The Electric Autonomy EV-ready bylaw tracker summarizes the national rules for EV charging in condos, stratas and MURBs in Canada
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.
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|British Columbia||In 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 Columbia||City of Burnaby||Zoning 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 Columbia||City of Coquitlam||The 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 Columbia||City of Duncan||Multi-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 Columbia||City of Kamloops||The 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 Columbia||City of Langford||For 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 Columbia||City of Maple Ridge||The 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 Columbia||City of Nanaimo||According 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 Columbia||City of Nelson||The 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 Columbia||City of New Westminster||As 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 Columbia||City of North Vancouver||According 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 Columbia||City of Penticton||The 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 Columbia||City of Port Coquitlam||For 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 Columbia||City of Port Moody||Zoning 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 Columbia||City of Revelstoke||The 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 Columbia||City of Richmond||All 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 Columbia||City of Surrey||Zoning 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 Columbia||City of Vancouver||Bylaw 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 Columbia||City of Victoria||In 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 Columbia||City of White Rock||The 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 Columbia||District of Central Saanich||Zoning 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 Columbia||District of North Vancouver||Per 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 Columbia||District of Squamish||Bylaw 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 Columbia||District of West Vancouver||Per 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 Columbia||The Corporation of Delta||For 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 Columbia||Town of Sidney||In 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 Columbia||Town of View Royal||As 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 Columbia||The Township of Esquimalt||Each 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 Columbia||Township of Langley||In 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.|
|Alberta||Alberta has no provincial EV-ready bylaws.||None.|
|Alberta||City of Calgary||Calgary 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|
|Saskatchewan||None.||Saskatchewan has no provincial EV-ready bylaws.||None.|
|Manitoba||None.||Manitoba has no provincial EV-ready bylaws.||None.|
|Ontario||Ontario has no provincial EV-ready bylaws.||None.|
|Ontario||City of Cambridge||On 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|
|Ontario||City of Hamilton||City staff have been asked by the city council to examine how to incorporate requirements for EV charging stations through the parking requirement by-laws in new developments.||None.|
|Ontario||City of Kitchener||Zoning 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|
|Ontario||City of Mississauga||A 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.|
|Ontario||City of Toronto||According 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|
|Ontario||City of Waterloo||Zoning 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.|
|Ontario||Town of Ajax||In 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|
|Ontario||Town of Whitby||In 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.|
|Quebec||In 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|
|Quebec||City of Laval||The 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.|
|Quebec||City of Montreal||Montreal 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 Brunswick||None.||New Brunswick has no provincial EV-ready bylaws.||None.|
|Nova Scotia||In 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|
|Prince Edward Island||None.||Prince Edward Island has no provincial EV-ready bylaws.||None.|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||None.||Newfoundland and Labrador has no provincial EV-ready bylaws.||None.|
|Yukon||None.||Yukon has no territorial EV-ready bylaws.||None.|
|Northwest Territories||None.||Northwest Territories has no territorial EV-ready bylaws.||None.|
|Nunavut||None.||Nunavut has no territorial EV-ready bylaws.||None.|
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