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New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Coming to Squamish

September 18, 2020                           Squamish, British Columbia                               Natural Resources Canada

Canada’s energy assets are the envy of the world. By making full use of this natural advantage, we can lead the global transition to a net-zero economy while strengthening our economic competitiveness, attracting investments and creating good jobs.
Patrick Weiler, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today highlighted a $100,000 investment toward the completion of a project that will encourage the widespread adoption of electric vehicles and provide British Columbians with more options to charge their electric vehicles.

The Provincial Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources contributed an additional $50,000 to this project.

The funding was used to build two new electric vehicle (EV) fast charging stations at the Squamish Liquor Store as part of a commitment by both governments to support the transportation sector in its transition to a clean energy future.

In partnership with LeadingAhead Energy Inc., which managed the overall project, the stations will support the local Squamish economy by offering additional fast chargers to serve electric vehicle drivers on the road in B.C. The chargers, which are now operational, are located within one kilometre of a highway or core route.

The federal funding for this project is provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative and is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to reach our ambitious target of 100 percent of passenger zero-emission vehicle sales by 2040.

To reach this target, the Government of Canada has provided over $300 million to support the establishment of a coast-to-coast network of fast chargers for electric vehicles, as well as charging at apartment buildings, public places and workplaces and establishing natural gas refuelling stations along key freight corridors and hydrogen stations in metropolitan centres. The infrastructure resulting from these investments will ensure that people can drive and charge their vehicles across Canada, as well as where they live, work and play. Support is also given for the demonstration of next-generation charging technologies, as well as the development of enabling codes and standards.

The Government of Canada continues to support green infrastructure projects that will create good jobs, advance Canada’s green future and help us reach our domestic and international climate targets.

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