EV-ready bylaw tracker for condo, strata and MURB charging in Canada

The Electric Autonomy EV-ready bylaw tracker summarizes the national rules for EV charging in condos, stratas and MURBs in Canada

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The ability to access charging at home is a major deciding factor in an EV purchase. In multi-unit residential buildings, condos and stratas this can be complicated.

Welcome to Electric Autonomy‘s EV-ready bylaw tracker for Canada. Below are the jurisdictions that have implemented or are considering charging requirements for condos, stratas and other multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs).

There are no regulations in Canada’s national building code governing this topic. And MURB residents across Canada are struggling to understand if (and how) they may access EV charging at home.

Provinces and territories are free to create their own building bylaws and codes. But, to date, they have largely left responsibility for drafting and implementing EV-ready building rules to municipalities.

This creates a confusing and inconsistent patchwork of rules and regulations.

We are compiling and updating a rolling tracker of jurisdictions across Canada with EV-ready building code requirements.

The tracker below reflects the provinces, territories and municipalities from coast-to-coast-to-coast that have taken steps to codify in bylaws and building requirements that EV charging access be mandatory.

This is a fluid area of EV adoption. If you think we are missing information on the EV-ready tracker for Canada, please let us know at [email protected].

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ProvinceJurisdictionCurrent regulationsDocumentation
British ColumbiaIn April 2023, the provincial government announced an amendment to the Strata Property Act to make it easier to implement EV chargers in strata complexes across the province. The act, which is the legal framework that all strata corporations in B.C. need to follow, now requires strata owners to have an electrical planning report for the installation of EV chargers. Amendments to the act also included lowering the minimum number of votes — from 75 to 50 per cent — needed to approve costs and changes to properties to install EV infrastructure.rb.gy/fqiki
British ColumbiaCity of BurnabyZoning Bylaw 13903 – Section 800.8, which took effect on September 1st, required Level 2 energized outlets in all new residential parking spaces. This includes both single-family homes and multi-unit residential buildings. Parking spaces for secondary suites and visitor parking are exempt, but all other stalls in new buildings must be 100 per cent EV-ready.rb.gy/w2j0u
British ColumbiaCity of CoquitlamThe Zoning Bylaw No. 4905 – Section 714 was amended on October 29, 2018, to require all new construction, including single-family residences and MURBs, to have a minimum of one energized outlet capable of Level 2 charging or higher for every dwelling unit. Parking spaces designated for visitors are exempt. If the number of parking spaces is less than the number of dwelling units, all residential parking spots must have an energized outlet with Level 2 or higher charging capabilities.rb.gy/2dz1r
British ColumbiaCity of DuncanMulti-unit residential, commercial, or community uses must install one (1) electric vehicle charging station, minimum Level-2, for every 20 required off-street parking spaces.rb.gy/y3zqo
British ColumbiaCity of KamloopsThe city of Kamloops adopted a revised zoning bylaw in September 2022 to mandate EV charging requirements in all new residential developments. As of Jan. 1, 2023, all new residential buildings in the city must have electrical infrastructure to support Level 2 EV charging for a minimum of one parking space per unit. Additionally, for buildings that are over three storeys in height, developers must complete an “EV-capable plan.” This is a strategy that outlines the electrical capacity of a building, prior to construction.rb.gy/wb1aq
British ColumbiaCity of LangfordFor new buildings containing apartment units starting in 2022, all parking spaces, excluding visitor parking spaces, shall include conduits capable of providing wiring for Level 2 Electric Vehicle charging in the future.rb.gy/apb32
British ColumbiaCity of Maple RidgeThe city’s Bylaw No. 4350-1990 – Schedule F says for apartments, each parking space provided for residential use, excluding visitor parking spaces, will be required to have roughed-in infrastructure capable of providing Level 2 charging. Apartments and townhouses with a minimum of 50 per cent of required visitor parking spaces will need partial infrastructure capable of Level 2 charging.rb.gy/swn39
