Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson, Brampton Councillor Harkirat Singh, Mississauga Councillor Matt Mahoney, and Interim Commissioner of Peel Public Works and Chair of the Peel Climate Change Partnership Andrew Farr, joined Brampton East MP Maninder Sidhu Monday morning to officially open seven new publicly available electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at Southfields Community Centre in Caledon.
The EV charging stations were made possible through Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan’s) Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP). “These new EV charging stations are a positive step forward in expanding the needed infrastructure network throughout the region,” said Farr. “By working together, the members of the PCCP were able to qualify for the ZEVIP funding, allowing each organization to make strides towards achieving a Low Carbon Community.”
The PCCP is made of the Region of Peel, City of Brampton, Town of Caledon, City of Mississauga, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and Credit Valley Conservation (CVC). The NRCan grant provided $207,000 in total for distribution across the partner organizations to install 43 electric vehicle charging stations across 11 region, municipal, and conservation authority owned sites by Dec. 31, 2021.
“As our community grows, this addition to our EV charging network will support residents with choosing electric, which helps improve air quality and transition the region to a low-carbon future,” said Sidhu The transportation sector accounts for approximately 25 per centof Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, with light-duty vehicles accounting for about 12 per cent of those national emissions.