IEP Overview

What is the Indigenous Energy Projects Program?

The Indigenous Energy Projects (IEP) Program  provides support for supply-side solutions  that contribute to cleaner, more reliable and more affordable energy systems for First Nations and Métis communities and organizations.

This program includes three areas of focus:

  • the assessment and development of renewable energy projects;
  • the assessment and development of partnerships for renewable energy projects and transmission projects; and
  • innovative supply-side solutions relating to the IEP Program objective.

The IEP Program replaces the Energy Partnerships Program (EPP) as of May 1, 2018. Documents related to the new IEP Program can be found at Program Documents and Resources. For documents related to the EPP, please see EPP Documents Archive.


IESO Indigenous Energy Support Programs update

Please note that effective March, 16, 2020, many IESO employees will primarily be working remotely until further notice. The IESO is implementing these temporary precautionary measures in response to COVID-19 to safeguard the health of its customers, employees, and vendors and to continue to fulfill its responsibility to ensure the reliable operation of the Ontario electricity grid.

During this time, the Energy Support Program team is committed to carrying on with general business operations. We will be available to receive communication via email and phone and will respond accordingly. Please note that response times may be longer than normal.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely, consult with local health authorities and provide updates as needed. For more information on the current status of the programs, please visit our updated FAQs.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Should you have any questions or concerns please reach out to your respective program leads by email as follows:

Aboriginal Community Energy Plan Program:

Indigenous Community Energy Plan Program:

Education and Capacity Building Program:

Community Energy Champion Program:

Indigenous Energy Projects Program:


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When can I apply?

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed at specific times throughout the year.  See the application process for what you can expect.

Who is eligible?

First Nation and Métis communities and organizations in the province of Ontario can apply for funding. See the Program Guidelines for more details.

Funding is not provided to individuals. Joint applications for a shared single project may be submitted by two or more eligible applicants.

Retroactive funding may be available for eligible applicants. Please contact us for more information.

Contact IEP Staff

The IEP team is here to help you at any point along the way. Indigenous communities or organizations needing more information or interested in making a submission should email or call 416-969-6317.