Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP)

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Ontario's Electric Vehicle (EVIP) Program

To achieve its GHG reduction objectives identified in the Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP), the government is delivering a suite of initiatives aimed at increasing the adoption of electric vehicles. Together, these initiatives serve to reduce GHGs by replacing internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles with vehicles that have lower (or zero) tailpipe emissions and are powered by Ontario’s low-carbon electricity grid.

A shift to low- and zero-emission vehicles is vital to the fight against climate change and an important opportunity for technological innovation.

The Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP) was introduced in 2010, and modernized in 2016 to support the adoption of electric vehicles, reward early adopters and create a market demand for new technology. To further support the goals of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan and promote increased electric vehicle adoption, new EVIP program parameters have been developed to make electric vehicles even more affordable and are effective as of January 1, 2017.

The Province is also continuing to provide incentives for the purchase and installation of private home or business charging equipment, under the Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program (EVCIP). Please refer to the EVCIP program guide to see updates to the EVCIP guidelines and eligibility requirements.

In addition to incentive funding, electric vehicle purchasers/lessees are also eligible to use green licence plates, which allow access to provincial high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, and no-cost access to High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes, with only one occupant in the vehicle.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Topics

Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP)

  1. Which electric vehicles are eligible for Ontario's Electric Vehicle Incentive Program?

    The Electric Vehicle Incentive Program provides incentives for eligible new, highway-capable plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) that have not previously been registered and plated in Ontario or another jurisdiction. Vehicles must be insured and roadworthy.

    Eligible BEVs and PHEVs can be either purchased or leased within or outside of Ontario by the original purchaser or lessee. Vehicles must meet all program criteria and cannot receive another incentive from another province/state or Canadian/US federal government.

    Please consult the official list of vehicles that qualify for the program.

  2. What vehicles are eligible for an incentive?

    To be eligible for an incentive, eligible vehicles must:

    • be new or eligible demonstrator (demo) vehicles;
    • not have received an incentive previously under EVIP or another electric vehicle program;
    • meet all Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards;
    • be listed on the EVIP Eligible Vehicle and Incentive List;
    • be registered and plated, for the first time, in Ontario;
    • be insured in Ontario and considered road worthy;
    • have a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of less than 10,000 lbs (4,536 kg);
    • be propelled by an electric motor which draws electricity from a battery of at least 5 kWh in capacity;
    • be capable of being recharged from an external source of electricity;
    • be manufactured primarily for use on public streets, roads, and highways;
    • have four functioning wheels; and,
    • be highway capable on all provincial highways and not be a low speed vehicle.

  3. What is an eligible demonstrator (demo) vehicle?

    Demo vehicles are vehicles located at dealerships or leasing companies that are used exclusively for test drives by potential customers and have not been previously registered or plated in Ontario (or any other jurisdiction). They cannot be used for any of the following purposes:

    • Personal, promotional or business purposes by the dealership or leasing company or its employees/management; or,
    • Service vehicle by the dealer, leasing company or vehicle manufacturer; or,
    • Education, promotional or other purposes by the vehicle manufacturer or its employees.

    Eligible demos for EVIP are either:

    • Demos with mileage less than 2,000 km at the time of purchase or lease; or,
    • Extended mileage demos with mileage between 2,000 and 15,000 km. These vehicles must be pre-registered by the dealership with the Ministry of Finance when the mileage was less than 2,000 by completing and submitting the Extended Mileage Demonstrator Vehicle Application.

  4. What do I have to submit with my application if I buy a demo vehicle?

    If the demo has less than 2,000 km on the odometer when you buy or lease it, no additional forms must be completed.

    If the demo has 2,000 to less than 15,000 km in mileage, the dealership must provide and you must submit as part of your application:

    A demonstrator vehicle must be used only by customers test driving the vehicle. It cannot have been used for personal or other business purposes by the dealership or its employees/management. The dealership must warrant that this condition has been met in the log.

  5. How many demonstrator vehicles per calendar year can a dealership have?

    There is no cap on the number of demonstrator vehicles a dealer can sell/lease every year if the mileage is less than 2,000 kilometres.

    A dealership can apply to sell up to two extended mileage demonstrator vehicles per year. The mileage on an extended mileage demo must be between 2,000 km and 15,000 km when it is sold or leased.

    A demo can only be used by customers to test drive the vehicle. It cannot be used for personal or other business purposes by the dealership or its employees/management. The dealership must warrant this condition has been met.

