Edmonton councillors vote to cancel electric bike rebate program for next two years, use $100K to bring down tax levy

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The e-bike program was part of a larger $4.8-million rebate package estimated to reduce over 400,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. It includes larger funding amounts for energy-efficient commercial building upgrades and solar-panel roof installations.

Another component that could be on the chopping block is $300,000 allocated for electric-vehicle charging stations. Coun. Andrew Knack put forward a notice of motion to cancel this program in the final two years and return the funds to the tax levy. Under this program, residential owners can receive 50 per cent back on the cost of a charger, up to $600 for existing homes, and commercial owners can receive a rebate of $5,000 per charger, up to a maximum of five.

Meanwhile, council also voted Monday to advance four permanent, supportive housing developments by selling the city land to Homeward Trust for $1 each. The housing agency will then be tasked with operating the 150 units of housing. Coun. Mike Nickel was the only vote in opposition. Another housing initiative also got the go-ahead with council unanimously approving a grant program for converting problem properties into affordable housing.