British ColumbiaCity of NanaimoAccording to the Off-Street Parking Regulations Bylaw No. 7266 – Section 7.7, a minimum of 25 per cent of all off-street parking spots in any common parking area for multifamily residential housing must have shared access to a Level 2 EV charging, and have an electrical outlet box wired with a separate branch circuit capable of supplying electricity to support both Level 1 and Level 2 charging.rb.gy/yvuza
British ColumbiaCity of NelsonThe city amended its Off-Street Parking and Landscaping Bylaw No. 3274 – Section 7.4 in 2019 to have at least one parking space per dwelling unit feature Level 2 charging or higher in new single-family and multi-unit residential buildings, starting in 2020. For every 10 parking spaces available at a dwelling, two stalls must have Level 2 charging capabilities.rb.gy/0gw7k
British ColumbiaCity of New WestminsterAs of April 1, 2019, all new buildings with at least one residential unit are required to have a Level 2 energized outlet to the residential parking spaces, according to Electric Vehicle Ready Infrastructure Zoning Bylaw 8040, 2018. Energized Level 2 outlets will not be required for visitor parking spaces.rb.gy/b8b41
British ColumbiaCity of North VancouverAccording to Zoning Bylaw No. 6700 – Section 909, all parking spaces in all new residential multi-family buildings must include Level 2 EV charging infrastructure as of June 2019 and 10 per cent of residential visitor parking spaces must include Level 2 EV charging infrastructure as of Jan. 2022.rb.gy/vpsh1
British ColumbiaCity of PentictonThe City of Penticton incorporated EV Ready requirements as part of a larger Zoning Bylaw No. 2023-08 update in April 2023. Where one or more accessible parking spaces are required by the Zoning Bylaw, a minimum 50% of the accessible parking spaces shall by EV ready.rb.gy/vpsh1
British ColumbiaCity of Port CoquitlamFor residential buildings that do not have a common parking area, one parking space per dwelling unit is required to provide “roughed-in” charging infrastructure, put in effect on Jan. 23, 2018. This must include an electrical outlet box located within three metres of the unit’s parking space, according to Zoning Bylaw No. 3630 – Section 2.5.10;11. For a residential building with a common parking area, a separate single utility electrical meter and disconnect should be provided in line with the electrical panel(s) intended to provide EV charging located within three metres of the parking space.None.
British ColumbiaCity of Port MoodyZoning Bylaw No. 2937 – Section 6.11 mandated that all spaces in new residential constructions starting from March 1, 2019, required an energized outlet capable of Level 2 charging. A minimum of 20 per cent of spaces in new commercial constructions from March 1, 2019, required an energized outlet capable of Level 2 charging.rb.gy/3lqz8
British ColumbiaCity of RevelstokeThe city of Revelstoke doesn’t have a bylaw in place for EV chargers in MURBs. But a 2021 community energy and emissions plan aims to adopt EV-ready building requirements — including in MURBs — by 2030.None.
British ColumbiaCity of RichmondAll new buildings and residential parking spaces from April 1, 2018, excluding those provided for visitors’ use, have had an energized outlet capable of providing Level 2 charging or higher to the parking space, says Zoning Bylaw 8500 – Section 7.15.None.
British ColumbiaCity of SurreyZoning By-law No. 12000 – Part 5(7) was amended on February 25, 2019 to say builders must construct and install an energized electrical outlet for 100 per cent of residential parking spaces, 50 per cent of visitor parking spaces, and 20 per cent of commercial parking spaces. Each energized electrical outlet must be capable of providing Level 2 or a higher level of electric vehicle charging.rb.gy/6cceg
British ColumbiaCity of VancouverBylaw 10908 – Section 10.2.3. was amended on July 1, 2014, to include provisions for Level 2 EV charging infrastructure at all residential and commercial buildings. On March 14, 2018, the bylaw was updated to raise the percentage of EV-ready parking stalls in MURBs from 20 per cent to 100 per cent. The current bylaw also requires one EV-ready stall for single-family residences with garages and 10 per cent of parking stalls to be EV-ready for commercial buildings.rb.gy/pcvkk
British ColumbiaCity of VictoriaIn effect since October 1, 2020, the Zoning Bylaw No. 80-159 – Schedule C Section 2.4 stipulates that all residential parking spaces in new residential developments must have an energized electrical outlet installed that can provide Level 2 charging for an electric vehicle. This requirement applies to both single-family and multi-unit residential dwellings but not visitor parking spaces.rb.gy/71esu
