Transition énergétique Québec

FAQ

Eligible applicants

1. Is it possible to apply for financial assistance for the acquisition and installation of charging stations even if the co-owners or tenants do not already own an electric vehicle?

Yes. When the application is filed by a syndicate of co-owners or the owner or manager of a multi-unit residential building, the co-owners or tenants do not have to own an electric vehicle.

There is, however, a limit on the amount of financial assistance granted per building and per fiscal year. The amount of financial assistance is determined based on the number of units in the building:

  • 5 to 9 units: $10,000
  • 10 to 19 units: $20,000
  • 20 units or more: $25,000

2. Is it necessary to have an electric vehicle to file an application?

The obligation to own (or lease) an electric vehicle only applies when the application is filed by a person who lives in a multi-unit residential building (co-owner or tenant).

The same obligation applies to a company, a municipality or an organization that has acquired an electric vehicle for one of its employees who lives in such a building.

3. I have already received financial assistance for a home charging station. However, I will soon be moving into a condominium. Am I entitled to financial assistance for a multi-unit residential building?

No. As of October 18, 2019, an applicant cannot receive financial assistance for both a home charging station and a multi-unit residential building charging station.

Eligible buildings

1. I live in a triplex, and I recently acquired an electric vehicle. Am I entitled to financial assistance for a multi-unit residential building?

To be eligible, the building where the charging station is installed must have a least five units.

The number of units in a building is calculated by adding up all the units located inside the exterior envelope of the building.

In addition, the parking spaces must all be located in a common space.

Eligible expenses

1. Can I apply for financial assistance for electrical work only (wiring, circuit breaker, charge controller, etc.)?

No. The application must include the acquisition and installation of a charging station for a multi-unit residential building. Therefore, it is impossible to apply for financial assistance for electrical work only, unless the application is submitted by an electric vehicle owner who obtained a level 2 charging station when acquiring their vehicle (new station for which financial assistance has never been received).

2. Is it possible to apply for financial assistance for electrical work and leave it to each co-owner or tenant to apply for financial assistance to acquire their charging station?

No. It is not possible for syndicate of co-owners or an owner or manager of a multi-unit residential building to do this. However, you have two options in such a situation:

  • The syndicate of co-owners assumes the total cost of the project and files a single application for a rebate.

OR

  • The common costs are shared by the co-owners and tenants who possess an electric vehicle. These co-owners and tenants then file their own application for a rebate.

Limitations

1. Is there a deadline for filing an application for a rebate?

The program ends on March 31, 2021, but expenses related to the acquisition and installation of a charging station must be incurred before December 31, 2020.

2. Is there a limit to the number of co-owners or tenants living in the same building who can file an application for financial assistance?

When the application is filed by a co-owner or a tenant who possesses an electric vehicle, there is no limit to the number of applications for financial assistance that can be filed for the same building.

There is, however, a limit of one application for financial assistance per electric vehicle.

When the application is filed by a syndicate of co-owners or an owner or manager of a multi-unit residential building, there is a maximum amount per fiscal year based on the number of units:

  • 5 to 9 units: $10,000
  • 10 to 19 units: $20,000
  • 20 units or more: $25,000

3. What period is considered a fiscal year?

The Government of Québec’s fiscal year begins on April 1 and ends on March 31 the following year.

4. Which course of action is best to maximize the financial assistance granted because more than one charging station will be installed. ?

The maximum amount of financial assistance granted is $25,000 per fiscal year for a building with 20 or more units. It is possible for a syndicate of co-owners or an owner or manager of a multi-unit residential building wishes to file several applications spread out over different fiscal years.

The date of receipt of an application for a rebate will determine the fiscal year of the application. The application must include the duly completed participation form as well as the required supporting documents. It is especially important to prove that the work has indeed been done and that the charging station has been installed and is operational.

5. . Is a project submitted under the call for projects by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) also eligible for financial assistance under the Roulez vert program?

It is possible to combine financial assistance from complementary programs such as these. However, the total financial assistance obtained from different programs must not exceed 75% of total eligible expenses.

Furthermore, it is not permitted to combine financial assistance from complementary programs funded by the Fonds vert for the same measure (for example, for the same charging station).

Participation

1. Do I have to file a pre-approval application?

You are strongly encouraged to file a pre-approval application to make sure that your project meets the Roulez vert program criteria.

However, if the charging station has already been installed, there is no use asking for pre-approval. In this case, go directly to the rebate application step.

2. Are all charging stations eligible for a rebate?

To be eligible, a charging station must appear on the list of charging stations  that are eligible for the government rebate.

Make sure that your charging station appears on this list BEFORE purchasing it.

3. I would like to add a model to the list of charging stations that are eligible for the program. How should I proceed?

Only manufacturers and distributors of charging stations can file an application to add a new model to the list of eligible charging stations.

They must provide certain information required by TEQ by completing the Registration form for a new charging station Excel.

4. Can I install my charging station before taking possession of my electric vehicle?

You can purchase and install an eligible charging station before taking possession of your electric vehicle. You must, however, take possession of your electric vehicle before filing an application for a rebate under the Roulez vert Program.

5. Why do you only require an excerpt of the declaration of co-ownership?

The declaration of co-ownership is a notarized document that binds all the co-owners and that sets out the rules governing cohabitation and the administration of the co-ownership.

Since Transition énergétique Québec does not need to know all these details, it is recommended that you provide only an excerpt of the declaration of co-ownership containing the following information:

  • Address of the building
  • Number of private portions

Any other official document containing this information may also be provided (e.g., proof of insurance).

6. What is a connector?

The connector is a device at the end of the charging cable that is designed to plug into the socket of the electric vehicle.

Although charging stations generally have a single connector, some manufacturers offer charging stations with two connectors.

Financial assistance is determined based on the number of connectors. As such, it is important to provide this information when applying for a rebate.

7. What is the response time once an application for pre-approval has been filed?

Barring exceptional circumstances, a response should be provided within 15 working days of receipt of a complete application.

8. Is the rebate paid to the syndicate of co-owners (the bidder that we selected gave us individual quotes)?

The rebate is paid to the entity that incurred the costs of the project.

If it is the syndicate of co-owners that incurred the costs of the project, it must file an application for a rebate in its name. The invoices must also be in its name, otherwise it must provide other proofs of payment to show that it has indeed incurred the costs of the project.

9. What information must be indicated on my invoices?

The invoices for the purchase of the charging station and the installation work must include the following information:

  • Your name (the name of the applicant)
  • Your home address (the address where the work was done)
  • The date of the transaction
  • The name or business name as well as the address of the supplier
  • A detailed description of the items and work involved in the transaction
  • The cost of each item included in the transaction (main components), the labour cost for the work as well as the total amount of the transaction (including taxes and other applicable fees)