About the ACEP

What is the Aboriginal Community Energy Plan?

The Aboriginal Community Energy Plan (ACEP) Program supports Indigenous communities in the development of comprehensive, long-term energy plans. 

A Community Energy Plan helps to improve energy efficiency and reduce electricity consumption at the community level. It also helps communities consider opportunities for renewable energy solutions, and can promote a greater interest, awareness and understanding about energy planning.

Funding is available:

  • for up to $90,000 to create a new community energy plan
  • for up to $25,000 to update an existing plan
  • for remote communities, an additional $5,000 for both streams.

Funding covers expenses directly related to the project that are considered reasonable necessary to complete the work, activities, and deliverables associated with the development or updating of a Community Energy Plan outlined in an approved proposal.

107 First Nation communities have participated in the process. 

The Aboriginal Community Energy Plan (ACEP) Program supports Indigenous communities in the development of comprehensive, long-term energy plans

Community Energy Plan Status

When can I apply?

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, with proposals reviewed at specific times throughout the year. See the steps in the process for what you can expect. 

Who is eligible?

First Nations and Métis communities in the province of Ontario can apply for funding. See the Program Rules for more details.


See some Frequently Asked Questions about the ACEP Program.

Contact ACEP

Indigenous communities needing more information or interested in making a submission should email ACEP@ieso.ca or call 416-969-6317.