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4,500-Charging Station Grant Program

Grant program for the installation of curbside charging stations

Are you a Québec municipality looking to provide more electric charging stations in your downtown core and in densely populated neighborhoods? Hydro-Québec is launching a new grant program for the purchase and installation of curbside charging stations, offering up to $24,000 for admissible expenses, before taxes, per station, for accepted projects.

New date to apply
The new opening dates to submit a grant application form is from November 30, 2021 to February 28, 2022.

Program information

For the first two years, the 4,500-Charging Station Grant Program is exclusively for charging stations installed along the curb, where electric vehicles parked on the street can use them. For each curbside charging station, two parking spaces—angled, parallel or perpendicular to the curb—must be reserved for charging. This grant program will begin on May 27, 2021 and will close at the end of 2028 (lasting eight years). 

Curbside stations must meet one of the following charging needs:  
•    overnight charging in neighborhoods where electric vehicle owners do not have access to private outlets
•    daytime charging downtown and near shops. 

Who is this grant program for?

This grant program is for Québec municipalities, to help them provide more charging stations in densely populated neighborhoods and the downtown core.  

Criteria and commitments to be met

Eligibility criteria for the 4,500-Charging Station Grant Program 1
  • Be a municipality located in Québec.
  • Reserve two parking spaces—angled, parallel or perpendicular to the curb—for each subsidized curbside charging station.
  • Allow access to the curbside station 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Offer free parking in front of the curbside station from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Have at least a third generation (3G) cellular signal with a minimum power of –100 dBm at the location where the curbside station will be installed. If a cellular signal is not available, the charging station's communication gateway could be configured to work with an existing Internet connection via an Ethernet cable.
  • Submit a map of the streets where the charging stations will be installed and give preference to those installed:
    • in neighborhoods where residents do not have access to private outlets;
    • downtown, within one kilometer of businesses, shops, office towers, etc.
  • At the municipality’s expense, conduct a feasibility study on the curbside stations’ installation prior to submitting the grant application (see the Curbside Station Installation Guide).
  • Submit an estimate of the installation costs.
  • Establish a preliminary timeline for installing the curbside stations.
    1 Program terms and conditions are subject to change without notice.

Municipality’s commitments, once approval is received
  • Sign the partnership agreement or renewed partnership agreement with Hydro-Québec for the deployment of Electric Circuit charging stations.
  • Sign the financial contribution agreement for the 4,500-Charging Station Grant Program.
  • Purchase the curbside station(s) from the Electric Circuit charging station supplier.
  • Install the curbside station(s) and submit supporting documents within 12 months of receiving the grant confirmation letter from Hydro-Québec.
  • Supply the necessary technical teams or subcontractors to carry out the project.
  • Minimize costs by preferably installing stations near handholes for connection to the underground system.
  • Cover curbside station installation costs exceeding the grant amount.
  • Comply with applicable environmental protection standards (including protected areas and disposal of excavation waste).
  • Maintain each curbside station in good working order for a minimum of five years after commissioning.
  • Do not build a bike path between the curbside station and the parking spaces reserved for charging.
  • Install adequate signage at the charging station (Stationnement réservé pour véhicule électrique en recharge).
  • Maintain and remove snow from surfaces around the curbside station for a minimum of five years after commissioning.
  • Pay the annual equipment management fees.
  • Cover maintenance and repair costs for the stations, as needed.
    Important: 
    Should the municipality withdraw a charging station before the end of its five-year commitment, it will have to repay the grant, prorated for the remainder of the period.
     
     

How to complete an application

Important note: 
Before you send in your grant application, it is recommended that you submit the project to your city council for a resolution letter. You may attach the letter to your grant application.

Hydro-Québec strongly recommends that you review the Applicant’s Guide  before completing the application.

Just because you submit a grant application to Hydro-Québec for a curbside station project does not automatically mean it will be approved or that the program grant will be awarded.

Each municipality may submit only one grant application per year. An application may include one or more charging stations.
It is imperative that applicants provide all required information and include the following documents with their application for review:

  • completed application form,
  • projected budget,
  • preliminary site plan for the station(s),
  • Signed resolution letter from city council (optional, but highly recommended).

Incomplete grant applications will not be processed.

Application deadline 

The completed grant application form and all required documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 28, 2022. A copy of the application will also be emailed to you; please keep this copy as proof of your submission.

Applications submitted after this date will be rejected. 

Review of applications

Application files will be reviewed between March 1st and 31, 2022. The week after the review has been completed, the municipalities whose projects are selected will receive a conditional approval letter. Only those municipalities will be eligible to receive the grant, upon submission of charging station purchase and installation invoices.

Municipalities whose project applications are not selected will be notified by letter.

Project applications for which a conditional funding recommendation is made will be subject to due diligence. This verification will examine the municipality’s ability to carry out the project. Hydro-Québec may require the municipality to provide confirmation or clarification in support of its project application. The findings of the due diligence process will allow Hydro-Québec to determine whether it can enter into a final agreement with the municipality for the proposed project. 

Projected costs and grant amount

Curbside station purchasing costs

A detailed quote will be sent by the charging station supplier to the municipalities, including a three-year warranty.

Additional projected costs (excluded from the grant)

The equipment management fees for each curbside charging station.

Curbside station installation costs

The costs of installing curbside stations vary according to several criteria. Please refer to the Curbside Charging Station Installation Guide to help you to establish the installation budget.

Grant amount

Each curbside station may receive a grant of up to $24,000 for eligible costs, before taxes, upon presentation of applicable invoices.

The municipality must purchase and install charging stations from the Electric Circuit supplier.

Once the work is complete and the station is in service, the municipality can send photos of the installed station, as well as its purchase and installation invoices to programme4500bornes@hydroquebec.com.

Hydro-Québec will inform the municipality in writing of the amount of the grant for which it is eligible based on the documents received. 

The municipality must then send Hydro-Québec an invoice for the grant, plus any applicable taxes, using its accounting system.

Only those municipalities that have received an approval letter for their project will be eligible for the grant.

Important documents 
For more information, please refer to the Applicant’s Guide and the Curbside Charging Station Installation Guide.

Definitions 

Primary curbside station

Charging point consisting of two 240-V stations mounted on a central mast with a charging cable retraction system. The primary curbside station has an electrical cabinet containing the meter when it is not connected to an existing external electrical distribution panel. The first station on a curbside charging point is the primary station. This type of station must be installed at every curbside charging point.


Secondary curbside station

Charging point consisting of two 240-V stations mounted on a central mast with a charging cable retraction system. Each secondary curbside station must be directly connected to the primary curbside station or to the external distribution panel. If a curbside charging point has only one station, there is no need to install any secondary stations.


240-V station

Charging station consisting of a single cable and connector that can charge one electric vehicle at a time. Every curbside charging point has two 240-V stations.


Charging station hub

A set of stations installed within 30 metres of each other and connected to the same communication gateway.

Additional information

Please consult our FAQ or contact us by email at programme4500bornes@hydroquebec.com.

Frequently asked questions 

How long will the 4,500-Charging Station Grant Program run?

The program will begin on May 27, 2021, and end in late 2028.


How do I apply for a grant?

Simply complete the Application form by the application deadline and attach the required supporting documentation.


How many grant applications can I submit?

Each municipality can submit only one grant application per year. An application may include one or more charging stations.


Who is the 4,500-Charging Station Grant Program for?

The program is exclusively for Québec municipalities.


Can I apply for a grant on behalf of my company or institution?

Unfortunately, no. The program is only for municipalities.


Will I be informed if my application is not selected?

All municipalities will be notified following the review of the applications, whether or not their project has been selected.


What are the goals of the 4,500-Charging Station Grant Program?

The program is designed to provide funding to municipalities to improve charging infrastructure in densely populated neighborhoods where electric vehicle owners do not have access to private outlets. In other words, the addition of curbside stations will allow residents of a municipality who live in a multi-unit building or condominium to charge their electric vehicles. The program also aims to improve the availability of charging infrastructure in the downtown core of municipalities through curbside stations.


Are all types of stations eligible for the program?

No. For the first two years, only curbside stations are eligible for the grant program. This charging station consists of two 240-V chargers mounted on a central mast with a cable retraction system to prevent cables and connectors from dragging on the ground. The curbside station must also be connected to a third generation (3G) or higher cellular network in order to be integrated into the Electric Circuit charging network. If a cellular signal is not available, the charging station's communication gateway could be configured to work with an existing Internet connection via an Ethernet cable.


What is a curbside charging station?

•    The primary curbside station consists of two 240-V chargers mounted on a central mast with a cable retraction system. The primary curbside station has an electrical cabinet containing the meter when it is not connected to an existing external electrical distribution panel.
•    The secondary curbside station consists of two 240-V chargers mounted on a central mast with a cable retraction system. Each secondary curbside station must be directly connected to the primary curbside station or to the external distribution panel.
•    The 240-V charger consists of a single cable and connector that can charge one electric vehicle at a time. Every curbside charging station has two 240-V chargers.


How much does a curbside station cost?

A quote with detailed prices will be sent by the charging station supplier to the municipality. The price will include a three-year warranty.


Are there any additional projected costs (excluded from the grant)?

Equipment management fee for curbside charging station.


How much does it cost to install a curbside station?

The costs of installing curbside stations vary according to several criteria. Please refer to the Curbside Charging Station Installation Guide to help you to establish the installation budget.


How is a curbside station installed?

Since the curbside station is installed on the sidewalk, excavation work is required and sidewalk repairs must be carried out once the station is installed. A master electrician must perform the electrical work and establish the connection to the power grid. For comprehensive information on installing curbside stations, please refer to the Curbside Charging Station Installation Guide.


How much is the grant?

Each curbside station may receive a grant of up to $24,000 in eligible costs before taxes, upon presentation of applicable invoices.


What is the procedure for obtaining a grant?

Once the project has been selected and the acceptance letter has been received, the municipality must purchase the stations from the official Electric Circuit supplier, install them and then send the invoices to programme4500bornes@hydroquebec.com.
Hydro-Québec will inform the municipality in writing of the amount of the grant for which it is eligible on the basis of the documents received.
The municipality must issue Hydro-Québec an invoice for the amount of the grant, plus any applicable taxes, through its accounting system.
Ensemble de bornes installées à moins de 30 mètres les unes des autres et raccordées à la même passerelle de communication.