Ontario Charging Up Electric Vehicle Incentives

Ontario is making some big changes to their new-vehicle Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP) in an effort to help put more people in more electric cars. They are both removing the cap of 30-percent of MSRP and getting rid of the $3,000 maximum incentive on many higher priced EVs.

While EVs over $150,000 will continue to be excluded from the program, the changes will see a big impact on buyers looking at the low and high end of the market. Previously, EVs and plug-in hybrids were limited to a total rebate of 30-percent of the sticker price. That meant that cars which cost less than $46,600 couldn’t get the full rebate. For example, a $33,998 Nissan Leaf only qualified for $10,199 of the $14,000 in 2016. That limit is now gone, meaning that the Leaf now qualifies for all $14,000, reducing its cost to Ontario buyers considerably.

This also affects the 2017 Smart ForTwo EV, Chevrolet Bolt, Ford Focus EV, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, and more, although the exact amount of the incentive still varies based on the size of the battery and passenger capacity. In short, cheap EVs just got cheaper.

More expensive EVs, those ranging in price from $75,000 to $150,000 were previously limited to a $3,000 rebate. That restriction is now gone if they are electric only (plug-in hybrids in that price range are still limited to $3,000). So cars like the Tesla Model S and Model X now receive the full $14,000 incentive, if they list for under $150,000, which will exclude only some top-end Tesla models. That’s assuming the company applies for and is accepted into the province’s new Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Advancement Partnership, which all automakers must join to receive the government rebates.

If you’ve recently bought a plug-in vehicle in Ontario, this may help you as well, as the change is retroactive to Jan 1, 2017. It’s all part of Ontario’s plan to spend $100 million over five years to improve charging infrastructure and build more charging stations, making it easier to own an EV. Automakers are required to join Ontario’s Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Advancement Partnership in order for their vehicles to qualify for the rebate.

The Government of Ontario has a complete list of all qualifying vehicles and incentives along with how to apply on their website.



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Evan Williams

Evan Williams

Evan is based in Halifax, and has been a car nut for as long as anyone can remember. He autocrosses, does lapping days and TSD rallies, breaks cars and then fixes them again.
  • Doug Singer

    not that good a deal considering the rape of the people by Wynne and Hydro

  • ViperXT

    My thoughts exactly!

  • Gh0stfighter109

    It sucks; poor working tax payers who cannot afford an EV, even with the subsidy, are subsidizing the rich folk who can buy one.

  • Jim

    How about subsidizing hydro? Then I could afford to buy and charge the damn thing.

  • Steve Struthers

    Well, considering that a Chevy Bolt is going to start at $43K for the base model, you’ll still need a personal annual income of at least $50K to afford one, or a joint income twice that much. The average wage in Ontario is something like $35K a year, so only a relative handful of people are going to be able to buy any kind of all-electric vehicle.

    The government wants people to buy EVs so they can justify the already huge hydro rates.

  • BJ

    Hydro isn’t that bad in Ontario. Its still higher in virtually every US state that surrounds us, its only Quebec and Manitoba – which both have the lowest rates on the continent – that fare lower. Atlantic Canada also has higher rates in many locations. Rates of electricity shouldn’t keep people from buying electric cars here. Likewise, incomes are higher in Ontario than many surrounding locations. A lot of upstate New York counties have per capita incomes below $30k, some cases well below. We have it very good in Ontario, we just don’t recognize it. 😉

  • BJ

    See my comments above. We pay less than most Great Lakes US states that border us in rates. Its only Quebec and Manitoba – which border Ontario – where rates are significantly lower, because they both have hydro-electric generation abilities we don’t.

  • Chilly Silly-Willy

    New York now gets about 55 percent of its electricity from plants that run on natural gas .. if gas price goes up .. their hydro goes up… we have it GOOD ? nah.. we are still getting rip off byliberal lies

  • Alan B. Graham

    Here we go – liberals are making us subsidize the rich again!

  • Zoltan Lasak

    While technically true that the rates in Ontario may not be the highest, it’s when you add in all the other charges on our hydro bills that puts us over the top.

  • Mocard

    Wynne and her friends must be in the market for new cars.. or her friends sell them so she can help boost sales.
    She’s such a crook.. how is she not in jail yet ?