The Environment and Natural Resources Canada announced Monday that 22 Electric Vehicle chargers will be installed in St. Lawrence College. (Photo – Environment and Natural Resources Canada)
Jonathan Wilkinson, the Minister of Natural Resources, today announced an investment of $110,000 to St. Lawrence College for the installation of 22 Level-2 EV chargers on its campuses in Cornwall, Brockville and Kingston, the Natural Resources Canada said in a statement.
The statement further added that the project will be funded through Natural Resources Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program.
The Level-2 chargers, which are available now, increases the number of publicly accessible chargers along the St. Lawrence River for visitors, residents and students in the area, the Natural Resources Canada said, adding that St. Lawrence College also contributed over $160,000 to the project, bringing the total cost to over $270,000.
“We’re making electric vehicles more affordable and accessible for Canadians from coast to coast to coast. Investing in more charging stations like the ones announced today on St. Lawrence College campuses will allow more Canadians to be in the driver’s seat on the road to a net-zero future and help achieve our climate goals,” Minister Wilkinson said.
Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO, St. Lawrence College, said “This project aligns with the college’s strategic plan, SLC in Five, and our commitment to pursuing increased sustainability in how we operate. Providing electric vehicle charging infrastructure is the building block to electrifying our transportation systems. Our hope is that this helps folks who have purchased an electric vehicle and that by increasing places to get a charge we help others consider going electric as well.”
Since 2015, Canada has invested a historic $1 billion to make EVs more affordable and accessible for Canadians, according to Natural Resources Canada.
The investments are building a coast-to-coast network of fast chargers, installing chargers in local areas where Canadians live, work and play, and providing rebates of up to $5,000 to help more Canadians buy EVs.
The Natural Resources Canada also added that the investments support Canada’s mandatory target of ensuring all passenger vehicles sold in Canada are zero emission by 2035 and are critical to achieving Canada’s ambitious climate change goals and building a cleaner, healthier future for all Canadians.