    The dealership must provide the log to the applicant so that it can be submitted as part of the application to the Ministry when an extended mileage demo vehicle is sold or leased.

  6. What vehicles are not eligible for Ontario's Electric Vehicle Incentive Program?

    The following vehicles are not eligible for an incentive:

    • Vehicles that have been converted to plug-in electric capability;
    • conventional hybrid vehicles that do not plug into an external source of electricity;
    • demos that do not meet program requirements;
    • electric vehicles that have already received an incentive;
    • used vehicles;
    • low-speed electric vehicles, electric motorcycles or electric bikes ("e-bikes");
    • off-road vehicles;
    • vehicles used for personal or business purposes by a dealership, leasing company, vehicle manufacturer or its employees/management;
    • vehicles used for education or promotional purposes by the dealer, agent or vehicle manufacturer;
    • service vehicles at dealerships or leasing companies;
    • vehicles with a MSRP greater than $150,000; and,
    • BEVs and PHEVs for which applicants have received or will receive an incentive/grant from another province/state or Canadian/US federal government.

  7. Which vehicles are eligible for EVIP incentives?

    The list of vehicles eligible for EVIP incentives in Ontario is updated regularly.

    Please consult the Ministry website for the official list to determine which vehicles currently qualify for the incentive program at: ontario.ca/electricvehicles.

  8. What incentive does my car get?

    The following incentives are available for eligible electric vehicles with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) less than $150,000:

    • Vehicles with batteries between 5 to 16 kilowatt-hours receive incentives between $6,000 to $10,000 based on the battery capacity;
    • Vehicles with batteries larger than 16 kWh receive a $3,000 bonus; and,
    • Vehicles with five or more seats receive a $1,000 bonus.
    • PHEVs with an MSRP of $75,000 to $150,000 are eligible for a maximum incentive value of $3,000.

    Vehicles with an MSRP over $150,000 are not eligible for an incentive.

    For the specific incentive amount for a vehicle, please consult the official list of eligible vehicles and incentives.

  9. What is the MSRP?

    For EVIP, the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is the base value of the trim level for each model not including options, taxes, pre-delivery inspection (PDI) and freight. This value is set once per year and the MSRP value is provided by the vehicle manufacturer.

  10. Why does EVIP provide a bonus for larger batteries?

    Larger batteries allow drivers to travel further on a single charge, making these electric vehicles a viable replacement for a gas vehicle. Vehicles that can travel farther on a single charge are likely to produce less greenhouse gas emissions.

  11. Why does EVIP provide a bonus for five or more seats?

    Vehicles with five or more seats support larger families and have other uses, making them an attractive option for Ontario families as a second vehicle, or as a primary vehicle.

    • These vehicles also have the potential to move more people, which could provide a greater environmental benefit.

  12. When can I apply for an incentive?

    You can complete the application and submit it (along with all the required documents) after you have completed the purchase or lease and your new vehicle has been plated, registered and insured.

    You must submit your application within three months of the date your vehicle was registered and plated.

  13. Who can apply for the incentive?

    Individuals, businesses, municipalities, non-government organizations and non-profit organizations residing in Ontario are eligible for an incentive. EVIP incentives support the purchase or lease of eligible electric vehicles registered and plated in Ontario.

  14. Who is not eligible for an incentive?

    The provincial or federal government, their agencies and entities are not eligible for incentives.

    Vehicle manufacturers are not eligible for incentives.

  15. Are there requirements or restrictions for electric vehicles purchased for fleets?

    Applicants that lease or purchase 3 to 25 vehicles in one year are considered fleets under EVIP.

    Vehicles purchased or leased for fleet use must be registered and plated and insured in Ontario by the applicant for a minimum of 12 months to qualify for the incentive. All EVIP recipients, including fleet owners, must provide data on their electric vehicle use using the Data Provision Form following the first year of ownership (i.e., 13 months after the date of registration and plating).

    Applicants interested in a greater number of fleet vehicles are required to provide additional supporting documentation in their submission, which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Exceeding the cap is at the sole discretion of the Ministry of Transportation.

  16. How long do I have to keep the car?

    If you buy your car, you must keep your vehicle registered, plated, insured and road worthy in Ontario in your name for least 12 months from the date the vehicle was registered and plated in your name. If you leased your car, you must maintain the lease in your name for the term specified in the lease. You must also keep the car registered and plated in Ontario for at least 12 months.

