Are you a business owner in Toronto? We’re hosting webinars for fleet owners and operators on electric vehicles and charging on Wednesday, March 22 and Friday, March 24.


Toronto’s first Electric Vehicle (EV) Strategy, approved by City Council in January 2020, identifies actions that the City can pursue to support the transition to electric light-duty vehicles (cars, vans, trucks and SUVs, for personal and shared use). More information is in the “Electric Vehicle Strategy” tab below.

An Update on Electric Vehicle Strategy Implementation was considered by Toronto City Council at their July 19, 2022 meeting: Item 2022.IE31.17.

The City is supporting the transition to electric vehicles, including supporting EV charging in homes and workplaces ­and the development of a robust public EV charging network. This City is also demonstrating leadership by electrifying its own fleet and transit vehicles.

Please see the tabs below for more information.

Why are electric vehicles important?

Approximately 32.5 per cent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Toronto comes from on-road transportation (cars, trucks, vans, and buses) with passenger cars and trucks responsible for about 23 per cent of Toronto’s GHG emissions. This means that switching from fossil fuel-powered vehicles to electric vehicles is important for reducing GHG emissions in Toronto and meeting the City’s goal of achieving net zero GHG emissions by 2040.

Electric vehicles have other benefits, too. They cost less to operate and don’t have tailpipe emissions, helping to reduce air pollution. They are also quiet, helping to reduce noise pollution.

More information about EVs is available on the Plug’n Drive website. You can test-drive an EV and learn more about EVs at the Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre. Plug’n Drive is a non-profit organization committed to accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles in order to maximize their environmental and economic benefits.

Toronto’s first Electric Vehicle (EV) Strategy was approved by City Council on January 29, 2020.

With a focus on the electrification of passenger vehicles (cars, vans, trucks and SUVs) the Strategy identifies 10 actions the City can take to: increase charging availability, address cost and convenience barriers, increase public awareness and education, and create economic opportunities that will benefit the local economy. Passenger cars and trucks accounted for about 23 per cent of GHG emissions in Toronto in 2020.

An Update on Electric Vehicle Strategy Implementation was considered by Toronto City Council at their July 19, 2022 meeting: Item 2022.IE31.17.

EV Strategy Development

Assessment Phase

The City contracted Pollution Probe and The Delphi Group to lead the development of a comprehensive review of the current electric mobility landscape, existing policies, barriers and opportunities, best practice, convene key stakeholders and assess these findings to create a baseline. The assessment phase report was used to inform the Strategy actions.

Learn more: Electric Mobility Strategy Assessment Phase Report


The City engaged the public and stakeholders through multiple workshops and a public online survey to help co-create the Electric Vehicle Strategy.

Learn more: Electric Vehicle Strategy Consultation Summary

TransformTO is Toronto’s ambitious climate action strategy. Unanimously approved by City Council in July 2017, it includes a set of long-term, low-carbon goals and strategies to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions and improve our health, grow our economy, and improve social equity.

On October 2, 2019, City Council voted unanimously to declare a climate emergency and accelerate efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change, adopting a stronger emissions reduction target of net zero by 2050 or sooner.

Toronto’s TransformTO Net Zero Strategy – which identifies a pathway to reach net zero emissions by 2040 – was adopted by Toronto City Council on December 15, 2021.

On-road transportation accounts for about 32.5 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto today. Achieving Toronto’s GHG emissions reduction targets will require us to move towards more sustainable modes of transportation.

To ensure that Toronto is on track to reach net zero by 2040, the Net Zero Strategy identifies actions and targets to be achieved by 2030 in key sectors. The 2030 goals for Transportation are:

  • 30 per cent of registered vehicles in Toronto are electric
  • 75 per cent of school/work trips under 5km are walked, biked or by transit

Incentives for Zero-Emission Vehicles Program (iZEV)

The Government of Canada provides incentives of up to $5,000 for consumers who buy or lease an eligible ZEV.

Learn more about incentives for purchasing zero-emission vehicles.

