Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP)

The Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP) supports the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), rewards early adopters, and helps to create market demand for new technology in Ontario by providing incentives for the purchase and/or lease of eligible EVs.

EVIP began in 2010 and incentives were updated on January 1, 2017 to further support the goals of Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan by:

  • Making EVs even more affordable;
  • Incenting EVs with larger batteries and larger seating capacity; and
  • Ensuring that zero emission vehicles are more strongly supported.

EVIP encourages EV adoption and contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our transportation sector.

EVIP has the following parameters:

EVIP provides the following incentives for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) less than $150K and plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs) with an MSRP less than $75K:

  • Base incentive of $6,000 to $10,000 based upon the battery size of the vehicle for eligible electric vehicles with a battery capacity from 5 to 16 kilowatt-hours (kWh);
  • Additional $3,000 incentive for eligible electric vehicles with battery capacities greater than 16kWh;
  • Additional $1,000 incentive for eligible electric vehicles with five or more seats;
  • Incentives for PHEVs with a MSRP of $75,000 to $150,000 are $3,000;
  • (BEVs and PHEVS with an MSRP of $150,000 or greater are not eligible for an EVIP incentive.  

Applicants must keep the vehicle for which they received an incentive for at least 12 months if owned and, if leased, for the lease term up to 36 months, from the date of registration and plating.  EVIP incentive recipients must keep the vehicle registered and plated in their name (must be the same as on the application form) in Ontario, as well as insured, roadworthy and located in Ontario for the entire residency period or they must repay the incentive in full.

Vehicles with a 12 month lease term are eligible for an EVIP incentive, and will receive 33% of the incentive, 24 month lease term receives 66% of the incentive and leased vehicles with a 36 month or longer term will receive the full incentive.

EVIP Detailed Information

EVIP is an application-based eligibility program that provides financial incentives to eligible applicants when they purchase or lease an eligible new EV. The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) bases the incentive for each vehicle model on its battery capacity and seating capacity.
Only new plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) approved by MTO and displayed on the EVIP Eligible Vehicles List are eligible for the EVIP. Please note:

  1. Used EVs and demo vehicles with mileage higher than EVIP standards are not eligible for an incentive;
  2. Vehicle manufacturers, and vehicles used by them/their employees, are not eligible for an incentive.

The application must be submitted within three months of the date the vehicle is registered and plated.

For more information about EVIP, please refer to the Electric Vehicle Incentive Program Guide

You can also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

For EVIP Applicants

Vehicles Eligible for EVIP

To confirm if your EV is eligible for EVIP and the amount of the incentive for which it qualifies, please refer to the EVIP Eligible Vehicles List.

Please note that EVs with an MSRP over $150,000 are not eligible for an EVIP incentive.

Individual and Business EVIP Application Process

This applies to individuals and businesses who are applying directly for their EVIP incentive.  Dealers that did not provide a point of sale discount but are submitting such an application on behalf of an applicant must use this application process.

Applicants must complete and submit the EVIP Individual and Business Application Form, along with all necessary supporting documents, to apply for an incentive.  If all required documents are not included, or the form is not complete, processing will be suspended until the required information is provided.

For more detailed information about EVIP and program requirements, please refer to the Electric Vehicle Incentive Program Guide for Individual and Business Applicants.

Submit your completed application, along with the supporting documents, to the Ministry of Finance (MOF) at Electric.vehicle@ontario.ca or by fax to (905) 433- 5939.

EVIP Application Process for Dealers that Provide a Point of Sale Discount

As of December 19, 2017, if a dealer provides a point of sale/lease discount equivalent to the full incentive value, the dealer must submit their EVIP applications on their behalf using the new electronic dealer application process.

The dealer must enroll in the One-Key (Transfer Payment Common Registry) to establish a Transfer Payment, as well for Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).  Once a dealer has received confirmation that enrollment is complete (within approximately 10 business days), the dealer must then access Grants Ontario to use the EVIP dealer application system. MTO will notify dealers when the enrollment is complete.

Dealers that provide a point of sale/discount must enroll in this new electronic system.  During the transition period for the new electronic dealer application process (the period while dealers are becoming enrolled), dealers can submit a completed Dealer Application Form on behalf of the applicant to EVdealershipclaims@ontario.ca.  The transition period is currently until March 15, 2018, however, please note that it this date may be amended by the MTO as appropriate.

For Automotive Manufacturers

EVIP New Eligible Vehicle Form for Automotive Manufacturers

If you are an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and you wish to have your vehicle be eligible for an EVIP incentive, you must complete and submit the EVIP New Eligible Vehicle Form at least 8 weeks before the vehicle will be eligible for green plates and an EVIP incentive.

Demonstrator Vehicles

Demonstrator (demo) vehicles in EVIP are considered to be vehicles with less than 2,000 km at the point of sale and registration, and, that were used only for customer test drive at a dealership. The vehicle cannot have been used for personal or other business purposes by the dealership; it’s employees/management or by a vehicle manufacturer for any purpose.

Demo vehicles with mileage between 2,000km and 15,000 km are considered extended mileage demonstrator vehicles.  To be eligible for an incentive, the dealer must complete a vehicle log for every test drive/use between 2,000km and up to 15,000 km. This log must be submitted with the application form.

If the demo vehicle has less than 2,000 km in mileage when it is bought or leased, the demo log does not have to be completed.

Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Advancement Partnership (EHVAP)

Automobile manufacturers must join the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Advancement Partnership (EHVAP) to be eligible to offer incentives for the purchase or lease of eligible electric vehicles through the Ontario Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP). The EHVAP brings together the automotive sector, environmental advocacy organizations and academic leaders to work alongside government to advance electric and hydrogen-powered vehicle technology and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This voluntary partnership will help the province reach its goal - that five per cent of new passenger vehicles sold or leased in Ontario be electric or hydrogen-powered in 2020.

To learn more, visit EHVAP website.

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