Charge Up

Indigenous Clean Energy’s Charge Up program is set to power the national Indigenous electric highway! Through the program, ICE will cover 50% (up to set maximums) of electric vehicle charging station installation costs for Indigenous communities and businesses.

The total funding available is $316,250. Applications will be assessed monthly until all funding has been allocated. Please note funding is for charger installation only and does not cover ongoing maintenance and operating costs.

All Indigenous communities/organizations are invited to apply. However, the priority will be given to projects happening in rural communities and communities that do not already have a charging station.

Read on to learn about the application process and project requirements

Step 1. Read Applicant Guide
Step 5. Take picture of the site
Step 2. Choose location
Step 6. Gather articles of incorporation, site picture, contractor quote and  complete the application form (word doc version coming soon) *Please note that you must have a google account to complete application form*
Step 3. Pick charger technology based on needs
Step 7. Receive approval and sign agreement
Step 4. Have electrical contractor verify you have adequate electrical supply and provide a quote for installation
Step 8. Install chargers and submit a final report for reimbursement

Eligible Locations

Eligible applicants include legal entities, validly incorporated or registered in Canada. Installed equipment must be a permanent and new installation (replacement equipment is not eligible) for one of the following uses:

Multi-Unit Residential Buildings 

Buildings with at least three units. 

Public Places 

Parking areas intended for public use, including service stations, retail, restaurants, medical offices, and more. 


Workplaces where electric vehicle chargers are primarily used by employees. 

Light-Duty Fleets 

Electric vehicle chargers for fleets used in support of business activities, including taxis and delivery trucks. 

On-Street Parking 

On-street electric vehicle charging for public use. 

Available EV Charger Incentives


EV Charger  Output  Funding Incentive 
Level 2 (208 / 240 V) connectors  3.3kW to 19.2kW  Up to 50% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $5,000 per connector. 


EV Charger  Output  Funding Incentive 
Fast charger  20kW to 49kW  Up to 50% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $15,000 per charger. 
Faster charger  50kW to 99kw  Up to 50% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $50,000 per charger. 
Fastest charger  100kW and above  Up to 50% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $75,000 per charger. 


Eligible Costs Include:

  • EV chargers, related equipment and infrastructure
  • Rental or leasing costs
  • Licences and permits
  • GST, PST, HST net of any rebates
  • Professional services, such as engineering, construction, installation and more
  • Environmental assessment costs

Charge times for average EV sold Canada

How long does it take to charge an ev?

Typical time to fill up an 380-km battery by charging type
* DC fast charging can get many EV batteries charges to 80 per cent in 20-30 minutes

Charge times for average EV sold in Canada:


Level 1 (AC) = 40 hrs

7-9 km of range per hour

Level 2 (AC) = 12 hrs

30 km of range per hour

Level 3 (DC) = 30 min

Up to 250 km range per hour


* Average EV Range 386 km (CER, 2019)


Most EVs can charge at three different levels —knowing the differences will help you choose the right charger for your driving needs.

LEVEL 1 Charger

Level 1 chargers come included with EVs and can be plugged directly into a standard 120V household or workplace outlet and add about 7-9 km of range per hour charged. This level of charging may be sufficient for EV owners with a short daily commute.

LEVEL 2 Charger

Level 2 charging stations use a 240 Volt outlet (similar to a kitchen stove) and add about 30 km of range per hour charged. Level 2 charging stations can be found across Canada and a variety of Level 2 chargers can be purchased separately for use at home. However, these popular in-home chargers do require an electrician for installation. 

LEVEL 3 (DC Fast Chargers)

Level 3 charging stations (also known as Direct Current Fast-Chargers) use a 480 Volt system and can add up to 250 km of range per hour charged. In many cases, you can charge an EV’s battery to 80% in 30 minutes. This will vary depending on the battery size and its level of charge. These stations make longer trips that much easier for EV drivers. This type of charging is compatible with the vast majority of EVs, but make sure to check if your model has this feature.

EV Charging Suppliers

There are many EV charging station suppliers including ChargePoint, Blink, Tesla, Hypercharge, Siemens and ABB. A Canadian company FLO, has offered projects approved through the Charge Up program a 5% discount on equipment. You may use anyone you like however, please ensure the equipment meets the required technical specifications in the application guide.

To help get you started, here are estimated prices to purchase EV charging equipment:

  • Level 2 Wall Mount charger = $3,000
  • Level 2 Dual connector pedestal charger = $10,000
  • Level 3 DCFC 50kW charger = $42,000
  • Level 3 DCFC 100kW charger = $65,000

Other costs may include network connections fees, on-going service fees, and more.

Tips from the Manager of Sustainable Transportation

Hi everyone and welcome to the EV Charge Up program. This is an exciting time you are making plans for a new charger and here are some helpful points to get you started.

  • Level 3 DC Fast Chargers require you to contact your utility company to verify it can be installed because of the high amount of electricity needed to supply the charger.
  • Ensure you hire a licensed electrician.
  • To find available chargers in your area go to PlugShare or ChargeHub to view maps.

To explore more information on electric vehicles I recommend you check out Plug ‘N Drive and if you have any questions about the Charge Up program please feel free to contact us at