British ColumbiaCity of White RockThe city is currently considering changes to its Zoning Bylaw, 2012, No. 2000. On March 18, 2021, the Environmental Advisory Committee presented recommendations that would require all resident parking stalls to be Level 2 EV-ready in new multi-unit residential buildings and 50 per cent of visitor parking stalls to be Level 2 EV-ready in new multi-unit residential buildings.rb.gy/rcdiz
British ColumbiaDistrict of Central SaanichZoning Bylaw No. 8200 – Section 7 specified that all new residential MURBs are required to provide Level 2 charging after Sept. 1, 2020.rb.gy/iluk3
British ColumbiaDistrict of North VancouverPer the Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Policy, updated on March 17, 2021, all parking stalls — not including visitor parking — must feature energized outlets capable of providing Level 2 charging or higher for multi-family residences.rb.gy/ug49k
British ColumbiaDistrict of SquamishBylaw No. 2610, 2018 Subsection 41.11(f) required 100 per cent of off-street parking stalls to have charging infrastructure starting from July 24, 201, in any shared parking areas for multiple-unit residential uses.rb.gy/otht7
British ColumbiaDistrict of West VancouverPer Zoning Bylaw No. 4662 – Sections 142.10; 141.01(4), new dwelling units, all parking spaces for residential use, except visitor parking, need to include an energized outlet that is: (a) capable of providing Level 2 charging for an electric vehicle; (b) labelled for the use of electric vehicle charging.rb.gy/pm0rd
British ColumbiaThe Corporation of DeltaFor a single detached dwelling or a duplex dwelling, a minimum of one parking space per dwelling unit shall be provided with an energized electric vehicle outlet or electric vehicle charger. Accessory dwelling units, such as secondary suites or coach houses, are exempt. For an apartment building or mixed use residential building, 100% of residential parking spaces shall be provided with an electric vehicle charger or a dedicated energized electric
vehicle outlet. For a townhouse with individual garages for each dwelling unit, charging infrastructure shall be provided in accordance with Subsection (a); and for a townhouse with parking within a common parking structure or area, charging infrastructure shall be provided in accordance with Subsection (b).
British ColumbiaTown of SidneyIn all buildings that contain Apartment and Townhouse Dwellings, Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure shall be provided to all parking spaces and terminate in an Energized Outlet capable of providing a minimum of Level 2 Charging.rb.gy/jzukq
British ColumbiaTown of View RoyalAs per Zoning Bylaw No. 900 – Section 5.13, every commercial or multi-unit residential construction with more than 100 parking spots must provide an accessible electric vehicle charging station on the premises for patrons or residents. This bylaw was adopted on Feb. 2021.rb.gy/3aq3t
British ColumbiaThe Township of EsquimaltEach Parking Area shall be designed and constructed to include electric vehicle charging infrastructure in accordance with the provisions of this Bylaw.rb.gy/focq2
British ColumbiaTownship of LangleyIn Zoning Bylaw No. 2500 – Section 107.3, all new residential construction, including single-home dwellings, townhouses and apartments, required one space per dwelling unit to have EV charging requirements, starting from Nov. 4, 2019.None.
AlbertaAlberta has no provincial EV-ready bylaws.None.
AlbertaCity of CalgaryCalgary hasn’t implemented any formal EV-ready measures for MURBs. But the city has made progress towards mandating that buildings be equipped with EV chargers. In Calgary’s 2023-2026 climate implementation plan, the city recommends all new residential buildings to be EV-ready and commercial buildings to be 10 per cent EV-ready with a conduit system (wire used for EV charging) to be 90 per cent EV-ready by 2026. rb.gy/4jnnt
SaskatchewanNone.Saskatchewan has no provincial EV-ready bylaws.None.
ManitobaNone.Manitoba has no provincial EV-ready bylaws.None.
OntarioOntario has no provincial EV-ready bylaws.None.
OntarioCity of CambridgeOn Apr. 11, 2023, the city of Cambridge voted to look at creating a new regulation that would require all new development, retail locations and city parking lots to have a designated number (or percentage) of EV charging stations. rb.gy/crq13
OntarioCity of HamiltonAs of April 2024 the city of Hamilton is considering a bylaw amendment that would see 100 per cent of parking spaces in Low-rise Residential and MHR Residential be EV-ready.rb.gy/kqwds
