Funding Programs

The funding programs of the IESO promote broad equitable participation in Ontario’s energy sector by supporting community capacity building, including energy planning and renewable energy project development, as well as the building of energy knowledge and awareness, and skills related to energy projects. The programs aim to build this capacity to support community energy planning and projects.

Indigenous Energy Support Programs Redesign

On October 19, 2020, the IESO released updated program documents for all four Indigenous Energy Support Programs. These programs will be open for intake until 11:59 P.M. EST on November 13, 2020. Please see the program web pages for all program documents.

These revised programs were developed based on feedback the IESO received through engagement. For more details on the engagement process, please see the engagement web page.


Energy Support Programs Team continuing to work from home

Please note that the Energy Support Program team is continuing to work from home, however, we are 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 see our updated FAQs below.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.


Community Energy Champion (CEC) Program

The Community Energy Champion (CEC) Program provides funding support to First Nation and Métis communities and organizations to hire a designated community energy champion to help plan, implement and evaluate energy-related priorities.

Learn more about CEC.


Education and Capacity Building (ECB) Program

The Education and Capacity Building (ECB) Program funds projects that help build the understanding and skills needed for managing and energy consumption, developing energy projects and engaging with community members. This includes activities such as awareness campaigns, material and course development, and education workshops.

The Devi Mandir solar rooftop installation in Pickering from ECB 1
The Devi Mandir solar rooftop installation in Pickering from ECB 1

These projects help equip communities and organizations with knowledge and training, creating opportunities for them to participate in Ontario's energy sector, and have helped support a variety of energy-awareness initiatives across Ontario.

Find more about the ECB page.


Indigenous Community Energy Plan (ICEP) Program

The Indigenous Community Energy Plan (ICEP) Program provides funding to support First Nation and Métis communities and organizations to develop and maintain an updated community energy plan designed to enhance community energy security.

Find more on the ICEP page.


Indigenous Energy Projects (IEP) Program

The Indigenous Partnerships Program (IEP) provides funding support to First Nation and Métis communities and organizations to assess and develop energy projects and partnerships.

This program includes two streams:

The Projects and Partnerships Stream — supports First Nation and Métis communities and organizations by funding activities to assess and develop renewable energy projects and assess and develop partnerships for renewable energy and transmission projects.

Transmission lines near Slate Falls First Nation
Transmission lines near Slate Falls First Nation

IEP Innovation Stream — provides funding to support innovative approaches to renewable energy solutions for First Nation and Métis communities and organizations.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Find more on the IEP page.


COVID-19 FAQ

Will new program applications be accepted?

Program applications will be accepted until November 13, 2020.

My community/organization was recently approved for funding under an ESP program. How will the contracting period be impacted?

The ESP team will continue to receive and process any electronic documents relating to issued Funding Agreements. As the IESO’s offices are temporarily closed, all mailed or couriered Funding Agreements will not be received until further notice. As a result, it may take the IESO a bit longer than usual to countersign Funding Agreements.

Should you have concerns around meeting the criteria outlined in your Offer Letter, or wish to discuss the implications of delayed project activities, please reach out to your respective program leads.

I have an active ESP Funding Agreement with the IESO, but am unable to continue project activities at this time. How does this impact my Agreement, and what are my options?

In light of the current situation, the ESP team will review the timelines outlined in your Funding Agreement and provide further guidance to individual Recipients on a case by case basis. Please get in touch with your program lead by phone or email to discuss next steps.

My contract end date is approaching and I will not be able to submit final deliverables at this time. Will extensions be provided?

In light of the current situation, the ESP team will review the timelines outlined in your Funding Agreement and provide further guidance to individual Recipients on a case by case basis. Please get in touch with your program lead by phone or email to discuss next steps.

Where can I find IESO or ESP updates as the situation progresses?

Updates will be provided to all ESP Applicants and Recipients as they are available, through our website, email, and other IESO social media platforms.

Funds web page

Twitter: IESO_Tweets

LinkedIn: IESO

Facebook: IESO Indigenous Relations Community

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