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Electric Vehicles in Burnaby

Electric Vehicle charging

EV Policy in Burnaby

Burnaby’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy (ESS) and Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP) support healthy and sustainable transportation choices. Electric vehicles (EVs) can play a part by reducing community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and local air pollution and noise, and can foster green economic development. They also cost less to operate, and are fun to drive.

Burnaby’s EV Policy focuses on the following areas:

New Residential Development – EV Charging Requirements

For EV owners, charging at home is convenient and reliable, and new homes can be equipped with EV charging for a relatively modest cost. To support EV charging at home, Council approved bylaw requirements to make all new residential parking spaces EV-ready, by providing an energized outlet for Level 2 charging, including in single-family homes and multi-family buildings of all sizes. Read the Council Report recommending these changes.

The City is undertaking a pilot project, beginning in 2019, to install public EV charging, initially at select City facilities, and a later phase focusing on street-side locations in commercial areas. Feedback and findings from this project will be used to gain experience and inform a broader public EV charging program in the future. Read more in this Council Report


New Non-Residential Development - Proposed Approach

EV charging at the workplace and in public commercial areas can allow more people to make the switch to owning an EV, especially those who do not have access to charging at home. Burnaby’s proposed approach for non-residential new development would require a percentage of parking spaces to have energized outlets, and would facilitate installing more charging in future, including for commercial loading bays.  

Learn More

  • Policy Brief: An in-depth backgrounder and rationale for proposed approach
  • Stakeholder Survey: The online survey has now closed. To submit comments about the proposed approach, please email:

Other Policy Topics

The City is planning to install public EV charging at several City facilities later in 2019; locations are currently being finalized (read more here) and the use of electric vehicles in municipal fleets is being explored. Updates will be posted on this page when available.

More Information

  • Under the Incentive for Zero-Emission Vehicles (iZEV) Program, a point-of-sale incentive will be applied to eligible zero-emission vehicles for purchases or leases that take place on or after May 1st. Read more » 
  • The Clean Energy Vehicles for BC (CEVforBC) Program is intended to make clean energy vehicles more affordable for British Columbians. Learn more »
  • Plug-In BC provides basic information about EVs, and incentives for purchasing EVs and installing EV charging in your strata or workplace:
  • Plug-Share BC provides an interactive map of locations to charge your EV:
  • EV Condo provides resources and information for condo residents and owners about installing EV charging, and a searchable map of EV-friendly condos in Metro Vancouver:
  • BC Hydro provides information about B.C. is ready for Electric Vehicles and a guide for Installing EV Charging Infrastructure in Shared Parking Areas