Electric Mobility Strategy

The District of Saanich is developing an Electric Mobility Strategy to support a rapid transition to electric vehicles and e-bikes in Saanich.

The Draft Electric Mobility Strategy [PDF - 1 MB] is now available. This has been based upon extensive research on electric mobility, input from stakeholders and the public, and reflects what we heard about the proposed actions from our last round of public engagement in Spring 2020.

The Draft Electric Mobility Strategy contains background information about electric mobility that provides justification for the actions outlined in the Action Plan in Section 8 (page 45).

Thank you for your input!

Thank you for your input to the draft Electric Mobility Strategy. The survey is now closed. We will now be incorporating comments and feedback into the final strategy, which will be presented to Council for consideration later this fall

How is the Electric Mobility Strategy being developed?

The Electric Mobility Strategy is being developed in a 6-phase process, as shown in the graphic below.
Process for Electric Mobility Strategy Development

Phases 1-4 are now complete and we are reviewing feedback on the Draft Strategy from Phase 5 and moving into Phase 6.  

Community and stakeholder engagement

In the past two years, there has been considerable public and stakeholder engagement about electric vehicles and e-bikes in Saanich and the Greater Victoria region, including:

  • Engagement on electric vehicles and e-bikes as part of the Capital Region EV and E-Bike Infrastructure Planning Project;
  • Plugging the Gaps Event: a conversation about EV charging for people who live in condos and apartment buildings; 
  • Engagement with the development industry and other stakeholders as part of developing EV charging infrastructure requirements for new developments in Saanich; and
  • Three phases of engagement between May 2018 and September 2019 as part of updating Saanich’s Climate Plan. 

Together, these engagement activities have provided valuable information concerning the support of Saanich residents for electric vehicles and e-bikes and for climate action more generally, as well as the barriers and challenges to making the transition to EVs and e-bikes. This is summarized in:
Electric Mobility Engagement Summary [PDF - 186 KB]

In Phase 2 of developing the Electric Mobility Strategy, Saanich staff reviewed previous engagement findings, conducted research on best practices and the experiences of leading jurisdictions, and analyzed relevant data. Through this research and analysis, staff identified several proposed actions that the District of Saanich might take to support electric mobility in Saanich.

These proposed actions were the focus of Phase 3, in which the public and stakeholders were invited to review and provide feedback on the proposed actions.

Feedback from Phase 3 has been incorporated into the Draft Electric Mobility Strategy (Phase 4) that was sent out for final engagement (Phase 5). Feedback from Phase 5 is currently being reviewed and incorporated into the final plan (Phase 6).