The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) announced Tuesday that Ottawa is investing $350,000 in NB Power to install 52 new chargers for electric vehicles.
Funded by Natural Resources Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program, all chargers will be available by February 2024.
Ginette Petitpas Taylor, the MP for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe and minister responsible for ACOA, said the investment is to provide national leadership on climate change while growing the economy.
“With over 50 new EV chargers in Moncton and across New Brunswick, we are transforming how Canadians get to where they need to go,” said Petitpas Taylor in a news release.
“This is how we build a better, more prosperous and green future for Canada.”
Ottawa has invested $1 billion since 2015 to make EVs more affordable and chargers more accessible for Canadians, including a nationwide network of 33,000 EV chargers and federal rebates.
Jean Marc Landry, the chief customer officer of NB Power, said the utility is committed to improving the way energy is delivered to New Brunswickers using new technologies that benefit our customers.
“The workplace chargers made possible with this Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program funding will allow us to … to support New Brunswick businesses as they look to electrify their fleets and support employees with the adoption of electric vehicles,” said Landry.
The federal government has set a target of ensuring all new passenger vehicles are zero-emission by 2035.