The City of Ottawa is launching a battery charger to be sold in the community by the end of the year.
The Ottawa Public Health Unit said it will begin to sell the chargers to the community through the City’s online marketplace starting April 1, and they will cost $60 per unit.
“We are working with our suppliers to offer the charger to community members for free, as well as charging stations,” said Andrea Gagnon, the health unit’s director of public health, in a release.
Gagnon said the chargering stations will be located at public parks, recreation centres, schools, libraries, health centres, and community health centres.
She said Ottawa’s public health unit has also partnered with local businesses to help them sell the batteries.
“With our new system, Ottawa is moving to a fully-fledged, public health-driven program,” Gagnons said.
The health unit also said it would be launching a website in the coming weeks with more details about the charges and the program.
It’s expected to have a limited run of about 2,000 units, said Gagnsons.