As of May 5, 2021 retroactive applications will be completed online using our new automated system to improve wait times. Applications submitted before May 5, 2021 will not be impacted. 

As of May 5, 2021 applications must be received within 30 days of purchase to be eligable

Looking to purchase a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV), Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHEV) or electric bicycle (e-bike)? You could qualify for rebates available through Electrify Nova Scotia Provincial Rebate Program and iZEV Program from the Government of Canada.

Electrify Nova Scotia Rebate Program

Offered through the Province of Nova Scotia, Electrify provides rebates for the purchase or lease of qualifying BEVs, PHEVs and e-bikes purchased or leased from businesses located in Nova Scotia* on or after February 24, 2021.¹

As of April 1, 2021 instant rebates applied at the time of sale or lease are available from EV dealerships and e-bike retailers who offer this option. Purchases or leases made before this date, or from dealerships and retailers who don’t offer an instant rebate option, will need to apply for retroactive payment.  Applications must be submitted within 30 days of purchase to qualify.

As of July 2, 2021 all participating EV dealerships will offer instant rebates.

Contact us:
(P) 1-877-522-1110
(E) electrify@clean.ns.ca

 

*Only electric vehicles purchased or leased a licensed vehicle dealership located in Nova Scotia are eligible for rebates. The sole exeption is for models (such as Tesla) that currently can only be ordered online because there is no physical dealership located in the province.

Electric Vehicles 

Eligible vehicles are the same as the federal iZEV incentive program.

Vehicle Type Seating Capacity New Vehicles Used BEVs and PHEVs
MSRP (New Vehicles) Rebate Amount Retail Price (Used Vehicles) Rebate Amount
BEV 6 seats or fewer Less than $45,000 for base model, up to a maximum of $55,000 for higher-priced trims $3,000 $10,000 to $55,000 $2,000
7 seats or greater Less than $55,000 for base model, up to a maximum of $60,000 for higher-priced trims $3,000 $10,000 to $55,000 $2,000
PHEV, long-range 6 seats or fewer Less than $45,000 for base model, up to a maximum of $55,000 for higher-priced trims $3,000 $10,000 to $40,000 $1,000
7 seats or greater Less than $55,000 for base model, up to a maximum of $60,000 for higher-priced trims $3,000 $10,000 to $40,000 $1,000
PHEV, short-range 6 seats or fewer Less than $45,000 for base model, up to a maximum of $55,000 for higher-priced trims $2,000 $10,000 to $40,000 $1,000
7 seats or greater Less than $55,000 for base model, up to a maximum of $60,000 for higher-priced trims $2,000 $10,000 to $40,000 $1,000

 

E-bikes

E-bikes retailing for $1,200 or over are eligible for a $500 rebateif they meet the following criteria:

  • the e-bike retails for at least $1,200, inclusive of sales and discounts, but exclusive of taxes and delivery fees;
  • the electric motor must be 500 watts or less and be capable of propelling the cycle no faster than 32 km/h on level ground without pedaling;
  • the e-bike must be equipped with a mechanism that either: (a) allows the driver to turn the motor on and off, or (b) prevents the motor from turning on or engaging before the e-bike attains a speed of 3 km/h;
  • the motor must disengage when the operator: (a) stops pedaling, or (b) releases the accelerator or (c) applies a brake;
  • the motor cannot be gas- or diesel-powered;
  • the e-bike must be capable of being propelled by muscular power using the pedals, but it is not necessary to always be pedaling; and
  • the vehicle must meet any other conditions in the Motor Vehicle Act and regulations (R.S., c. 293, s. 1).  

Note that e-bikes are distinct from electric scooters, mopeds, and motorcycles because they have pedals and can be operated solely under human power. Electric scooters, mopeds, motorcycles, and off-road vehicles are not eligible for the e-bike rebate.

The e-bike must be purchased new from a retailer with a physical storefront in Nova Scotia (this includes both independent retailers as well as local outlets of chain stores).

Used e-bikes and new e-bikes ordered from third-party online retailers such as Amazon and Alibaba.com, directly from e-bike makers, or from individual private sellers are not eligible for a rebate.

How to access your provincial rebate

Rebates are available for purchases or leases of eligible BEVs, PHEVs and e-bikes that were made on or after February 24, 2021.

