Published on February 12th, 2016 | by James Ayre


Ontario Raises Some EV Incentives, Lowers Others

February 12th, 2016 by  

Originally published on EV Obsession.

The Canadian province of Ontario has gone ahead and increased the incentives available through the Electric Vehicle Incentive Program to up to CAD$14,000 per unit — up from the previous incentive range of CAD$5000-CAD$8,500 — according to a new press release.

The government there also decided to limit the incentives’ applicability to electric vehicles (EVs) that sell for under CAD$75,000 — with the intent clearly being to encourage the purchase of cheaper models, and also to no longer subsidize the purchase of luxury cars by rich people. EVs that sell for between CAD$75,000 and CAD$150,000 will reportedly still be eligible for incentives of up to CAD$3,000.


The move is apparently part of the province’s Climate Change Strategy, and was personally announced by Premier Kathleen Wynne at WaterPark Place in Toronto a few days ago. The province is currently aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% (as compared to 1990 levels) by the year 2050.

Here are the specifics, courtesy of the press release (a reminder, this is all in Canadian dollars):

  • Increase the current incentive range for EVs from $5,000 – $8,500 to $6,000 – $10,000
  • Provide an opportunity to receive an additional $3,000 incentive for vehicles with larger battery capacities
  • Provide an additional $1,000 incentive for vehicles with five or more seats
  • Continue to provide incentives linked to battery capacity of more than 5 kilowatt-hours
  • Cap incentives for vehicles priced between $75,000 and $150,000 at $3,000
  • Provide up to $1,000 for the purchase and installation of chargers for home and business use.

These changes are retroactive back to the first of the year (January, 1, 2016), so anyone that has bought an EV there since then can make a claim.

Though some commentators bang on repeatedly about us covering Tesla news too much… I’m going to go ahead and make the observation here that these changes will substantially lower the costs of purchasing a Model 3

To date, there are currently around 5800 EVs in Ontario, with 4800 of these pertaining to EVs purchased using this incentive program.

(Tip of the hat here to “phigment” on the Tesla Motors Club forum.)

Reprinted with permission.

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  • ROBwithaB

    This is a much more sensibly structured plan than the current US federal rebate for EVs.
    One would hope that the US program can be extended, along these lines, to make it more accessible to “regular folk”.
    The accusation that the current program “subsidises rich people’s toys” is substantially valid. Not a sustainable political proposition, with that sort of baggage.

    Put together a program that “helps hardworking American families to protect their children’s future”. By all means exclude the rich. If you can afford to spend $100k on a car, you don’t need any assistance from Uncle Sam.

  • ROBwithaB

    Expect to see a lot of Model 3s driving around Toronto by 2018.

  • hybridbear

    This is a great program! I wish we had something this good here in the US.

  • vensonata

    So…how much is the Bolt in Canada?

  • Ken

    People seem to forget a couple of important details related to prices and rebates. Prices quoted are almost always American prices in USD. Canadian pricing is always higher. The Canadian dollar has lost over 30% of its value in the past 18 months versus the USD. There are no EVs built in Canada. To keep the value of the Ontario rebate the same relative to the USD with today’s exchange rate means the $8500 rebate becomes $12,000. So they might have helped keep the price of EVs the same as before and not cheaper because it is a sure bet foreign made EVs prices will go up to reflect the exchange rate changes.

    • Brett

      Yeah, except if the exchange rate stays the way it is, the economic case for GM or Ford to start producing more cars in Canada is going to rise again.

      Before the ‘oil boom’ our US exchange rate was pretty close to where it is now, and at times was much worse.

  • Martin

    Well most people do not spend $ 75.000 to $ 150.000 for a new set of wheels.
    If somebody spends $ 100.000 for a car, truck etc, they are not buying it ti get an incentive of $ 5.000 or $ 6.000, but they will take that money just like the rest of us.
    So those incentives changes are better for the rest of the 90 % buying public.
    Now if we only can get BC to put more money into incentives for EV’s and raise those incentives like Ontario.

    • Jesse Reimer


      I used to hound the Alberta government to offer any incentive whatsoever for a purchase of an EV, which in retrospect, was fruitless when the PCs were in power. I may not like everything the NDP does, but they’re much more likely to offer EV incentives that the Conservatives ever were.

      Here’s to hoping =)

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