OntarioCity of KitchenerZoning bylaw 2019-051 was amended on Mar. 21, 2022. It requires a minimum of 20 per cent of parking spaces required for multiple dwellings need to be EV-ready. Additionally, for non-residential buildings and care facilities, 17.5 per cent of parking spaces must be EV-ready. rb.gy/fdl4n
OntarioCity of MississaugaA corporate report to amend Mississauga’s Zoning By-law 0225-2007 was presented on March 2022 by the city’s commissioner of planning and building to the chair and members of the planning and development committee. The report includes recommendations that would introduce EV-ready parking requirements to the city.None.
OntarioCity of TorontoAccording to the Zoning Bylaw 569-2013, which was amended on Dec. 2021 and the Toronto Green Standard version 4 performance standards for EV Infrastructure, which came into effect in May 2022, all residential parking spaces provided for dwelling units located in an apartment building, mixed-use building, and multiple dwelling unit building, but excluding visitor parking, must include an energized outlet capable of providing Level 2 charging or higher to the parking space.rb.gy/h4c84
OntarioCity of WaterlooZoning bylaw 2018-050 was amended on Sept. 21, 2020. It requires all structured parking spaces for apartments, MURBs, mixed-use and non-residential buildings built after Jan. 1, 2021, to be EV-ready.None.
OntarioTown of AjaxIn April 2022, Ajax approved a sustainable building framework, the Green Development and Environmental Design Guidelines (GDEDG). It applies to new development and redevelopment. As part of the GDEDG, all mid- to high-density residential and non-residential buildings with over 20 parking spots must ensure half of their parking spaces have EV charging stations or are EV-ready. If a building has less than 20 parking spaces, 10 per cent of the total spots must be EV-ready.rb.gy/kqwds
OntarioTown of WhitbyIn 2020, Whitby developed “Green Standard” guidelines to encourage sustainability in new developments. While the guidelines are not mandatory building standards, as they exceed requirements under the Ontario Building Code and Provincial Planning Act, they suggest that residential and non-residential buildings that are four storeys or taller should make 20 per cent of their parking stalls EV-ready.None.
QuebecIn Quebec, under the Quebec Construction Code, every new construction for single dwellings equipped with a garage, a carport or a parking area after October 2018 was required to support a Level 2 EV charging station. But these regulations do not extend to multi-unit residential buildings.rb.gy/8yevr
QuebecCity of LavalThe Zoning Bylaw No. L-2001-3776 and Building Bylaw No. L-9501 -77 was amended in January 2020 to require 25 per cent of parking spaces have electrical equipment that can accommodate Level 2 EV charging stations at all new constructions of multi-family dwellings of five to 49 units. In new construction builds for multi-family dwellings of 50 units or more in Laval, 20 per cent of a building’s parking spaces will need to install electrical equipment.None.
QuebecCity of MontrealMontreal is divided into 19 boroughs and each is responsible for the by-laws that would make MURBs EV-ready.

So far 11 of the 19 boroughs have EV-ready bylaws. They are: Lachine, LaSalle, Le Sud-Ouest, Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Montréal-Nord, Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles, Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie, Saint-Léonard, Verdun, Ville-Marie and Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension.
New BrunswickNone.New Brunswick has no provincial EV-ready bylaws.None.
Nova ScotiaIn April 2022, the province held a first reading for the “Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Act.” It is a bill that would create a rebate for the purchase and installation of EV chargers and infrastructure for homes and businesses in the province.rb.gy/yidfy
Nova ScotiaCity of HalifaxAs of June 2023 the City of Halifax is considering a draft plan for bylaws that would see all residential parking spots made EV-ready.rb.gy/yidfy
Prince Edward IslandNone.Prince Edward Island has no provincial EV-ready bylaws.None.
Newfoundland and LabradorNone.Newfoundland and Labrador has no provincial EV-ready bylaws.None.
YukonNone.Yukon has no territorial EV-ready bylaws.None.
Northwest TerritoriesNone.Northwest Territories has no territorial EV-ready bylaws.None.
NunavutNone.Nunavut has no territorial EV-ready bylaws.None.

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