Funding is available to help offset the cost of installing EV charging infrastructure in multi-unit residential buildings and workplaces:

  • The EV Station Fund provides rebates of up to 50% of the installation cost for up to 20 EV charging stations, to a maximum of $5,000 per Level 2 charger, $15,000 per DC fast charger, and $50,000 per DC fast+ charger. Find out more information about this program.
  • The federal government’s Zero Emission Vehicle Incentive Program provides funding for large (20 or more) EV charger installations. The program provides up to 50% of the project costs, to a maximum of $5,000 per Level 2 charger and $15,000 – $75,000 per fast charger (depending on its output). Find out more information about this program.

The City of Toronto offers low-interest loans to home and building owners to cover the cost of  a variety of improvements, including EV charging stations.

  • The Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) supports single family property improvements (e.g. installing energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, and other defined measures).
  • The City’s Energy Retrofit Loan program provides low-interest loans to help building owners improve the energy efficiency of their buildings. EV charging infrastructure can be eligible for financing under this program when included in a retrofit project that results in energy cost savings.

Resources for Condo Owners and Condo Boards

  • The Condominium Authority of Ontario has a step-by-step guide for installing EV charging stations in condominiums.
  • The Plug’n Drive website provides information on EV charging in condos as well as information on EVs and EV charging more generally.

New Buildings

To help ensure that new buildings in Toronto are ready to meet EV charging needs in the future as people switch to electric vehicles, the Toronto Green Standard and the Toronto Zoning Bylaw include requirements for EV charging infrastructure in new buildings. For more information:

On-street EV charging

The City of Toronto has installed 47 Level 2 charging stations at on-street parking spaces, beginning with a pilot deployment in 2020 followed by an expansion of this network in 2022. In 2023, the City will install an additional 50 on-street charging stations. Beginning in 2023, Toronto Parking Authority will take over responsibility for installing and operating all City-provided on-street public EV charging stations.

Learn more:

City-provided on-street charging stations as of December 2022
Address Level 2 Charging Ports
115 High Park Ave. 2
685 Dovercourt Rd. 2
10 Palmerston Ave. 2
91 Elizabeth St. 2
248 Shaw St. 2
705 Shaw St. 2
41 Inglewood Dr. 2
580 Christie St. 2
186 Carlton St. 1
188 Carlton St. 1
453 Jones Ave. 2
503 Jones Ave. 2
132 Chatham Ave. 2
258 Riverdale Ave. 2
124 Mountjoy Ave. 2
43 Alton Ave. 2
500 Commissioners St. 2
31 Roseheath Ave. 2
543 Strathmore Blvd. 2
1760 Queen St E. 2
1856 Queen St E. 2
29 Bowmore Rd. 1
Westlake Avenue at Oakcrest Avenue 2

EV Charging at Toronto Parking Authority Parking Lots

Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) is developing an Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Program that will leverage TPA’s portfolio of 300+ off-street facilities and 20,000 on-street parking spaces to develop a public network of EV charging. TPA is planning to install up to 500 EV chargers at TPA off-street parking facilities by the end of 2024 including approximately 100 new charging ports in 2022 alone. This will represent the first phase of TPA’s EV Charging Infrastructure Plan, which will see a comprehensive network of EV infrastructure constructed across TPA’s portfolio of off-street and on-street parking.

In December 2022, TPA opened its first Green P facility equipped with eight brand new EV charging stations as part of this multi-year initiative. Learn more.

Charging stations at Green P lots as of December 2022
Address Level 2 Charging Ports Level 3 Charging Ports
Toronto City Hall 8 3
51 Dockside Dr. 5
10 Soho St. 4
2 Church St. 24 4
365 Lippincott St. 10
20 Delisle Ave. 4
75 Holly St. 28 1
Yonge Street at Dundas Street 8
9 Wellesley St W. 8
14 Arundel Ave. 8
1612 Danforth Ave. 2

Parking Strategy

The City is proposing a framework to develop a city-wide Parking Strategy for Toronto. The Parking Strategy will be a collective effort between several City partners that have mandates requiring innovation related to Toronto’s parking infrastructure. Managing parking effectively is an essential element to succeed in executing major city building objectives, including achieving our climate change goals. Parking for electric vehicles will be a key consideration through the development of the Parking Strategy, including increasing access to on- and off-street charging opportunities, in both residential and commercial areas.

