The incentives were granted through a public selection process. The $6 million awarded is part of a $104.5 million program announced in May 2012 to assist qualifying heavy-duty fleet operators to purchase NGVs. The $104.5 million will help offset the cost of switching fleets to natural gas, fund training and upgrades to facilities to safely maintain natural gas vehicles, and to build CNG or LNG fueling stations.
A total of approximately $6 million for CNG vehicles was awarded to the following fleet operators: BC Transit ($937,500), BFI Canada ($937,958), City of Vancouver ($1,854,600), Cold Star Freight System Inc. ($450,997), Emterra Environmental ($745,500), School District No. 23 ($67,893), and Smithrite Disposal Ltd. ($953,775).