot be reserved without a complete application. See below for details.

Eligible costs include:

  • Purchase of the eligible charging station;
  • Purchase of the revenue grade meter;
  • Labour and construction costs for the installation of the charging station, associated conduit, and revenue grade meter by a Red Seal electrician;
  • Electrical and other related permits;
  • Parking and electrical design to accommodate the charging stations, conduit, and revenue grade meter; and
  • EV parking signage.

Ineligible Costs:

  • Installation of non-EV charging infrastructure (e.g. 110v outlet);
  • Administration such as communication between property management and residents, copy or documentation fees;
  • Painting of parking area;
  • Monthly or annual subscription fees associated with the charging station;
  • Taxes paid on charging station, labour, etc; and
  • Charging infrastructure already required under regulation, building codes, or other policies.
Charging Station Requirements

To qualify for the incentive, the charging station must:

  • Be approved for sale and use in Canada (ULC, cETL, or CSA certification);
  • Be Level 2 (208/240v) station, and feature a SAE J1772 standard plug head (Tesla wall chargers are not eligible);
  • Be purchased, not leased;
  • Be a mounted or fixed model;
  • Be networked or be installed with a revenue grade meter on a circuit that only includes the charging station(s); and
  • Be installed by a licensed Red Seal electrician.

To provide for future EV growth within the residential building, the Applicant must also ensure that their electrician installs oversized conduits according to the following requirements:

  • Must be capable of supplying a minimum of 6 Level 2 charging stations at 40A each, or the total number of parking stalls, whichever comes first;
  • Must be run to provide future service to all parking stalls, or 30 meters into the parking area, whichever comes first;
  • Must install junction boxes at intervals for future runoffs;
  • Must include a label stating “FOR USE WITH ELECTRIC VEHICLES ONLY” in conspicuous places at the service panel/sub-panel and along the conduit raceway; and
  • Must install the conduit as described, but prewiring is not required.
Application Process for Residential Buildings

To apply for this incentive, the applicant must complete the Application Form in full and attach the required supporting documentation (approval to install charging stations & quote meeting the program requirements), as described on the Form. Incomplete applications will not be approved or used to reserve funds and applicants will be asked to submit again.

Once the application is submitted, Plug In BC will confirm if the request is approved within 30 days.

Once approved, applicants have up to four months to complete their project, including:

Reimbursement will be issued by cheque within 30 days of receipt and approval of the final report. Applicants may be asked to participate in follow up interviews and/or surveys.

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Incentives for workplaces

Incentives for workplaces

Please note: Due to high demand, Workplace Incentive applications have now been waitlisted. Submissions received after July 12, 2018 will be put on the waitlist. We are moving through the waitlist at a steady pace as funding becomes available; you’re encouraged to still apply.

Incentive amount: 50% of project costs up to $4,000 per Level 2 station or $2,000 per Level 1 station

The Employee Workplace Charging Incentive is open to B.C. workplaces that are installing charging stations for their employees.

Who can apply?

B.C. registered businesses and organizations, building owners, managers, or other building representatives who have oversight of an eligible workplace. (Note: public sector organizations are eligible, but Crown corporations are not). The workplace property may be owned or leased. If leased, the lease must have a minimum 3 years remaining from time of completion of EV charging equipment installation. Applications without written approval to complete this work in their building will not be approved for an incentive. Incentives cannot be reserved without a complete application. Stations must be restricted to employee use during business hours. See below for details.

To be considered eligible under this program, a workplace must:

  • Be located in British Columbia;
  • Have a minimum of 5 employees who work primarily on the premises;
  • Be constructed no later than January 31, 2018; this incentive is intended for retrofit solutions only, new builds are ineligible;
  • Have dedicated parking for employees: the incentivized charging stations must be restricted to the use of employees during business hours; and
  • Provide EV charging free of charge for employees for the first three years.

The following documentation must be provided at the time of application:

  • Proof of business license from within B.C., non-profit status, and/or strata status in B.C. as applicable;
  • Attestation that the applicant has the authority to install charging stations at the workplace; and
  • A quote for the work to be completed. This quote must be from a licensed electrician or electrical contractor, be line itemized and cover all program requirements.
Incentive Amount

The Program will reimburse purchase and installation costs of eligible, new, Level 1 (110/120v) or 2 (208/240v) charging equipment for 50% of eligible costs, up to a maximum of $2,000 per level 1 station and up to a maximum of $4,000 per level 2 station of eligible costs. Total project costs will be capped at $25,000, and multiple site locations will be eligible within the maximum $25,000 incentive cap.

Once pre-approved for an incentive, applicants will have four months to purchase and install eligible Level 1 (110/120v) or Level 2 (208/240v) EV charging equipment. Only costs incurred after application approval, and before the end of the 4 month term, will be considered eligible.

Eligible costs include:

  • Purchase of the charging station;
  • Purchase of the revenue grade meter;
  • Labour and construction costs for the installation of the charging station, associated conduit, and revenue grade meter by a Red Seal electrician;
  • Electrical and other related permits;
  • Parking and electrical design to accommodate the charging stations, conduit, and revenue grade meter; and
  • EV parking signage.

Ineligible Costs include, but are not limited to:

  • Installation of non-EV charging infrastructure (e.g. 110v outlet);
  • Administration such as communication between property management and residents, copy or documentation fees;
  • Painting of parking area;
  • Monthly or annual subscription fees associated with the charging station;
  • Taxes paid on charging station, labour, etc; and
  • Charging infrastructure already required under regulation, building codes, or other policies.
Charging Station Requirements

To qualify for the incentive, the charging station must:

  • Be approved for sale and use in Canada (ULC, cETL, or CSA certification);
  • Be purchased, not leased;
  • Be a mounted or fixed model, not transportable;
  • Be networked or be installed with a revenue grade meter on a circuit that only includes the charging station(s);
  • Be installed by a licensed, Red Seal electrician; and
  • Be Level 2 (208/240v) station, and feature a SAE J1772 standard plug head (Tesla wall chargers are not eligible); OR
  • Be Level 1 (110/120v) station, and feature a SAE J1772 standard plug head.
Application Process for Workplaces

To apply for this incentive, the applicant must complete the Application Form in full and attach the line-itemized contractor quote, as described on the Application Form. Incomplete applications will not be approved or used to reserve funds and applicants will be asked to submit again.

Once the application is submitted, Plug In BC will confirm if the request is approved within 30 days.

Once approved, applicants have up to four months to complete their project, including:

  • Purchase approved number of eligible EV charging station(s);
  • Complete installation of charging station(s);
  • Arrange for the contractor to fill in the Workplace Contractor Form; and
  • Submit Program Final Report Form (link will be provided with the approval letter).

Reimbursement will be issued by cheque within 30 days of receipt and approval of the final report. Applicants may be asked to participate in follow up interviews and/or surveys.

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