    If you do not meet this 12 month requirement, you may be required to pay back the entire incentive as a debt due to the Crown. The incentive must be repaid before you can re-apply to the Program.

    This requirement ensures that the environmental and economic benefits of the incentive benefit Ontario and Ontario residents.

  17. Are leased vehicles eligible for the incentive?

    Leased vehicles are eligible for an incentive provided they are leased for at least 12 months. To qualify for the full incentive, a 36 month term is required. For vehicles leased for 12 or 24 months, the incentive will be pro-rated:

    • 12 months – 33.0% of the applicable incentive;
    • 24 months – 66.7% of the applicable incentive; and
    • 36 months – 100% of the applicable incentive.

    Failure to keep the vehicle for the lease term will require repayment of the incentive in full as a debt of the Crown.

  18. How many vehicles can be purchased each year for individual use?

    To ensure an appropriate balance between encouraging vehicle uptake by Ontario residents and fleet companies, individuals are subject to an incentive cap of 2 vehicles per business/applicant, per calendar year.

    Applicants interested in a greater number of vehicles are required to provide additional supporting documentation in their submission, which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Exceeding the cap is at the sole discretion of the Ministry of Transportation.

  19. How do I receive my incentive?

    To receive your incentive, you must submit your application within three months of the date you registered and plated the vehicle in your name. There are two ways to receive the incentive:

    • You apply directly to the Ministry of Finance who sends you the incentive; or,
    • The dealer/leasing company gives you a point of sale/lease discount, you assign the incentive to the dealership/leasing company and you apply to the Ministry of Finance who sends the incentive to the dealer/leasing company.

    You must complete the application and submit a:

    • complete copy of the sales or lease agreement;
    • complete copy of the vehicle registration;
    • copy of vehicle registrations for any other electric vehicles for which you received an incentive;
    • void cheque (if you want an electronic funds transfer); and,
    • completed Extended Mileage Demo Form (if applicable).

    After you complete the application form, print a copy of the completed application form, sign it in all the required areas and mail or fax the signed original copy along with all required documents to:
    Ministry of Finance
    33 King Street West, PO Box 646,
    Oshawa, Ontario L1H 8X2,
    Fax (905) 433- 5939

  20. Who do I contact if I have a question?

    Please contact the Ministry of Finance at:
    Phone: (905) 433-5900
    Fax: 905-433-5939

  21. Can I also receive an incentive/grant from other jurisdictions?

    No, you may not apply for or receive incentives for your electric vehicle from other provinces/states or the Canadian/US federal government.

  22. Will dealerships or leasing companies be reimbursed for processing applications?

    No. The dealer or leasing company is not allowed to charge a fee. Please inform the Ministry of Transportation if this occurs.

  23. How do new electric vehicle models become eligible for incentives?

    For each model, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) must fill out the Vehicle Eligibility Submission Form for each model year and each trim level.

  24. How will my personal information being collected on the application form be used?

    Any personal information provided to the Ministry of Transportation in connection with this application is subject to disclosure in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Ontario). Collecting your personal information is established under subsection 118(2) of the Public Transportation and Highway Improvement Act and will be used solely for the purpose of administering and ensuring compliance with the Program.

  25. What happens if I am in non-compliance with the program conditions?

    Dealers and leasing companies that are not in compliance with EVIP conditions can no longer act as an agent under the program.

    If you receive an incentive when not eligible for it, the Province of Ontario may recover the amount of the incentive from you. Any incentive payment received for a vehicle that is not eligible is a debt due to the Crown. The debt must be repaid (i.e., the money received by the Province of Ontario) before you can re-apply to the Program.

  26. Do I have to provide data?

    Recipients of the incentive will be required to provide information on their vehicle purchase/lease at the time of application and on their vehicle use for the first 12 months after the date the vehicle is registered and plated in the recipient’s name. This information informs the Ministry of the benefits of the program in relation to promoting the adoption of electric vehicles in Ontario and on the program's impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program (EVCIP)

  1. Who is eligible for the Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program (EVCIP)?

    Individuals, businesses, municipalities and non-profit organizations that have purchased an electric vehicle and have received an EVIP incentive are eligible to receive EVCIP charging incentives. If you have not received an EVIP incentive, you cannot apply for an EVCIP incentive.

    EVCIP charging is for personal use.

