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Federal government announces $4.6M investment in Suncor's Petro-Canada

Petro Canada's electric vehicle charging station is shown on display at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto on Thursday, February 14, 2019. The electric vehicle road trip is becoming a practical reality as an increasing number of players work to close gaps in Canada's fast-charger networks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Suncor Energy has been given a $4.6 million investment from the government of Canada.

The announcement was made by Bill Casey, Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester, Nova Scotia, on behalf of the Minister of Natural Resources.

“Our government is making historic investments in green infrastructure, helping us to move from traditional fuels to cleaner choices that will power our future while lowering costs for families. With more electric vehicles on our roads, we will reduce pollution and create strong and sustainable communities.”

Funding will go towards 92 electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations in Petro-Canada’s coast-to-coast network.

The first station is in Stewiacke, N.S., is part of a network of 50 Petro-Canada locations, each with two charging units.

The funding is part of the federal government’s climate plan, which includes $182.5 million in investment to build a coast-to-coast charging network for EVs and other projects.

The plan also includes a new incentive of up to $5,000 for Canadians who buy or lease a zero-emission vehicle.

According to the Petro-Canada website, there are six planned charging stations opening across the province.

There are currently two electric vehicle charging stations in Fort McMurray. One at Northstar Ford and another at Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s location at 140 Airport Rd.