01/21/2016 11:50 EST | Updated 01/21/2017 00:12 EST

Financial jolt assists B.C. program training electric car technicians

VANCOUVER — British Columbia wants to expand the number of charging stations for electric vehicles and increase the use of the environmentally friendly cars.

Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett says the province will provide $50,000 to help certified electricians receive training in the installation and maintenance of charging stations for the cars.

A release from Bennett's ministry says the cash will be used to subsidize course fees with a Port Coquitlam-based training company.

The fees apply to the electrical vehicle infrastructure training program operated by E2Inc at locations throughout B.C. 

Red Seal certified electrical installers, inspectors and instructors are eligible for the added certification, which also includes details of B.C.'s Clean Energy Vehicle program.

It has been operating since 2011 and contains incentives for the purchase of an electric vehicle and the installation of charging stations required to keep the cars on the road.

The Canadian Press