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January 9, 2020, 10:28 am

Planned Network of Charging Stations Receives Boost from Northern Development

Northern Development Initiative Trust

PRINCE GEORGE - Northern Development Initiative Trust today announced its commitment of $192,000 towards the creation of an electric vehicle (EV) charging station network across central and northern B.C.

Branded “Charge North”, this partnership involves 23 regional districts, municipalities and First Nations and demonstrates collaboration on addressing the issue of clean energy, while supporting economic development and enhancing tourism.

Once fully developed, this network will further open up central and northern B.C. to EV drivers and improve accessibility for existing drivers, bringing more people to communities throughout the region and increasing the profile of local attractions.

The Strategic Initiatives Fund (SIF) grant from Northern Development will assist with the purchase of 47 Level 2 stations to be located in 26 local government and First Nation communities (see attached).

The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George (RDFFG) submitted the application and are working with other local governments and First Nations. The Community Energy Association – an independent organization that supports local governments in developing and implementing community energy and emissions plans – is managing the overall project.

Once purchased, Charge North will work towards the installation of all 47 stations.

SIF is a proposal-based program that provides grant funding for strategic projects that are large in scale, regional in impact, enhance a community or multiple communities’ ability to overcome economic challenges and will result in incremental capacity or strategic economic infrastructure within a local government or First Nation. The goal of the program is to support community-based projects that focus on long-term economic transformation and sustainability.

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Lara Beckett, Vice-Chair, Regional District Fraser Fort George
“The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George has identified climate action as a core strategic priority.  Advancing the development of an electric vehicle charging network in Northern B.C. will go a long way in reducing CO2 emissions. We thank Northern Development Initiative Trust for supporting this project.”

Joel McKay, CEO, Northern Development Initiative Trust
“This isn’t a ‘one and done’ project. As the number of EVs increase, so does the need for charging stations and I look forward to committing more grant dollars in the future. Thank you to our partners and everyone who made this a realty – the north isn’t going to wait to go green.”

Janice Keyes, Senior Manager, Community Energy Engagement, Community Energy Association
“The number of British Columbians switching to electric vehicles is growing exponentially. There are over 20,000 new EVs on BC’s roads, with more diverse models coming to the market. This project recognizes that growth and the potential it provides. There has been great enthusiasm from everyone involved and we really appreciate the support NDIT has provided.”

Electric vehicle owners in Prince George joined the announcement at an existing charging station on UNBC’s campus.

Attachment: Charge North Communities for Level 2 Charging Stations

Media Contact

Holly Plato
Director, Communications and Marketing
Northern Development Initiative Trust
hollyp@northerndevelopment.bc.ca
250-561-2525

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