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Canadian BEV Rebates

Aimed at all Canadians, the Government of Canada offers a rebate on EVs that can be applied to the purchase or lease of a passenger battery-electric vehicle (BEV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) or hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV). As well, some provinces have their own incentive programs that, combined with the federal rebate, can bring BEV prices close to some internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles.

 

Incentives or rebates related to PHEVs and FCEVs are not covered here since EV Canada only covers BEV topics of interest.

Last updated 2024 01 18

Federal Incentives For All Canadians

The Incentives for Zero-Emission Vehicles (iZEV) Program

To help accelerate the adoption of electric vehicle, the government of Canada created the Incentives for Zero-Emission Vehicles (iZEV) Program. The iZEV Program maintains a list of eligible vehicles and is updated whenever a new make and/or model is approved.

The iZEV Program offers point-of-sale incentives for consumers who buy or lease a BEV vehicle purchased or leased for at least 12 months, on or after the eligibility date.

Eligible BEV vehicles are eligible for up to $5,000.

 

iZEV Program requirements:

 

  • A passenger car, where the base model Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is less than $55,000. Higher priced trims of these vehicles, up to a maximum MSRP of $65,000, will also be eligible for purchase incentives;

 

  • A station wagon, pickup truck (light truck), sport utility vehicle (SUV), minivan, van, or special purpose vehicle, where the base model MSRP is less than $60,000. Higher priced trims of these vehicles, up to a maximum MSRP of $70,000, will also be eligible for purchase incentives.

 

Other highlights of the iZEV Program

 

  • Only new BEVs are eligible for the federal rebate. However, eligible BEVs that are demonstrators are considered new vehicles and are eligible for the incentive as long as the odometer reads less than 10,000 km.

  • Incentives can be applied to eligible BEVs leased for at least 12 months, but will be prorated (adjusted) based on the length of a lease less than 48 months. For example, a 48-month lease is eligible for the full incentive, while a vehicle with a 24-month lease will be eligible for half the incentive.

  • BEVs are still eligible for the incentive even if delivery, freight and other fees push the actual purchase price over these set limits. As long as a vehicle appears on the list of eligible vehicles, an incentive can be provided.

  • Individuals are eligible for one incentive under this Program in a calendar year.

  • The incentive will be applied at the point-of-sale by the dealership. It will appear directly on the bill of sale or lease agreement on eligible vehicles on, or after, the eligibility date. The dealer must apply taxes and fees to the purchase or lease before applying the incentive. The dealer must submit the documentation required to be reimbursed for an incentive provided to consumers at the point-of-sale.The federal incentive for eligible BEVs will be applied in addition to any provincial or territorial incentive offered.

Additional Incentives / rebates offered by Canada’s Provinces and Territories

In addition to the federal iZEV incentives for eligible BEVs, some provincial or territorial offer rebates that can be used to layer on top of the federal incentive of $5,000.  Some provinces and territories which offer their own rebates use the same eligibility criterias of the iZEV program. Provincial and territory BEV incentive programs are only available to buyers who are residents of that particular province or territory.

 

Regrettably, only six provinces and one territory offer BEV rebates. They are Newfoundland/Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island , New Brunswick, Québec, British Columbia and Yukon. The provinces of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and the territories of Northwest Territories and Nunavut do not offer any incentives for the purchase of BEVs.

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This province’s rebate program offers $2,500 on the purchase or lease (minimum 48 months) of a new BEV. This rebate also applies to the purchase of a pre-owned BEV.

 

The province does not use the same eligibility criteria of the federal iZEV program. Rather, it uses the Natural Resources Canada 2022 Fuel Consumption Guide. Eligible vehicle models are listed on pages 38-43 of the Guide.

 

Presently, the program is active from April 1, 2022 to March 15, 2023.

 

Specific details on the eligibility, eligible models and how to apply for your rebate can be found at the following link: Newfoundland/Labrador Electric Vehicle Rebate Program

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Nova Scotia’s rebate program offers $3,000 on the purchase or lease of a new BEV. A rebate of $2,000 can be also applied to the purchase of a pre-owned BEV with a retail price of $10,000 to $55,000.

 

Eligible vehicles are the same as the federal iZEV incentive program

 

Incentives will be administered at point-of-sale, applied directly on the bill of sale or lease agreement.

 

More details about the program, including rebates on e-bikes can be found at the following link:

Electrify Nova Scotia Rebate Program

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The Government of PEI provides $5,000 to Islanders who purchase or lease a new BEV. This rebate also applies to the purchase of a pre-owned BEV and must have a sticker price of $55,000 or less to qualify.

 

Eligible vehicles are the same as the federal iZEV incentive program.

 

Incentives will be administered at point-of-sale, applied directly on the bill of sale or lease agreement.

