Electric Vehicle Incentives

As of May 1, 2019, all Canadians qualify for an incentive of up to $5,000 off the purchase of a new fully electric or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

  • The base model MSRP must be less than $45,000 and the final MSRP after options must not exceed $55,000
  • For passenger vehicles with seven or more seats, the base model MSRP must be less than $55,000 and the final MSRP after options must not exceed $60,000
  • To qualify for the full eligible incentive amount, you must purchase the car outright or enter into a lease with a minimum duration of 48 months
  • This incentive is ‘stackable’ with the existing provincial EV incentives in British Columbia and Québec


Business Owners

Budget 2019 proposed a 100-per-cent write-off for zero-emission vehicles to support business adoption.  Eligible zero-emission vehicles include, a motor vehicle that is a plug-in hybrid (with a battery capacity of at least 7 kWh) or vehicles that are fully electric … including light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles purchased by a business.

This measure applies to eligible vehicles purchased and becoming available for use on or after March 19, 2019 and before January 1, 2024. Where the capital costs for eligible zero-emission passenger vehicles (e.g., cars and SUVs) exceeds $55,000, the 100 per-cent write off will be limited to $55,000 plus the federal and provincial sales tax that would have been paid if the vehicle was purchased for $55,000.

Vehicles in respect of which an incentive is paid under the new federal Incentive for Zero-Emission Vehicles Program will be ineligible for the 100-per-cent write-off.


Maximum Eligible Federal EV Incentive by Model

Audi A3 Sportback e-Tron $2,500
BMW i3 $5,000
Chevrolet BOLT $5,000
Chevrolet VOLT $5,000
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid $5,000
Ford Fusion Energi $2,500
Ford Focus Electric $5,000
Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid $5,000
Hyundai IONIQ Electric $5,000
Hyundai IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid $2,500
Hyundai Kona Electric $5,000
Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid $2,500
Kia Niro Electric $5,000
Kia Niro Plug-in Hybrid $2,500
Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid $2,500
Kia Soul Electric $5,000
MINI Cooper Countryman SE ALL4 $2,500
Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-in Hybrid $2,500
Nissan LEAF $5,000
smart fortwo Electric $5,000
Tesla Model 3 $5,000
Toyota Prius Prime $2,500
Volkswagen e-Golf $5,000


Please note that Plug’n Drive is not an agency of the government and is not to be considered an official source of information on Canada’s electric vehicle incentive program. Full details about the program can be found on the Government of Canada’s website: Canada – Zero Emission Vehicles.

Clean Energy Vehicle Program (CEV for BC)

The Province of British Columbia offers up to $3,000 off the purchase of a battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicle with an electric range of at least 85 km and up to $1,500 for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles with an electric range of less than 85 km. For more information, visit CEVforBC.


Trade in your old gas car for an electric car and receive up to $6,000 to buy a brand new electric car and up to $3,000 to buy a used electric car. For more information, visit BC SCRAP-IT.

Used Electric Vehicle Incentive Program

Plug’n Drive, in collaboration with Clean Air Partnership, offers a $1,000 incentive for used electric vehicle purchases. Here is how the program works:

  • Attend a free EV 101 seminar (approximately 1 hour) at either our EV Discovery Centre (Downsview, ON) or an EV Roadshow event, to learn about the environmental and economic advantages of electric transportation
  • Test drive an EV at no cost and let one of our EV specialists steer you in the right direction
  • Purchase a used EV within ‘up-to’* one year of attending a seminar and receive an incentive of $1,000 (subject to conditions and availability)

This program is made possible through the generous support of the M.H.Brigham Foundation. To learn more, visit:


*This incentive is only available to Ontario residents, applies only to EVs with a resale sticker price less than $50,000 and is a limited time offer that will extend only as long as funding permits.

EV Purchase/Lease Incentive Program

The Province of Québec offers up to $8,000 off the purchase of an electric vehicle. This includes fully electric, plug-in hybrid, hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell cars. It also includes electric motorcycles. For more information, visit: New Vehicle Rebate.

Charging Stations at Home

The Province of Québec offers $350 for the purchase of a home charger and $250 for the installation for a combined incentive of $600. For more information and to apply, visit: Home Charging Station Rebate.

Charging Stations at Work

The Province of Québec offers up to $5,000 per wand for the purchase and installation of workplace charging stations. For more information, visit: Workplace Charging Station Rebate.

Used Electric Vehicles Pilot Project

The Province of Québec offers up to $4,000 for the purchase of a used FULLY ELECTRIC car. For more information, visit: Used Vehicle Pilot Project.

The Electric Circuit/Le Circuit Électrique

Through Hydro Québec, the Province of Québec builds and maintains the Electric Circuit, Canada’s first and largest network of public charging stations. For more information, visit: The Electric Circuit.