Percy Hatfield MPP, Windsor-Tecumseh

Government of Ontario

Auto Dealers waiting months for EVIP rebate

Published on November 30, 2017

Nov 30 2017  QUEEN’S PARK — Today in the Ontario Legislature, Windsor-Tecumseh MPP Percy Hatfield challenged the government on their outstanding amounts owed to auto dealers around the province through their Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (EVIP).  The Ministry of Transportation initiated the program to provide financial incentives to purchase or lease an eligible new electric vehicle.

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“The Liberals grabbed the headlines speaker – with a rebate for people buying new electric vehicles.  Well, here’s a new headline – the Liberals are deadbeats.  They’re not paying their bills -- some new car dealers are owed as much as half a million dollars”, Hatfield said.

Hatfield said that auto dealers, which are required to provide the EVIP rebate to customers, are waiting months to be reimbursed by the government.

“A dealer in my riding is owed $300,000.  Dealers front the rebate off the top – file the paper work for the rebate – and it takes seven months or more to hear back…and sometimes that’s to be told you didn’t fill in the form right, so start over,” said Hatfield.

“In the spirit of being open and transparent, when will these deadbeat Liberals start paying the rebates to new car dealers in a timely fashion?” asked Hatfield.