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July 14, 2014 14:15 ET

Minister Fast Announces Support for Clean Technology in British Columbia

SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - July 14, 2014) - Natural Resources Canada

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Member of Parliament for Abbotsford, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today announced an investment of over $4.1 million under the Harper Government's ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII) for an innovative clean energy project in British Columbia.

Led by BC Hydro and supported by the province of British Columbia and the private sector, the British Columbia Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project supports a shift toward the use of clean energy and electric vehicles in B.C.'s transportation sector by expanding the necessary infrastructure. The project will support the installation of approximately 300 charging stations for public use in urban areas across the province and 30 fast-charging stations along major transportation corridors. The project also includes the implementation of a data network, which will centrally collect charging data.

Through ecoEII, the Government is providing $268.2 million over five years to support research, development and demonstration projects that produce and use energy in a more clean and efficient manner. The program was created to invest in new clean energy technologies that will create jobs, generate economic opportunities and help protect the environment.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2006, the Harper Government has taken action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build a more sustainable environment by investing more than $10 billion in green infrastructure, energy efficiency, clean energy technologies and the production of cleaner energy and cleaner fuels.
  • The clean technology sector is an important economic driver for the Canadian economy. The sector employs more than 52,000 Canadians in over 700 companies in all regions of the country - part of a global supply chain estimated to be worth $10.6 billion.

Quotes

"Our government is positioning Canada as a global leader in the clean technology sector by supporting innovative projects aimed at producing and using energy in cleaner and more efficient ways. Projects such as BC Hydro's Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project demonstrate how our government is making significant progress in this area, while creating jobs and protecting the environment."

The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Member of Parliament for Abbotsford

"The Government of Canada is helping the Province of BC to achieve their goal of shifting towards the use of clean energy and electric vehicles in B.C.'s transportation sector. This project is another example of our government's actions to reduce greenhouse gases, increase energy efficiency and support clean energy technology."

Nina Grewal, Member of Parliament for Fleetwood-Port Kells

"On behalf of the Province of British Columbia, I'd like to thank the Government of Canada for their partnership in developing a comprehensive charging infrastructure. More charging stations around the province give British Columbians another incentive to take that step and purchase an electric vehicle of their own with the peace of mind that a charging station is never far."

Scott Hamilton, Delta North MLA

"In B.C., we are very fortunate to have clean, hydroelectric power, which makes our province a great place for electric vehicles. We are pleased to support the development of a comprehensive and accessible charging network that is enabled by clean electricity."

Kip Morison, Chief Technology Officer, BC Hydro

Related Products

Backgrounder - British Columbia Electric Vehicle Smart Infrastructure Project

Backgrounder available on Natural Resources Canada's website

Associated Links

Prime Minister`s News Release - http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2013/05/03/ecoenergy-innovation-initiative

The ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative - http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/funding/current-funding-programs/eii/4985

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