Zero-Emission Vehicle Awareness Initiative (ZEVAI)

Receive up to $300,000 in Canadian Government Funding.

The Government of Canada has a target of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) reaching 10% of light-duty vehicles (LDV) sales per year by 2025, 30% by 2030, and 100% by 2040. To achieve these goals there needs to be a stronger focus on initiatives designed to increase availability, awareness, and use of lower-carbon transportation options.

Administered by Natural Resources Canada, the Zero-Emission Vehicle Awareness Initiative provides funding for projects that address knowledge gaps and awareness among Canadians on ZEV technologies to move Canadians through the consumer continuum to ZEV adoption.

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Zero-Emission Vehicle Awareness Initiative (ZEVAI)

Amount of Funding

Light-duty Vehicle Stream: Successful applicants may receive the following funding amounts:

  • For-profit organizations:
    • Up to 50% of total project costs, with a maximum contribution amount $200,000 if completing prior to March 31, 2023.
  • Not-for-profit organizations, governments, or indigenous applicants:
    • Up to 75% of total project costs, with a maximum contribution amount $300,000 if completing prior to March 31, 2023.

*All proposals must be clear about the expected completion date (2022 or 2023).

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Zero-Emission Vehicle Awareness Initiative (ZEVAI)

Eligible Applicants

Light-duty Vehicle Stream: Applicants may be eligible if they meet the following characteristics:

  • Utilities in electricity or gas;
  • Private corporations;
  • Research and/or industry associations;
  • Indigenous communities;
  • Academic institutions within Canada; or
  • Governments and their agencies ranging municipal, regional, provincial, and territorial.
Eligible Applicants for Canadian Government Funding

Zero-Emission Vehicle Awareness Initiative (ZEVAI)

Eligible Activities

Light-duty Vehicle Stream: A project for the ZEVAI program may be eligible if they meet criteria similar to:

  • The project is creating and disseminating a new and unique awareness campaign;
  • Implementing an information portal on a web-presence;
  • Test-driving a trial program;
  • Generating training materials for a specific marketable audience;
  • Establishing a best-practices guideline;
  • Developing a series of in-person events or virtual meetings; and
  • Implementing a membership program for electric vehicles.
Eligible Expenses for Canadian Government Funding

Zero-Emission Vehicle Awareness Initiative (ZEVAI)

Program Deadline

Light-duty Vehicle Stream: Applicants that are approved for funding through the ZEVAI must complete their project prior to March 31, 2024. Applications must be submitted by August 18, 2022.

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