Public EV Charging Plan

The City is developing a long term Public Electric Vehicle Charging Plan to guide provision of public EV charging in Toronto out to 2040. The Plan will have three interconnected parts:

  1. Assessment of where public EV charging will be needed over time;
  2. Identification of potential locations for public EV charging; and
  3. Exploration of how public EV charging infrastructure could be provided.

The Plan will be developed over 2022-2023 and will involve extensive public and stakeholder consultation. Opportunities to provide input to and feedback on the Plan will be announced on this website and City of Toronto social media.

The City is demonstrating leadership by electrifying City-owned fleet vehicles.

The Sustainable Fleets Plan aims to transition City-Fleets to sustainable, climate resilient, net-zero operations. The Plan’s key objectives are:

  • Transition 20 per cent of City-owned fleet to zero emission vehicles by 2025, and 50 per cent by 2030;
  • Achieve a 65 per cent greenhouse gas reduction by 2030 (from 1990 levels); and
  • Net zero greenhouse gas emissions before 2040.

The City is undertaking a major expansion of its corporate EV charging infrastructure to enable and support accelerated transition of City fleets to electric vehicles, and help with broader promotion and adoption of EVs in Toronto and the Greater Toronto and Hamilton region.

The expanded charging station network has 142 charge ports available at 69 City locations. The network is expected to have 850 charge ports available by the end of 2025 at more than 100 City locations. The network will also enable the expansion of the City’s workplace charging program, with charging ports accessible to the public where feasible.

Since 2019, the City has been operating a pilot workplace EV charging program at City Hall and Metro Hall.

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Green Bus Program was approved by the TTC Board in November 2017, with the target of procuring only zero-emission buses starting in 2025 and achieving an entirely zero emissions bus fleet by 2040.

Since the Board’s approval of the Green Bus Program, the TTC has procured 310 of the latest clean diesel buses, 255 of latest generation hybrid electric buses (HEV), the City of Toronto’s first 60 battery-electric eBuses, and retrofitted three of TTC’s eight garages with the required eBus charging systems infrastructure.  The TTC has gained valuable experience from its last procurement of 255 HEVs and 60 eBuses. The TTC will be applying lessons learned to develop technical and commercial specifications for the next 600 new accessible buses, including approximately 300 HEVs and 240 eBuses, to be delivered in 2023 through early 2025.

Electric Buses

In June 2019, the TTC’s first of 60 eBuses entered service.

Since 2017, the TTC has been working in partnership with Toronto Hydro on the installation of required electrification infrastructure for the existing fleet of 60 eBuses. As the TTC continues on its path to full electrification of the bus, Wheel-Trans and non-revenue vehicle fleets, this infrastructure must be expanded accordingly. The TTC is working with Ontario Power Generation and Toronto Hydro to ensure on-time upgrade of the local grid distribution system and implementation of required infrastructure at TTC sites.

Hybrid Diesel-Electric Buses (HEV)

Between 2018 and 2019, a total of 255 of the latest generation hybrid diesel-electric buses were procured by TTC. Hybrid diesel-electric buses are equipped with both a clean diesel engine and an electric generator/motor. The on-board batteries, which drive the electric traction motor, are charged by the generator driven by the diesel engine and supplemented by the recovery of braking energy through regenerative braking. The clean diesel engine used on the hybrid buses is smaller in size compared to the engines used in the clean and conventional diesel buses. In addition, these buses have all-electric accessories such as electric power steering, air compressor, power steering, etc. All these features result in reduced fuel consumption and in turn, reduced tailpipe emissions.

Learn more: TTC Green Initiatives

Are you a business owner and have been thinking about whether to switch your fleet vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs)? With electric vehicles a relatively new technology, you may have questions about if EVs are right for your business, or how to install and provide charging.

This webinar will provide you with an opportunity to learn about the EV models available in Canada, options for providing charging for fleet vehicles, employees and customers/clients, EV maintenance requirements, and the upfront and operating costs of EVs compared to gas-powered or diesel-powered vehicles.

There are two opportunities to join. Click below to learn more and register: