Canada’s newly elected Liberal party unveiled its first budget this week. It anticipates sizable deficits for the next two years, so there seems to be little cash to spare for promoting EVs. No federal tax credit or other purchase incentives were announced, but there is a respectable amount for investment in fueling infrastructure.
From the official budget document:
Budget 2016 proposes to provide $62.5 million over two years, starting in 2016-17, to Natural Resources Canada to support the deployment of infrastructure for alternative transportation fuels, including charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and natural gas and hydrogen refueling stations. The Government will advance these objectives by working with provinces and territories, municipalities and the private sector. These resources will also support technology demonstration projects that advance electric vehicle charging technology.
The government also confirmed tax incentives for businesses to install charging stations and energy storage systems, and announced plans to replace government limousines with EVs. Electrek speculated that new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau might soon be showing up at events in a Model S.
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