News release: September 14, 2020
New electric vehicle charging stations available at Southfields Community Centre
Charging stations are the first of 43 to be built in the region from a Natural Resources Canada grant
BRAMPTON, ON (Sept. 14, 2020) Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson, Brampton Councillor Harkirat Singh, Mississauga Councillor Matt Mahoney, and Interim Commissioner of Peel Public Works and Chair of the Peel Climate Change Partnership Andrew Farr, joined Brampton East MP Maninder Sidhu to officially open seven new publicly available electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at Southfields Community Centre in Caledon. The EV charging stations were made possible through Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan’s) Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP).
Today the transportation sector accounts for approximately 25% of Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with light-duty vehicles accounting for about 12% of those national emissions. Electric vehicles are an integral part of Canada’s plan to exceed its target of reducing GHG emissions 30 per cent by 2030. Part of achieving this goal includes encouraging Canadians to purchase zero-emission vehicles, requiring a reliable network of EV charging stations.
“These new EV charging stations are a positive step forward in expanding the needed infrastructure network throughout the region,” said Andrew Farr, Interim Commissioner of Public Works at the Region of Peel and chair of the Peel Climate Change Partnership (PCCP). “By working together, the members of the PCCP were able to qualify for the ZEVIP funding, allowing each organization to make strides towards achieving a Low Carbon Community.”
The PCCP is made of the Region of Peel, City of Brampton, Town of Caledon, City of Mississauga, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and Credit Valley Conservation (CVC). The NRCan grant provided $207,000 in total for distribution across the partner organizations to install 43 electric vehicle charging stations across 11 region, municipal, and conservation authority owned sites by Dec. 31, 2021.
“As our community grows, this addition to our EV charging network will support residents with choosing electric, which helps improve air quality and transition the region to a low-carbon future,” said Maninder Sidhu, MP Brampton East. “Together we will be able to realize The Government of Canada’s goal of 100 per cent of new vehicle sales being zero-emission vehicles by 2040.”
Visit our website for more information about the PCCP and list of future EV charging station locations.
Region of Peel
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