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Applications for Green Commercial Vehicle Program Now Open

TORONTO, ON - Ontario's transportation ministry has announced the application form for the re-vamped Green Commercial Vehicle Program (GCVP) is now online through Grants Ontario. Applicants can apply for the program by logging in and submitting an application using the Grants Ontario Portal.

The Green Commercial Vehicle Program (GCVP) is an incentive-based program for the commercial transportation sector, where incentives are provided upon proof of purchase as outlined below:

• For the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles such as electric, natural gas or diesel-natural gas dual fuel vehicles, incentive amounts range from 15-50% of the incremental purchase cost of an eligible vehicle as compared to an equivalent conventional fuel vehicle.

• For fuel saving devices, the incentive amount is 30-50% of the purchase and installation cost, of the aerodynamic device, anti-idling device or electric refrigeration unit. See the list of approved devices.

The GCVP will also include a stream of funding for Commercial Transportation Innovation Pilots. Further details on this portion of the program will be available later this year. 

Eligibility Requirements
The eligibility criteria for applicants, alternative fuel commercial motor vehicles and fuel saving devices, are further described in the Program Guide.

To be eligible for funding, applicants must be a business, a municipality, a municipal organization, a not-for-profit corporation, an Aboriginal business, a First Nation, a Métis or an Inuit community, or an Indigenous organization recognized by the province; be a legal entity; be located and operating in Ontario; have a valid Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) business number; have a “Satisfactory Unaudited” or higher Commercial Vehicle Operators; Registration (CVOR) fleet safety rating; demonstrate a commitment to own/lease the vehicle for 36 months after receiving the incentive; and agree to participate in data collection for 12 months at any point during the above-noted 36-month period.

To be eligible for a GCVP incentive, an alternative fuel commercial motor vehicle must be a commercial motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 4,536 kg or higher (class 3-8); registered, plated and operating primarily in Ontario; insured and roadworthy for on-road commercial use in Ontario, excluding passenger transportation; and purchased, converted or retrofitted on or after September 1, 2017.

All eligible purchases made on or after September 1, 2017 will be eligible to apply for incentives. Purchases made on or before March 31, 2018 will be eligible for an early adopter incentive worth an additional 10% for up to 10 vehicles or devices.