  2. What charging stations are eligible to receive an incentive?

    To receive a rebate, your charging station must:

    • be new and for residential or business vehicle use (not for public or customer use);
    • have a nominal voltage rating of 208-240 V (Level 2) only;
    • be designed to charge one car at a time (dual port charging stations are not eligible unless you have received two vehicles and two rebates);
    • be on the list of eligible charging stations; and,
    • have been purchased in Canada from a Canadian source (i.e. third-party certified or evaluated by cUL, CSA or cETL).

  3. Who is not eligible for EVCIP?

    Funding is not available under EVCIP for charging stations provided by businesses, municipalities and non-profit organizations and designated for public use.

    The federal government and its agencies and with all Ontario government ministries and agencies are not eligible. Electric vehicle dealers, leasing companies along with vehicle manufacturers and their respective affiliates are not eligible.

  4. How much are the EVCIP incentives?

    The EVCIP incentives are as follows:

    • 50% of the value of the purchase price of the charging station up to a maximum of $500. The charging station must be on the list of eligible chargers and have been purchased in Canada from a Canadian source (e.g., Canadian dealer, website, retailer, etc.); and,
    • 50% of the installation cost for installing an eligible charger up to a maximum of $500 (Persons undertaking the electrical work must be licensed electricians. Installation costs will only be reimbursed if the electrical certificate of inspection issued by an ESA (Electrical Safety Authority) is provided.

    To find a Licensed Electrical Contractor in your area, please visit ESA's website at: http://applications.dmtispatial.com/esa/.

    You may apply for either incentive or both at the same time.

  5. Can I get an EVCIP incentive if I did not get an EVIP incentive?

    No, you must receive an EVIP incentive before being able to apply to the Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive Program (EVCIP).

  6. What chargers are eligible for an EVCIP incentive?

    The electric vehicle charging stations listed on the EVCIP webpage are eligible for an incentive. The charging stations on this list are from manufacturers who indicated that they could be purchased from a Canadian source.

    While the ministry tries to keep the list current, it cannot ensure there is sufficient inventory of these products at Canadian distributors or that it is available from a Canadian source. If the charging station cannot be purchased and delivered from a Canadian source, it will be ineligible for a rebate.

    Chargers purchased in the US or from the US (or another country) and shipped to Ontario are not eligible.

  7. Can I buy a charger that is on the MTO list from the US or a US website?

    No, chargers must be purchased from a Canadian distributer and picked up in Canada.

    Chargers purchased in the US or from the US (or another country) and shipped to Ontario are not eligible.

  8. What do I need to submit an application?

    You must complete the application and submit the following:

    • proof of purchase/invoice for the charger that confirm that the charger was purchased and picked up in Ontario/Canada; and,
    • proof of purchase/invoice of installation costs and a copy of the electrical certificate of inspection issued by an ESA (Electrical Safety Authority) to be eligible for the full rebate amount.

    If the charging station invoice, installation receipts and ESA certificate are not provided, the application will not be processed.

  9. How many EVCIP incentives can an electric vehicle owner apply for?

    You are eligible for one charging station incentive for every electric vehicle incentive you received. Note that you must have already received an electric vehicle incentive before you apply for the charging station incentive. Dual charging stations are only eligible if two electric vehicle incentives have been received by the applicant.

  10. When can I apply for the EVCIP incentive?

    Applications must be submitted within three months of the date the charging station was purchased. To apply, please visit Ontario.ca/electricvehicles to access the online application.

  11. Does the incentive cover the cost of installation?

    The incentive supports up to 50% of the installation costs up to $500.

  12. Can I do the installation work myself?

    Persons undertaking the electrical work must be licensed electricians. Installation costs will only be reimbursed if the electrical certificate of inspection issued by an ESA (Electrical Safety Authority) is provided.

Green License Plates

  1. What are green licence plates and what are the benefits?

    Electric vehicle owners can get green licence plates for their plug-in hybrid electric and battery electric vehicles (instead of the standard blue plates). Green plates allow electric vehicles with only one person to use high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) carpool lanes. HOV lane users are otherwise required to have two or more persons in the car. Green plates also allow electric vehicles no-cost access to high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes. HOT lanes are otherwise reserved for single-occupant vehicles with a permit or vehicles carrying two or more people.

  2. How do I get a green licence plate?

    You can get a green license plate at a Service Ontario location when you register and plate your electric vehicle. Similar to regular licence plates, a regular vehicle permit and licence plate fee applies.

  3. Which vehicles are eligible for a green licence plate?

    The following vehicles are eligible for green licence plates:

    • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEV eligible for the Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP);
    • Used 2010 or later model year PHEVs and BEVs; and,
    • PHEVs, BEVs and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (HFCVs) currently operating in Ontario in limited numbers as part of a pilot study or test program.

    All types of electric vehicle owners (e.g., individuals, companies, joint and fleet) are eligible for a green plate.

  4. Which vehicles are not eligible for a green licence plate?

    The following vehicles are not eligible for green plates:

    • commercial vehicles weighing 3,000 kg or more;
    • low-speed vehicles;
    • e-bikes;
    • motorcycles;
    • off-road vehicles;
    • conventional hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs); and
    • and vehicles that have been converted to plug-in electric capability;

  5. Can I get a green plate without an EVIP incentive?

    Yes you can obtain a green plate without receiving an incentive under EVIP.

Public Electric Vehicle Charging

  1. Can I charge an electric vehicle at home or at work?

    Yes, provided that the electrical system in the home or workplace has sufficient capacity to supply the vehicle at the voltage and rate of recharging that it requires. A small vehicle may only require a conventional 120 volt outlet, already available in most home garages. Larger vehicles may need a 220 volt outlet (like those used for home clothes dryers) with adequate amperage rating.

  2. Are there standards for charging in Ontario?

    Electric vehicle re-charging standards are currently being developed by industry and the relevant professional standards associations. Ontario's Building Code and Electrical Safety Code already provide for the safe integration of EV recharging capacity in homes and other buildings on a voluntary basis.

  3. Is there an incentive for home charging stations?

    Yes, persons or entities that receive an EVIP incentive are eligible to apply for an Electric Vehicle Charging Incentive (EVCIP) of up to $1000 to support the purchase and installation of private Level 2 (208-240V) home or business charging stations.

    Electric Vehicle Incentive recipients are eligible to apply for one charging incentive for each incentive received within three months of purchasing and installing the charger.

    For more information on home charging stations and how to apply for the EVCIP incentive, visit Ontario.ca/electricvehicles.

  4. Where else can I charge an electric vehicle?

    Plug'n Drive Ontario and the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) have developed a map showing where public charging stations are in Canada and when they are generally available. Please consult: www.caa.ca/evstations/ or www.plugndriveontario.ca.

    In addition to recharging at home, you can recharge your EV at publicly available charging stations. The Canadian Automobile Association has developed a map to show where these public charging stations are located across Ontario and Canada.

    In addition, the Electric Vehicle Chargers Ontario (EVCO) program is sparking an unprecedented expansion in new charging infrastructure across the province. Electric vehicle owners will soon be able to plan longer trips with more confidence because a charging station will be more readily available, similar to gas stations. The specific location of each station that will be installed, and information on the status of construction, can be found on the EVCO webpage or by visiting the Ontario 511 Traveller Information Service.

  5. When will I see recharging points in GO Transit parking lots?

    GO Transit has designated electric vehicle parking and charging facilities at 10 GO Transit stations. Visit GO Transit's website for more information about these stations.

Electric Vehicles - General

  1. What is a battery electric vehicle?

    For the purposes of this program an electric vehicle (EV) is a vehicle that is powered by electricity and contains a battery to store energy. There are two main types of electric vehicles: conventional hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) and grid- connected vehicles that include plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs).

    Unlike HEVs, PHEVs and BEVs have larger capacity batteries that can be recharged by plugging them in to the electricity grid. Only PHEVs and BEVs are eligible for the incentive program.

  2. What's the difference among electric vehicles models?

    Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) run on a battery and electric drive train and also have the support of an internal combustion engine that may be used to recharge the vehicle's battery and/or to replace the electric drive train when the battery is low and more power is required.

    Battery electric vehicles (BEV) run entirely on a battery and electric drive train, without the support of a traditional internal combustion engine and must be plugged into an external source of electricity to recharge its battery.

  3. What is a hybrid electric vehicle?

    Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) on the road today can have two complementary drive systems: a gasoline engine and fuel tank; and an electric motor, battery and controls. Both the engine and the electric motor can turn the transmission at the same time, and the transmission then turns the wheels. HEVs cannot be recharged from the electricity grid - all their energy comes from gasoline.

  4. What is a low speed electric vehicle?

    In addition to highway-capable electric vehicles, a number of electric low speed vehicles (LSVs) are available in the North American market. LSVs belong to a federal vehicle class with significantly fewer federal safety equipment requirements than other passenger vehicles on the road. An LSV is powered by an electric motor, designed to travel on four wheels, and must have an attainable speed of 32 km/h, but not exceed 40 km/h, on a paved level surface.

    Ontario allows LSVs to operate on 50 km/h or less roads in certain controlled environments, and province-wide if the LSV meets prescribed optional equipment requirements and Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

    For further information on low speed electric vehicles in Ontario, please consult MTO's Emerging Vehicles website.

  5. What are the benefits of driving an electric vehicle?

    Electric vehicles have a number of benefits compared to conventional vehicles including:

    • Reduced emissions of harmful air pollutants and greenhouse gases
    • Lower operating costs
    • Lower maintenance costs
    • Less susceptibility to volatile fuel prices and reduced oil dependency
    • Quieter ride and reduced vehicle noise
    • Convenience (home charging for all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles)
    • Increased energy efficiency

  6. How far can an electric vehicle travel on a fully-charged battery?

    Most BEVs can travel from 100 to 400 kilometers on a single charge.

    Most PHEVs can travel up to 80 kilometers on a single charge and up to another 500 kilometers using the on board gasoline engine.

  7. Can electric vehicles travel at the same speed as a conventional vehicle?

    Yes, highway-capable electric vehicles can travel at the same speed as conventional vehicles. In addition, their acceleration is comparable to that of similar conventional vehicles (please note that low-speed electric vehicles are not highway capable).

  8. Are electric vehicles safe?

    All electric vehicle manufacturers must meet stringent federal safety standards. In addition, manufacturers have a strong incentive to produce safe and reliable vehicles, as their reputation and the future viability of the electric vehicle industry depend on the quality of the cars they produce. Manufacturers have spent years developing the new technologies that make these vehicles possible.

High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) and High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes

  1. What is a high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane?

    High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes help move more people on Ontario's busiest highways. They are restricted to certain types of vehicles carrying at least 2 people. Make sure you know and follow the rules for entering and exiting HOV lanes. Drivers of vehicles with Ontario green plates can use HOV lanes with only one person in the vehicle.

  2. Where are HOV lanes?

    Ontario has HOV lanes on Highways 403, 404, 417 and the QEW. To find them, look for:

    • HOV signs marking the far left lane.
    • Markers painted on the road, including diamond markers and a striped buffer zone that separates the HOV lane from other lanes.

    Please refer to MTO's HOV lane website for information about where HOV lanes can be found in Ontario.

  3. How will I know where I can access the HOV lanes?

    Signs are located at the entry and exit points where drivers make decisions to move into or out of provincial HOV lanes. The signs indicate that access is permitted for drivers with Ontario green plates, even if there is only one individual in the car.

  4. What is a high occupancy toll (HOT) lane?

    On September 15, 2016, the Ministry of Transportation designated existing High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes as High-Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes on a section of the QEW.

    A first in Canada, the HOT lanes are a pilot project aimed at reducing traffic congestion in Ontario. The pilot will last two to four years and will help the province learn about and plan for a more efficient highway network in Ontario.

    HOT lane permits will cost $180, or $60 per month, and will be valid for a three month term.

    Permit applications will be accepted each February, May, August and November of the pilot project.

    To apply for an HOT permit or learn more about Ontario’s new HOT lanes pilot project, visit Ontario.ca/HOTlanes.

  5. Who can use HOT lanes?

    Make sure you know and follow the rules for entering and exiting HOT lanes.

    Vehicles with a single occupant must have a permit to use the lanes. Permits will be valid for three months, with the option to auto-renew two times before having to re-enter a draw.

    You can use HOT lanes for free if you have at least two people (including the driver) in one of these vehicles:

    • cars
    • motorcycles
    • vans or light trucks
    • commercial trucks less than 6.5 meters long with a gross weight of 4,500 kg or less

    If you are towing a trailer, you can still use the HOT lane if the combined vehicle-trailer length is less than 6.5 meters.

    The following vehicles have unrestricted access to HOT lanes, no matter how many passengers they are carrying:

    • buses of all types
    • licensed taxis and airport limousines
    • emergency vehicles
    • electric vehicles with green licence plates

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