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As of February 16, 2024, the Ontario Energy Board has issued amendments to the Distribution System Code regarding the connection of non-residential Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS) to local electricity distribution systems. The amendments are intended to improve connection timelines and provide clarity and consistency in the process for connecting an EVCS.

These amendments provide prescribed application documents and information for distribution companies to make available to their customers for the purpose of integrating EVCSs into the respective distributors system.

For information regarding the connection of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) to local electricity distribution systems, please visit our Distributed Energy Resources page.

EVCS Connection Procedures

Below describes the steps required by applicants for EVCS applications. For more details, flowcharts and timelines, please refer to the “Electric Vehicle Charging Connection Procedures” document available at the bottom of this page.

1)      Preliminary consultation

1.1     Applicant needs to review the EV Preliminary Consultation Information Request available on our website to accommodate an EVCS connection. The applicant can request information by calling our office at 877-332-3316 or by sending an email to [email protected]

1.2     To formally initiate the EVCS connection request, the Applicant will be required to submit the “EVPCIR-App-3-Preliminary Consultation Information Request” form (EVPCIR) that is available at the bottom of this page. Please send the completed form to [email protected]

1.3     ORPC will review the request and respond within 15 days of receipt of a completed Preliminary Consultation Information Request with a completed Preliminary Consultation Report (EVPCR). The Preliminary Consultation Report will provide information about the possibility of connecting the EVCS project (Whether an expansion is expected to be required to provide the requested connection capacity, an assessment of the expected complexity of the connection of EVCS, any additional information that ORPC may have, offering potential benefits to the customer such as guidance on estimated costs and potentially informing the customer that a smaller size than that specified in the EVPCIR could potentially decrease costs and complexity of the connection, etc.). A meeting may be requested by either party during or after the report to discuss any issue with the EVPCIR.

2)      Connection and Cost Agreements

2.1     Once step 1.3 above is completed, and it is determined by ORPC that an EVCS installation necessitates modification or addition to the ORPC distribution system, an Offer to Connect (OTC) will be issued to the customer within 60 calendar days of receipt of the customer’s request.

Download Documents

Electric Vehicle Charging Connection Procedures

EV Preliminary Consultation Information Request

EV Preliminary Consultation Report