 

Another perk is that there is no yearly registration fee for BEVs.

 

More details about the program, including information about receiving a free Level 2 charger for those who utilize the program, can be found at this following link: Universal EV Incentive Program

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Residents of New Brunswick who purchase or lease new qualifying BEVs may receive up to $5,000.  A rebate of $2,500 can be applied to the purchase of a pre-owned BEV with a retail price from $10,000 to $60,000, regardless of what its original MSRP was.

 

Eligible vehicles are the same as the federal iZEV incentive program.

 

Residents who receive a vehicle rebate are eligible to claim 50% of the cost to purchase and install one new level 2 EV charger, up to a maximum of $750. 

 

In order to get the rebate, the vehicle must be purchased from an NB dealership. If the dealer does not offer point of sale rebates, visit the Access your rebate page to begin the rebate application process.

 

Full details about the program can be found at this following link: Plug-In NB Rebate Program

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Residents of the province of Québec who purchase or lease new qualifying BEVs may receive up to $7,000 if the MSRP is less than $60,000. 

 

The vehicle must be included on the list of eligible new vehicles

 

The rebate for a used electric vehicle is $3,500. The vehicle must be included on the list of eligible used vehicles.

 

The amount of the rebate depends on the type of vehicle and conditions such as the vehicle’s selling price, electric battery capacity, model year, year of purchase, etc.  The date of registration of the vehicle and not the date of purchase or order is used to determine the amount of the rebate.

 

The Roulez vert program also offers a $600 rebate on the purchase of a home charging station, up to $5,000 per connector towards the installation of charging stations for a business and up to $5,000 per connector for multi-unit buildings.

 

Full details on La Belle Province's program can be found at the following link:  Roulez vert program

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Regrettably, the Government of Ontario no longer offers any incentives for BEVs after the Ford government cancelled in 2018 the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program.

 

Furthermore, it appears that Plug’n Drive’s offering of two incentives for Ontario drivers is no longer available. They were:

- The Used EV Incentive Program provides $1,000 toward the purchase of a used fully electric car.

​- The Scrappage Incentive Program offers $1,000 toward the purchase of a used fully electric or plug-in hybrid electric car when you scrap your old gas-powered car.

 

In Ontario, BEVs sporting green licence plates, can drive in High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes with any number of occupants and High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes on 400-series highways and the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) at no cost with any number of occupants.

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Unfortunately, the Government of Manitoba does not offer any incentives for BEVs. 

 

However, it offers a loan of up to $3,000 for the purchase and installation of a level 2 charger thru its Home Energy Efficiency Loan provincial program.

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Unfortunately, the Government of Saskatchewan does not offer any incentives for BEVs nor any other types of rebates.

 

This province charges BEV owners with an annual fee of $150.

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Unfortunately, the Government of Alberta does not offer any incentives for BEVs nor any other types of rebates.

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Residents of the province of BC need to meet an income requirement in order to be pre-approved for a rebate before buying a new BEV. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To further qualify for this provincial rebate, the MSRP of the vehicle cannot be more than $55,000. Larger vehicles such as station wagons, mini-vans, SUVs, small and standard pickup trucks and passenger vans priced up to $70,000 may also qualify.

Individuals can only get a rebate once during the lifetime of the passenger vehicle rebate program.

 

Used BEVs purchases are exempt from the provincial sales tax

 

Get a rebate of up to 50% (up to $350) to install a Level 2 (240 volt) charging station in your single-family home, duplex, or townhouse with private garage or dedicated parking area.

 

Rebates are also available for other types of EVs, including motorcycles and scooters.

 

If you own a qualifying BEV, you can apply for a decal that allows you to drive your vehicle in HOV lanes on B.C. highways. 

 

Full details about this rebate program can be found at this link: CleanBC Go Electric : Passenger vehicle rebates

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Yukon residents who purchase a new qualifying BEV may receive up to $5,000.

 

With this program, pickup trucks must have a MSRP for the base trim of the model below $70,000. All other vehicle types must have a MSRP for the base trim of the model below $60,000.

 

You can purchase your vehicle in the Yukon or import it.     

 

You may get the rebate automatically when you purchase your vehicle from a local dealership.

 

Residents of Yukon are eligible for 2 rebates during the lifetime of the program.

 

Yukon resident also have access to rebates for a new electric motorcycle, new zero-emission snowmobile, new electric bicycle, Level 2 electric vehicle charger and shipping costs for a used zero-emission vehicle.

 

Acccess to full details Yukon’s rebates program can be found at this link: Clean-energy rebates

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Unfortunately, the Northwest Territories does not offer any incentives for BEVs nor any other types of rebates.

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Unfortunately, Nunavut does not offer any incentives for BEVs nor any other types of rebates.

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