Rebates for eligible EVs and e-bikes will be applied at point-of-sale starting April 1, 2021, at dealerships’ and retailers’ discretion. Consumers who purchase or lease eligible EVs or e-bikes between February 24 – March 31, 2021, or who purchase or lease from dealerships and retailers not offering the instant rebate option, can apply for their rebate by completing the application form 

As of July 2, 2021 all participating EV dealerships will offer instant rebates. Instant rebates for eligible e-bikes will be available at retailers’ discretion from April 1, 2021 onward.

 

 Frequently Asked Questions

General

Do I have to live in Nova Scotia to qualify for a rebate?

Yes, individual consumers must be Nova Scotian residents to receive the rebate.

Are businesses and non-profit organizations eligible?

Yes, as long as they are registered in Nova Scotia or have a business affiliate here. There is a limit of 10 new vehicle, 10 used vehicle and 10 new e-bike rebates per calendar year.

Are municipal governments and First Nations eligible?

Yes, municipal governments and First Nations are eligible for rebates. There is a limit of 10 new vehicle, 10 used vehicle, and 10 e-bike rebates per calendar year.

When does the Electrify rebate program start?

Starting February 24, 2021, Nova Scotian residents and eligible organizations who purchase or lease an eligible vehicle or e-bike are entitled to receive rebates.

Initially, the rebates will not be available at point-of-sale (i.e., applied at time of purchase). 

Starting April 1, 2021, vehicle dealerships and e-bike retailers will have the option of offering rebates at point-of-sale, at their discretion. Consumers who purchase eligible EVs or e-bikes where the instant rebate option is not offered will be able to claim their rebate by submitting an application.

Starting July 2, 2021, EV dealerships will apply instant rebates at the  time of sale or lease. Your dealership will be responsible for completing all required documentation.

When does the Electrify rebate program end?

The rebates will remain available until the budget allocated for this program is completely exhausted or until such time as the Government of Nova Scotia decides to terminate it, with or without notice.

Is it a first-come, first-serve rebate program?

Yes, it is. If you are applying for a retroactive rebate, it is important to apply within 30 days of your purchase. 

What if I bought an eligible electric vehicle or e-bike on February 23, 2021? Can I still get my rebate?

No. The rebate program took effect on February 24, 2021. Only purchases or leases of eligible BEVs and PHEVs, and e-bikes on or after this date will qualify for rebates.

If I have made a deposit already but have not made final payment, and have not yet received the vehicle or e-bike, am I eligible?

If the final bill of sale for the vehicle or e-bike is dated on or after February 24, 2021, the purchase is eligible regardless of when a deposit was made. For questions related to your bill of sale, please speak with your dealer.

I bought or leased an eligible electric vehicle, or purchased an eligible e-bike on or after February 24, 2021 but didn’t get the rebate. What do I need to do to get my rebate payment, and how long will I have to wait?

As of February 24, 2021, eligible BEV and PHEV purchases or leases will qualify for a rebate, as will the purchase of eligible e-bikes. Between February 24th and March 31st, the rebates will not be available at point-of-sale.

Starting April 1, 2021, EV dealerships and e-bike retailers may choose to offer rebates at point-of-sale, at their discretion. Where dealerships and retailers offer the instant rebate option, they will be responsible for completing all required documentation.

If you purchased an eligible EV or e-bike between February 24th and March 31, or if you purchased after April 1st from a dealership or retailer that doesn’t offer the instant rebate option, you can receive your rebate by completing an application and submitting the supporting documents detailed in the application instructions. We will review the application to confirm eligibility and issue you a cheque for your rebate. Assuming the application is complete and the purchase was eligible, we will post a cheque to you within 30 days of receiving your application.

Can I purchase or lease an electric vehicle outside of Nova Scotia and still qualify for the rebate?

No, only vehicles purchased or leased within Nova Scotia from a licensed dealer are eligible.

Eligible electric vehicles that are ordered online, such as Tesla models, qualify for the rebate so long as the vehicle is sold to a Nova Scotian resident, municipality, First Nation, or provincially registered business or non-profit.

Can I purchase an e-bike outside of Nova Scotia and still qualify for the rebate?

No, only e-bikes purchased from retailers with a physical storefront located in Nova Scotia are eligible for a rebate (this includes both independent retailers as well as local outlets of chain stores). E-bikes ordered from third-party online retailers such as Amazon and Alibaba, directly from e-bike makers, or from individual private sellers, are not eligible for a rebate.

I am an EV dealership or e-bike retailer, how do I register to offer rebates at point-of-sale?

As of April 1, 2021, dealerships and retailers can register online to receive rebates through our direct deposit system. To register online, click here.

