EV charging stations for multi-unit residential buildings and workplaces

To help you get ready for lower carbon transportation options such as electric vehicles (EVs), FortisBC is working with the Province of British Columbia and BC Hydro to offer rebates to BC residents, companies, building owners and strata councils for purchasing and installing EV charging stations for workplaces and multi-unit residential buildings. Incentives are also available for homes

Eligibility

  1. The building must be connected to a current electricity account with FortisBC or the municipal utilities of Grand Forks, Penticton, Summerland or Nelson Hydro.
  2. The building where the charging station is to be installed must have been constructed before August 31, 2019 (i.e. new construction buildings are not eligible). 
  3. Eligible multi-unit residential buildings include condominiums, high-rises and apartment buildings that have dedicated parking for residents. 
  4. Eligible workplaces must have five or more employees who work primarily at the premises where the charging station(s) will be installed and have dedicated parking for employees. 
  5. Workplace premises may be owned or leased by the applicant. 
  6. Applicants must be pre-approved by FortisBC to be eligible for the program. 
  7. Only costs incurred after the pre-approval date and on or after September 26, 2019, are eligible. 
  8. This incentive cannot be combined with ZAPBC incentives for EV charging stations. 
  9. Rebate applications must be submitted within four months of the pre-approval date, as provided by FortisBC, or by March 31, 2020, whichever comes first.

Review all the terms and conditions.

Rebate details

The Home and Workplace EV Charging Program helps BC residents, registered companies, strata councils and others who own or manage buildings to save up to $2,000 on the costs of purchasing and installing an eligible Level 2 charging station or energized 208V or 240V outlet dedicated to EV charging for the use of your residents or employees.

A single port station counts as one charging station; dual port stations count as two charging stations. Organizations applying for incentives at different sites can receive incentives for a maximum of four sites.

Equipment Rebate Requirements

Level 2 EV charging station or dedicated 208V or 240V outlet in a multi-unit residential building 

eligible equipment list

50% of eligible purchase and installation costs,* up to $2,000 per station, to a maximum of $14,000 per application

  • purchased in BC, and not leased
  • approved for sale and use in Canada (cUL, cETL, CSA certification)
  • Level 2 (208 or 240V) station, featuring a SAE J1772 standard plug head
  • must be a permanent installation
  • must be networked and connected via standard internet protocol to a central system using either open communication protocols (such as OCPP, OpenADR, or other) or a proprietary system
  • installed by a licensed electrical contractor (you can find one using our directory
  • must have an oversized conduit installed to allow for future growth (i.e. to be capable of supplying service to at least six Level 2 charging stations at 40A each, or the total number of parking stalls, whichever comes first)
  • must run conduit (pre-wiring not required) to provide future service to all parking stalls, or 30 metres into the parking area, whichever comes first
  • must install junction boxes at intervals for future runoffs
  • must include a label stating “For Use With Electric Vehicles Only” in conspicuous places at the service panel/sub-panel and along the conduit raceway

Level 2 EV charging station in a multi-unit residential building that was constructed after implementation of municipal bylaws requiring EV-ready parking stalls 

eligible equipment list

50% of eligible purchase and installation costs,* up to $350 per station, to a maximum of $5,000 per application

Level 2 EV charging station or dedicated 208V or 240V outlet available for employee use at a workplace 

eligible equipment list

50% of eligible purchase and installation costs,* up to $2,000 per station, to a maximum of $14,000 per application

  • purchased in BC, and not leased
  • approved for sale and use in Canada (cUL, cETL, CSA certification
  • Level 2 (208 or 240V) station, featuring a SAE J1772 standard plug head
  • must be a permanent installation
  • must be networked and connected via standard internet protocol to a central system using either open communication protocols (such as OCPP, OpenADR, or other) or a proprietary system
  • installed by a licensed electrical contractor (you can find one using our directory)

*Eligible costs include purchase of charging station equipment; labour and construction; site assessments; permits; EV parking signage; and parking and electrical design for installation of the charging station(s) and associated conduit. Ineligible costs include installation of non-EV charging infrastructure; painting of parking area; administration or communications between property managers and residents/employees; monthly or annual subscription fees associated with the charging station; and taxes paid on equipment, labour or fees. Charging infrastructure that is already required under regulation, building codes, strata bylaws or other programs is not eligible for incentives. For more information, review the program guide.

Powerful advice on EV charging station projects

Employers, building managers and stratas can get support from an EV charging station advisor to help navigate the consultation, planning and implementation process. These services are provided by Fraser Basin Council in coordination with FortisBC and BC Hydro. For details, email EVadvisor@pluginbc.ca, or visit pluginbc.ca.

How to apply

  1. Submit a pre-approval application and contractor consultation form, which should include information about your organization, approval to install charging stations at the site from the authority having jurisdiction over the site and a quote for the work by a licensed electrical contractor
  2. After receiving pre-approval from FortisBC, you may purchase and install the approved number of EV charging stations, as well as the charging station, conduit and revenue grade meter (if applicable).
  3. Within four months of your pre-approval date, or by March 31, 2020 (whichever comes first), complete and submit the rebate application form.
  4. Please provide copies of the following with your application:
    • a contractor installation form for either workplaces or multi-unit residential buildings, completed and signed by the electrical contractor who installed the equipment
    • the paid, itemized receipt or invoice for the purchase of an eligible electric vehicle charging station, which should include the name, address and phone number of the Canadian retailer where you purchased the equipment, the purchase date, price (excluding tax), and product make and model
    • the paid, itemized receipt or invoice for the installation of the electric vehicle charging station by a licensed electrical contractor
    • the paid receipt or invoices for any other eligible costs
    • evidence of an electrical inspection for installation of the EV charging station, such as an Electrical Contractor Authorization and Declaration of Compliance affidavit or a Certificate of Inspection issued by an authority such as your municipality or Technical Safety BC
    • if you incurred electrical inspection costs that are not detailed in the installation invoice, include a copy of your paid invoice or receipt itemizing electrical inspection costs and work

    Ensure all receipts are clear, legible, itemized and indicate all relevant information for your application.

  5. Please allow up to 90 days for your rebate application to be processed
  6. If selected, you may be required to participate in a site visit to verify the installation of the charging station or in follow-up surveys or interviews on behalf of FortisBC, BC Hydro or the Province of British Columbia.

CleanBC Go Electric

Through the CleanBC Go Electric plan and our partners, the Province is making clean transportation more affordable and accessible for British Columbians. To learn more, visit goelectricbc.gov.bc.ca.

We’re here to help

If you have questions about the Home and Workplace EV Charging Station Program, contact us at 1-866-436-7847 or electricrebates@fortisbc.com.

This program is funded by the Province of British Columbia.
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