THE City of Delta announced on Thursday that it will receive $77,250 in funding from Natural Resources Canada’s Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program for the installation of 20 electric vehicle charging stations at public facilities across Delta.
NRCan’s funding, equaling close to 50 percent of total project costs, will help build a community-wide expansion of electric vehicle charging stations, which are planned to be open to the public in 2021.
“By investing in clean transportation, the Government of Canada is giving Canadians more choices to purchase, charge and drive vehicles that will power our transition to a low carbon economy. This is an important step along our path to net-zero by 2050,” said Seamus O’Regan, federal Minister of Natural Resources.
Carla Qualtrough, federal Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion and MP for Delta, said: “Investments in clean transportation are critical to building healthy, sustainable communities where we can thrive now and for generations to come. This investment will allow electric vehicles to become more feasible in our community as charging stations will be more readily available. I’m excited to see how this project will benefit our community of Delta and our environment.”
Delta Mayor George V. Harvie said: “I want to thank the Federal Government as this funding goes a long way towards supporting Delta’s Electric Vehicle Strategy, helping us create the infrastructure needed to encourage electric vehicles in our community. I appreciate working with our Member of Parliament, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, and acknowledge her support towards Delta’s climate action goals and providing greener transportation options for residents as we work towards a net-zero future.”
The City of Delta said it has been working continuously on reducing its greenhouse gases and on climate mitigation and adaptation. As part of these efforts, the mayor and Delta Council recently endorsed an Electric Vehicle Strategy to recognize the importance of electric vehicles in reducing Delta’s carbon footprint. Several actions in the City’s new Electric Vehicle Strategy support increasing Delta’s public electric vehicle charging network. The funding provided by Natural Resources Canada assists Delta in achieving this goal.