Once you complete your online registration you will receive instructions detailing how to submit an application to be reimbursed for rebates.

 

I am an EV dealership or e-bike retailer and have already registered with the program. How do I get reimbursed for instant rebates?

If you have already completed the registration form, you can submit a claim or reimbursement to our claims portal. Please refer to program guidelines for more details on the claim submission and tracking process.

 

I have already submitted an application before May 5th 2021, do I need to resubmit my application?

No, if you have applied using our PDF form and have provided us with an email address you are already in our new system and can expect to receive automated email updates.  

What if I do not have access to apply online?

You can still apply by using our application form. Please understand that by applying in this manner you should expect an additional week of processing time once we have recieved your application.

New Electric Vehicle Rebates

What is an electric vehicle?

Electric vehicles (often abbreviated to EVs) are vehicles that get their power from electricity instead of gas. Instead of filling up the tank they can be recharged by being plugged into an external source of electricity, such as a wall socket. There are two major types of EVs:

  • Battery electric vehicles (BEVs, which have only an electric motor and no internal combustion engine); and
  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs, which have both an electric motor and an internal combustion engine).

Hybrid vehicles that do not plug in, such as the Toyota Prius, are not considered electric vehicles for rebate eligibility purposes. (However, the Toyota Prius Prime, which does plug in, would be considered an eligible PHEV.)

What is a "long-range" versus a "short-range" plug-in hybrid electric vehicle?

Generally speaking, plug-in hybrid vehicles with a battery capacity of at least 15 kWh can accommodate a trip of 50 kilometres or more on a single charge. For the purpose of the Electrify Rebate program, these kinds of vehicles are defined as long-range, and sales or leases of new long-range PHEVs qualify for the maximum rebate of $3,000.

Conversely, vehicles with lower battery capacity are defined as short range, and are eligible for a $2,000 rebate for qualifying models.

What vehicles are eligible for the new electric vehicle rebate?

The rebate for new electric vehicles will apply to the same makes and models as in the Government of Canada iZEV program.

Specifically, the rebate will apply to:

  1. vehicles with six (6) seats or fewer, where the base model (trim) Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is less than $45,000
    • higher priced versions (trims) of these vehicles, up to a maximum MSRP of $55,000, will also be eligible for a rebate; and
  2. vehicles with seven (7) seats or greater, where the base model MSRP is less than $55,000
    • higher priced versions (trims) of these vehicles, up to a maximum MSRP of $60,000, will also be eligible for a rebate.

Please see the list of eligible vehicles available from the iZEV program.

In all cases, to be eligible for a new electric vehicle rebate, all vehicles must also:

  1. meet all federal and provincial motor vehicle safety standards;
  2. be intended for use on public streets, roads, and highways; and
  3. have at least four functioning wheels and be highway capable (e.g., not a low-speed vehicle).

Note that hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and electric motorcycles, scooters and off-road vehicles are not eligible for rebates. 

Important: Transport Canada adjusts this list from time to time and reserves the right to take models off the list at any time. Any changes to the list from Transport Canada will be effective in Nova Scotia immediately upon publication of the changes by Transport Canada.

How much are the rebates for new electric vehicles?

There are two levels of rebate for new electric vehicles:

  • $3,000 for BEVs and long-range PHEVs with six (6) seats or fewer, where the base model MSRP is less than $45,000, or BEVs and long-range PHEVs with seven (7) seats or greater, where the base model MSRP is less than $55,000, up to a max of $60,000 for higher-priced trims.
  • $2,000 for short-range PHEVs with six (6) seats or fewer, where the base model MSRP is less than $45,000, or short-range PHEVs with seven (7) seats or greater, where the base model MSRP is less than $55,000, up to a max of $60,000 for higher-priced trims.

 

Vehicle Type Seating Capacity MSRP Rebate Amount
BEV 6 seats or fewer Less than $45,000 for base model, up to a maximum of $55,000 for higher-priced trims $3,000
7 seats or greater Less than $55,000 for base model, up to a maximum of $60,000 for higher-priced trims $3,000
PHEV, long-range 6 seats or fewer Less than $45,000 for base model, up to a maximum of $55,000 for higher-priced trims $3,000
7 seats or greater Less than $55,000 for base model, up to a maximum of $60,000 for higher-priced trims $3,000
PHEV, short-range 6 seats or fewer Less than $45,000 for base model, up to a maximum of $55,000 for higher-priced trims $2,000
7 seats or greater Less than $55,000 for base model, up to a maximum of $60,000 for higher-priced trims $2,000
What is a vehicle trim level?

