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Maintenance facility upgrade incentives

Eligible applicants could receive up to 100 per cent of engineering costs and up to 50 per cent of labour and material costs towards the construction of or improvements to maintenance facilities for the safe operation of compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) vehicles.
 
 

 CNG and LNG maintenance facility services

 

Eligible applicants

Recipients of the FortisBC natural gas vehicle incentive program funding for CNG/LNG vehicles who have not previously received funding for maintenance facility upgrades in the last 12 months are eligible for the program. Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) authorized dealerships that perform maintenance on vehicles owned by incentive funding recipients are also eligible.
 
Applicants can only receive funding for one maintenance facility in the same round of funding. 

Eligible facilities and upgrades

Funding must be used to make capital improvements related to the upgrades to or construction of facilities that allow the servicing of natural gas vehicles and not for repairs, renovations or maintenance relating to the ordinary course of business. Applicants with special requirements or custom works may be eligible at the sole discretion of FortisBC.
 
Facilities must:
  • be located within our natural gas service area
  • be owned and operated by the applicant or their service provider
  • provide regular maintenance in accordance with the OEM’s service manual and commercial vehicle inspection programs 
  • have at least one bay performing major repairs to a minimum of five CNG/LNG vehicles.

Incentive calculation

Applicants are solely responsible for any costs in excess of the maximum limits for incentive funding and FortisBC reserves the right to change the incentive funding amount at its sole discretion. Funding is intended to cover:
  • up to 100 per cent of the feasibility study (to a maximum of $7,000 for upgrades and $5,000 for new construction)
  • up to 50 per cent of labour, material and permit costs for eligible works (up to the maximum set out in the table below)
  • up to 100 per cent of the detail design engineering costs (to a maximum contribution of $25,000 for upgrades and $16,000 for new construction) 
Incentive funding is based on the floor area and on a five vehicles to one bay ratio. For example, the maximum funding amount an applicant having previously purchased 10 vehicles with an LNG service bay less than 90 m2 through the Natural Gas Vehicle Incentive Program is eligible to receive is as follows:
  • For upgrades: 
    Up to $78,121 for labor, material and permit, up to $7,000 for feasibility study and up to $25,000 for detailed design engineering costs.
  • For new construction: 
    Up to $64,142 for labor, material and permit, up to $5,000 for feasibility study and up to $16,000 for detailed design engineering costs.
Labour, material and permit cost cap for standard CNG service bay (< 90 m2 floor area)
Facility upgrades​ ​New construction
Number of bays upgraded/constructed
Maximum incentive Maximum incentive
​1
$56,250
$48,704
​2
$74,480
$61,152
​3
$87,772
$71,185
​4
$98,618
$78,190
5
$107,946
$85,123
​6
$116,218
$90,254
​7
$123,705
$95,332
​8
$130,579
$99,489
​9
$136,959
$105,855
10
$142,930
$109,065
11
$148,555
$112,498
​12
$153,883
$115,651
Labour, material and permit cost cap for standard LNG service bay (< 90 m2 floor area)
Facility upgrades​ ​New construction
Number of bays upgraded/constructed
Maximum incentive Maximum incentive
​1
$59,000
$51,085
​2
$78,121
$64,142
​3
$92,063
$74,665
​4
$103,439
$82,013
5
$113,223
$89,284
​6
$121,900
$94,667
​7
$129,753
$99,993
​8
$136,963
$104,353
​9
$143,655
$111,030
10
$149,917
$114,397
11
$155,817
$117,998
​12
$161,406
$121,305
Labour, material and permit cost cap for large CNG service bay (125 m2 floor area)
Facility upgrades​ ​New construction
Number of bays upgraded/constructed
Maximum incentive Maximum incentive
​1
$64,020
$55,432
​2
$84,768
$69,599
​3
$99,896
$81,018
​4
$112,241
$88,991
5
$122,857
$96,881
​6
$132,272
$102,722
​7
$140,793
$108,501
​8
$148,617
$113,232
​9
$155,878
$120,477
10
$162,673
$124,130
11
$169,075
$128,037
​12
$175,139
$131,627
Labour, material and permit cost cap for large LNG service bay (125 m2 floor area)
Facility upgrades​ ​New construction
Number of bays upgraded/constructed
Maximum incentive Maximum incentive
​1
$67,150
$58,142
​2
$88,913
$73,002
​3
$104,780
$84,979
​4
$117,728
$93,342
5
$128,863
$101,618
​6
$138,739
$107,744
​7
$147,676
$113,806
​8
$155,883
$118,768
​9
$163,499
$126,367
10
$170,626
$130,199
11
$177,341
$134,297
​12
$183,702
$138,062

Program process

  1. Submit feasibility assessment application 
  2. Feasibility assessment
    • Have a BC registered engineering firm (approved by FortisBC) assess the feasibility of your planned maintenance facility upgrade. Upon reviewing the assessment you will decide whether or not to proceed with upgrading your facility.
  3. Submit facility upgrade project package

    Proceeding with upgrade
    • Submit a copy of the engineering firm’s feasibility assessment and their invoice for the feasibility assessment, as well as Form 2 and Form 3 (with estimated costs completed)
    • FortisBC will 
      • assess the eligibility of the project and, if approved, send you a written notification to proceed with the project 
      • issue reimbursement for the feasibility assessment cost
    • You will 

    Not proceeding with upgrade
    • To be reimbursed for the feasibility assessment expense, submit a copy of the engineering firm’s feasibility assessment and their invoice for the feasibility assessment and Form 2.
  4. Facility upgrade project
    • Undertake your maintenance facility upgrade.
  5. Payment of incentive funding 
    • Upon completion of the facility upgrade, you must re-submit Form 3 with actual costs and include copies of invoices, necessary permits and operating certificates. 
    • FortisBC will verify costs and receipt of services and goods and then disburse the funds.

      Note: FortisBC will not make any financial contribution to the project costs until after the work is complete and operational and the applicant has received all necessary permits and operating certificates from the issuing governmental authorities. 
i  Major repairs: repair and overhaul of engine and fuel systems, replacement of CNG/LNG tanks, replacement of fuel filters, fender and body work, and where hot work is performed (welding, cutting and so on).