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Canada and British Columbia invest in electric vehicle charging stations in Surrey

Surrey, British Columbia, January 19, 2021—Canadians everywhere are feeling the impact of COVID-19, on their families, their livelihoods and their way of life. Together, Canada and British Columbia are working to reduce the impact of the pandemic, ensure health and safety, rebuild businesses, and promote job creation, growth and investment.

From the Canadian-Pacific Railway to the St Lawrence Seaway to the Vancouver Skytrain and today’s expanding Internet and clean energy networks, we must be ambitious in building things that position our economy for the future.

Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Randeep Sarai, Member of Parliament for Surrey Centre, the Honourable George Heyman, B.C. Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, the Honourable Bruce Ralston, B.C. Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, and Doug McCallum, Mayor of Surrey, announced funding for the Clean Surrey Electric Vehicle Charging Network project.

The Government of Canada is investing $274,054 in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of British Columbia is contributing $228,356 through the CleanBC Communities Fund, part of the Investing in Canada plan’s Green Infrastructure Stream. The City of Surrey is contributing $182,727 to the project.

The project involves installing approximately 40 dual-port, level-2, electric vehicle charging stations at 10 community centres, recreation centres and pools across the city. Expanding the charging network will address gaps in the current network and increase access to clean energy transportation options. The project will also create jobs and strengthen the local economy now while promoting sustainable growth and a healthier environment.

These are among 240 other electric vehicle charging stations being installed across B.C. thanks to more than $5.7 million in federal funding, and more than $1.7 million in provincial funding through the Green Infrastructure Stream, the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program, the Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative, and the CleanBC Go Electric Program. 


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