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  • July 13, 2016

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Coming to Simcoe County

Green Investment Fund Fighting Climate Change, Growing Ontario’s Economy


The province is working with 24 public and private sector partners to build close to 500 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at over 250 locations in Ontario.

This includes 13 electric vehicle charging stations that will be built in 10 communities within Simcoe County:

  • Barrie
  • Bradford
  • Collingwood
  • Elmvale
  • Midhurst
  • Midland
  • Orillia
  • Stayner
  • Tottenham
  • Washago

The partnership will create an unprecedented network of public, electric vehicle stations in cities, along highways, at workplaces and at other public places across Ontario. This includes nearly 200 Level 3 charging stations and 300 Level 2 charging stations. The entire network will be in service by March 31, 2017.

The province’s $20 million investment under Ontario’s Green Investment Fund will expand charging infrastructure across the province and will help address “range anxiety,” a common concern of consumers regarding the distance electric vehicles can travel compared to traditional vehicles. Building a more robust network of public chargers across Ontario, at convenient locations, allows electric vehicle owners to plan longer trips knowing that charging stations are as readily available as gas stations. With the Electric Vehicle Chargers Ontario (EVCO) network of stations, electric vehicle drivers will be able to travel from Windsor to Ottawa or from Toronto to North Bay and within and around major urban centres.

In addition to adding the EVCO network of stations to the Ontario 511 interactive map, the station location data will be posted on the Ontario Open Data Catalogue. This initiative supports government efficiency, effectiveness, and innovation, while also providing access to EVCO network data for the public, software developers, and other interested parties to use in their mobile application or digital product development. 

A shift to low- and zero-emission vehicles is vital to the fight against climate change and achieving Ontario’s greenhouse gas pollution reduction target of 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050.

Ontario’s $325-million Green Investment Fund, a down payment on the province’s cap and trade program, is already strengthening the economy, creating good jobs and driving innovation while fighting climate change — a strong signal of what Ontarians can expect from proceeds of the province’s cap and trade program. These investments will help secure a healthy, clean and prosperous low-carbon future and transform the way we live, move, work and adapt to our environment while ensuring strong, sustainable communities.

Investing in climate action is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario's history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.



“This is great news for drivers. With more public charging stations available, electric vehicle owners can now plan longer trips with more confidence that a charging station is as readily available as a gas station is.”

— Ann Hoggarth, MPP for Barrie

“By investing in charging infrastructure that is fast, reliable and affordable we will encourage more Ontarians to purchase electric vehicles, reducing greenhouse gas pollution and keeping our air clean.”

— Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation



  • Ontario recently released its five-year Climate Change Action Plan, which will provide people and businesses with tools and incentives to accelerate the use of clean technology that exists today.
  • Green Investment Fund projects include: more electric vehicle fast-charging stations; energy retrofits for single-family homes and affordable housing; support for Indigenous communities, industry and small and medium-sized businesses, and helping local organizations fight climate change.
  • Greenhouse gases from cars account for more emissions than those from industries such as iron, steel, cement, and chemicals combined.
  • There are nearly 7,000 electric vehicles currently on the road in Ontario.
  • Over 200 applications to the Electric Vehicle Charger Ontario program were received between Dec. 21, 2015 and Feb. 12, 2016, totalling more than $165 million in grant requests.


Ontario’s Electric Vehicle Incentive Program

Ontario 511

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