BC ZEV Sector Development

Go Electric Advanced Research and Commercialization Program

The Go Electric Advanced Research and Commercialization (ARC) Program is a fundamental part of the Province’s Go Electric Program, designed to support the development of companies operating in the ZEV sector, and to encourage international investment in the ZEV sector in British Columbia. It is the intention of the ARC Program to provide reliable and targeted support to build on existing strengths or eliminate barriers for companies in the sector. The ARC Program will provide support to B.C. companies to invest in product development and commercialization activities through to long-term demonstration projects.

The following general groups of activities are eligible for funding under the ARC Program:

  • Pre-commercial research and development of a BC-based ZEV product, service or Technology;
  • Commercialization of a BC-based ZEV product, service or technology, including investments in manufacturing facilities or processes; and
  • Use or demonstration of a BC-based ZEV product, service, or technology.

For information on ARC program requirements and how to apply for funding, please visit the ARC Program website at www.arcbc.ca. The ARC Program is administered by MNP LLP.

Economic Opportunities Assessment Report

The Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources in 2016 commissioned a report that helped set the economic development context within the ZEV sector in B.C, and help guide government policy and actions to support the economic development of British Columbia’s ZEV sector.

The report identifies competitive advantages B.C. enjoys related to economic opportunities in the ZEV sector, including:

  • An internationally recognised advanced automotive sector
  • Highly qualified personnel and strong depth in local talent
  • Progressive environmental policy
  • A high adoption rate of ZEVs
  • A clean and abundant source of electricity
  • B.C. is geographically well positioned to West Coast states and Asian markets

Based on the findings, the ZEV sector is delivering jobs and significant economic opportunities to the province including:

  • An estimated 198 companies and organizations involved in all aspects of the supply chain;
  • 3,850 FTEs in total direct employment associated with ZEV-related activities;
  • $702.0 million in total economic output; and
  • $373.0 million direct contribution to provincial GDP.

The report can be found here: CEV Economic Opportunities Assessment report(PDF, 2MB)