EV Skills Training Expands to Three More Schools in B.C.

EIN 57 BC logo 400

March 23, 2022

More British Columbians can upgrade their skills to work on electric vehicles (EVs) through the expansion of the EV Maintenance Training program to three more post-secondary institutions, reaching more B.C. communities.

“We’re supporting the growing popularity of electric vehicles by helping auto technicians develop the skills they need to work on EVs in service centres across B.C.,” said Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. “The expansion of the EV Maintenance Training program will help grow our EV sector and make it even easier for British Columbians to make the switch to an EV, putting us on the road to a cleaner, better future.”

Under the Province’s CleanBC Go Electric program and in partnership with Trades Training BC, the program will soon be offered at Vancouver Island University, College of the Rockies and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. This expansion will prepare British Columbians for good-paying jobs of the future.

“Through CleanBC, we’re accelerating the transition to electric vehicles and helping people get the skills they need to compete in the clean economy,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “The expansion of the EV Maintenance Training program will mean more opportunities for people in B.C.’s rapidly growing EV industry. By working with post-secondary institutions and the trades sector, we’re helping to reduce emissions and building a cleaner, better future for everyone.”

The British Columbia Institute of Technology launched the EV Maintenance Training program in 2019 to provide Red Seal automotive technicians with the skills they need to work on EVs. In 2021, the program was expanded to Okanagan College, College of New Caledonia and Camosun College.

“As more electric vehicles hit the road in B.C., we need to ensure people are trained to service them,” said Anne Kang, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Training. “By working with these post-secondary institutions, we’re preparing our workforce for a clean, innovative economy and giving British Columbians the confidence to go electric, knowing their EVs can be serviced by a professional.”

Red Seal automotive technicians wanting to upgrade their skills in EV maintenance should check each college’s website for course details coming soon. Pilot training is expected to begin at the three additional institutions in fall 2022.

The EV Maintenance Training program aligns with the CleanBC Roadmap to 2030, which details a range of expanded actions to accelerate the transition to a net-zero future and to achieve B.C.’s legislated greenhouse gas emissions targets. These actions include strengthening the Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) Act to require automakers to meet an escalating annual percentage of new light-duty ZEV sales and leases, reaching 26% of light-duty vehicle sales by 2026, 90% by 2030 and 100% by 2035 – five years ahead of the original target.

The CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 is B.C.’s plan to expand and accelerate climate action building on the province’s natural advantages – abundant, clean electricity, high-value natural resources and a highly skilled workforce. It sets a path for increased collaboration to build a British Columbia that works for everyone.

Quick Facts:

  • As of the end of December 2021, 96 automotive technicians have completed the EV Maintenance Training program through the four institutions that currently offer the program.
  • British Columbia was the first place in the world to have a 100% zero-emission vehicles law and is leading North America in uptake rates of EVs at 13% of new light-duty vehicle sales in 2021.
  • Trades Training BC is a consortium of 15 B.C. public post-secondary educational institutions created to promote trades training in British Columbia. Its primary function is to encourage students and others considering career retraining to explore trades as a viable career option.

Source

Related Articles


Latest Articles

  • A Career with Purpose – Apprentices Building Canada’s Reduced Carbon Future

    A Career with Purpose – Apprentices Building Canada’s Reduced Carbon Future

    January 27, 2023 By Yoana Turnin, Project Manager, EHRC In 2021, Canada joined 120+ other countries in committing to achieving net-zero emissions by year 2050 in an effort to “avert the worst impacts of climate change.” In a few words, that means either reducing or offsetting the economy’s greenhouse gas emissions through electrification, energy efficiency… Read More…

  • Challenges, Opportunity, and Labour Demand in the Construction Industry

    Challenges, Opportunity, and Labour Demand in the Construction Industry

    January 27, 2023 By Blake Marchand There is some uncertainty in the overall market right now, relating to inflation, interest rates, even global events like the war in Ukraine has an impact. These factors will have an impact on the construction industry, which may have an impact on broader opportunities for electrical contractors. Although, anecdotally… Read More…

  • First Retrofit Financed by the Canada Infrastructure Bank Receives IREE Certification

    First Retrofit Financed by the Canada Infrastructure Bank Receives IREE Certification

    January 27, 2023 The Canada Green Building Council (CAGBC) and the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) have announced Dream’s 366 Bay St. redevelopment in Toronto is the first retrofit project financed by the CIB to achieve Investor Ready Energy Efficiency (IREE) certification. IREE certification is part of the CIB’s Building Retrofits Initiative and is administered through… Read More…

  • Natural Resources Canada Launches Call for Proposals for the Delivery of the Codes Acceleration Fund

    Natural Resources Canada Launches Call for Proposals for the Delivery of the Codes Acceleration Fund

    January 27, 2023 The Government of Canada is taking action to fight climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy efficiency. The buildings sector is the third-largest source of emissions in Canada, which is why Canada’s upcoming Green Buildings Strategy will be critical to achieving Canada’s climate targets, creating more climate-resilient buildings and supporting jobs in many sectors across the… Read More…


Changing Scene

  • Electricity Canada and Smart Grid Innovation Network Canada Enter Collaborative Agreement

    Electricity Canada and Smart Grid Innovation Network Canada Enter Collaborative Agreement

    January 27, 2023 Electricity Canada and Smart Grid Innovation Network Canada have entered into a collaborative agreement to share knowledge and create a climate of cooperation that initiates a new direction for both organizations to better serve the professional needs of the members, industry, and community. This agreement will increase collaboration to benefit industry in… Read More…

  • Government of Canada Launches New Intake Model for Zero-Emission Vehicles Infrastructure Funding

    Government of Canada Launches New Intake Model for Zero-Emission Vehicles Infrastructure Funding

    January 27, 2023 The Government of Canada is now accepting applications from not-for-profit organizations, public institutions and governments to locally deliver federal funding from the Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP). Applications will be accepted throughout 2023 and 2024. This is yet another step the government is taking to make electric vehicle (EV) charging more accessible for… Read More…

  • Southwire Casts First Copper Bar at New Plant

    Southwire Casts First Copper Bar at New Plant

    January 27, 2023 On Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, at 12:45 p.m. (EST), the first copper bar was cast at Southwire’s new, state-of-the-art Copper Rod Plant in Carrollton, Ga. This moment is a key milestone in the start-up of the largest and most sophisticated Southwire Continuous Rod (SCR®) system in the world. “It is truly an exciting day… Read More…

  • UL Solutions Addresses Rapid IoT and Wireless Device Market Growth with Expanded EMC Testing Capabilities

    UL Solutions Addresses Rapid IoT and Wireless Device Market Growth with Expanded EMC Testing Capabilities

    January 27, 2023 UL Solutions, a global leader in applied safety science, today announced plans to expand its electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing laboratories in Fremont, California, Basingstoke, United Kingdom (U.K.), and Taiwan to enhance capacity for wireless device EMC testing and certification. The U.K. and Fremont laboratories are equipped with the latest testing technologies to… Read More…