A vehicle trim level is a pre-determined package of different equipment and finishes offered for a particular vehicle model (e.g., base, sport, touring, etc.). A vehicle model can have multiple trim levels. Different trim levels will typically have a different MSRP.

Do I qualify for the new electric vehicle rebate if I lease rather than buy?

Yes, the rebate can be applied to eligible vehicles leased for a minimum of one year but will be prorated based on the length of the lease. For example, a 48-month lease is eligible for the full rebate amount for the eligible vehicle in question and a 24-month lease will be eligible for half of the rebate for that vehicle.

Length of Lease

BEVs and Long-Range PHEVs

Short-Range PHEVs

48 months

$3,000

$2,000

36 months

$2,250

$1,500

24 months

$1,500

$1,000

12 months

$750

$500

Important: The Government of Nova Scotia is mandating that lessors retain their vehicle for a minimum of 12 months, or they will have to repay a prorated portion of the rebate.

Will I have to repay the rebate if I sell my new electric vehicle in the first 12 months?

Yes, the minimum ownership or lease period required to retain the full rebate is 12 months.  Purchasers or lessees who sell or end their vehicle lease before that time will be required to refund a prorated portion of the rebate.

Are demonstrator vehicles eligible?

Yes, eligible BEVs and PHEVs that are demonstrators are considered new vehicles and are eligible for the rebate as long as the odometer reading is less than 10,000 km.

What is the maximum amount of money that I can expect from Electrify Nova Scotia Provincial Rebate Program for a new electric vehicle purchase?

Rebates of $3,000 are offered on new eligible BEVs and long-range PHEVs.

How does the Nova Scotia rebate work with other rebate programs?

The Electrify new electric vehicle rebate will be applied to eligible new vehicles in addition to any federal rebates offered under the iZEV program. So, an eligible new BEV or long-range PHEVs can receive $3,000 from the Province of Nova Scotia in addition to $5,000 from the iZEV program, for a total of $8,000.

Is there a limit on how many vehicles I can purchase or lease and still receive a rebate?

Yes, there are different limits for different types of consumers.

Individuals can only get one new vehicle rebate in a calendar year.

Businesses, municipal governments, First Nations, and non-profits can get up to 10 new vehicle rebates in a calendar year.

If I already received a rebate for a used electric vehicle from Nova Scotia, can I still receive a rebate if I also buy a new electric vehicle in the same calendar year?

Yes, individuals can get one new vehicle rebate and one used vehicle rebate per calendar year.

Businesses, municipal governments, First Nations, and non-profits can get up to 10 new vehicle rebates and 10 used vehicle rebates per calendar year.

Will the Government of Nova Scotia be offering a tax write-off on electric vehicles?

No; only rebates are available.

Used Electric Vehicle Rebates

What vehicles are eligible for the used electric vehicle rebate?

The used electric vehicle rebate will apply to any year, make or model of BEV or PHEV so long as it meets the following criteria:

  • must be purchased from a licensed dealer (not a private sale) located in Nova Scotia;
  • must not have had the Nova Scotia used vehicle rebate previously applied (only one used vehicle rebate is available per vehicle);
    • licensed dealerships will be responsible for sharing the vehicle identification number (VIN) for all electric vehicles that receive a used vehicle rebate with the Program Administrator to allow for verification of whether the vehicle has previously had the used vehicle rebate applied;
  • the retail price for a used BEV must be between $10,000 and $55,000, regardless of what its original MSRP was;
  • the retail price for a used PHEV (whether long-range or short-range) must be between $10,000 and $40,000, regardless of what its original MSRP was;
  • the vehicle has been inspected to evaluate the residual capacity of the battery with respect to its initial capacity and this information must be disclosed to the customer in writing on the bill of sale prior to the sale being finalized;
  • the vehicle meets all federal and provincial motor vehicle safety standards;
  • the vehicle is intended for use on public streets, roads, and highways; and;
  • the vehicle has at least four functioning wheels and is highway capable (e.g., not a low-speed vehicle).
Do I qualify for a used electric vehicle rebate if I lease rather than buy?

No. Only purchases of used vehicles are eligible for a rebate.

Can I purchase a used vehicle outside of Nova Scotia and still receive the rebate?

No, only used vehicles purchased from a licensed dealer within Nova Scotia are eligible for a rebate.

If I buy a used electric vehicle through a private sale, can I still get the rebate?

No, only used vehicles purchased from a licensed dealer are eligible.

What is the maximum rebate that I can expect for a used electric vehicle?

There are two levels of rebate for used electric vehicles:

  1. $2,000 for BEVs that retail for between $10,000 and $55,000, regardless of the original MSRP; and
  2. $1,000 for PHEVs that retail for between $10,000 and $40,000, regardless of the original MSRP.

Note that the Government of Nova Scotia also does not distinguish between “long-range” and “short-range” PHEVs as in the federal iZEV program. All eligible used PHEVs, regardless of original battery capacity, qualify for a $1,000 rebate.

How does it work with other rebate programs?

Used vehicles from outside of Nova Scotia that have previously had other rebates applied (i.e., from Quebec, British Columbia, Ontario, or the United States) are still eligible for the Nova Scotia used electric vehicle rebate.

However, a used electric vehicle that has already had the Nova Scotia used rebate applied will not be eligible for a second (i.e., one used rebate per Vehicle Identification Number).

If I already received a rebate for a new electric vehicle from Nova Scotia, can I still receive a rebate if I also buy a used electric vehicle in the same calendar year?

Yes, individuals can get one new vehicle rebate and one used vehicle rebate per calendar year.

Businesses, municipal governments, First Nations, and non-profits can get up to 10 new vehicle rebates and 10 used vehicle rebates per calendar year.

E-bikes

What is an e-bike?

An electric bicycle (e-bike) is a bicycle with an integrated electric motor that can be used to assist propulsion. E-bikes can be operated solely on human power or with varying degrees of assistance from the electric motor.

What kinds of e-bikes are eligible for the rebate?

The e-bike rebate will apply to any year, make or model of e-bike, so long as it meets the following criteria:

  • the e-bike retails for at least $1,200, inclusive of sales and discounts, but exclusive of taxes and delivery fees;
  • the electric motor must be 500 watts or less and be capable of propelling the cycle no faster than 32 km/h on level ground without pedaling;
  • the e-bike must be equipped with a mechanism that either: (a) allows the driver to turn the motor on and off, or (b) prevents the motor from turning on or engaging before the e-bike attains a speed of 3 km/h;
  • the motor must disengage when the operator: (a) stops pedaling, or (b) releases the accelerator or (c) applies a brake;
  • the motor cannot be gas- or diesel-powered;
  • the e-bike must be capable of being propelled by muscular power using the pedals, but it is not necessary to always be pedaling; and
  • The vehicle must meet any other conditions in the Motor Vehicle Act and regulations (R.S., c. 293, s. 1).

The e-bike must be purchased new from a retailer with a physical storefront in Nova Scotia (this includes both independent retailers as well as local outlets of chain stores).

E-bikes ordered from third-party, online retailers such as Amazon and Alibaba.com and individual private sellers are not eligible for a rebate.

Are e-bike conversion kits and accessories eligible for the rebate?

No, only e-bikes are eligible.

Can I get a rebate for electric motorcycles, mopeds, or scooters?

No, e-bikes are distinct from electric scooters, mopeds, and motorcycles because they have pedals and can be operated solely under human power. Electric scooters, mopeds, motorcycles, and off-road vehicles are not eligible for the e-bike rebate.

Can I get a rebate for electric tricycles?

Yes, both e-bikes and electric tricycles (AKA, e-trikes) are eligible for rebates. 

In addition, adaptive e-cycles with other configurations (e.g., more than 3 wheels) may also be eligible for rebates. Please contact the Program Administrator for assistance in vetting eligibility. For ease of reference, where e-bikes are referred to, the term includes e-trikes and other eligible configurations as well.

Electric unicycles are not eligible.

Do leased e-bikes qualify for the rebate?

No. Only purchased e-bikes are eligible.

Can I purchase an e-bike outside of Nova Scotia?

No, only e-bikes purchased from retailers with a physical storefront located in Nova Scotia are eligible for a rebate (this includes both independent retailers as well as local outlets of chain stores). E-bikes ordered from third-party online retailers such as Amazon and Alibaba, directly from e-bike makers, or from individual private sellers, are not eligible for a rebate.

Is it a first-come, first-serve rebate program?

Yes, rebates are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis and will remain available until the program budget is exhausted or the program is terminated.

1Rebates are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis and will remain available until the program budget is exhausted or the program is terminated.

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