ECB Overview

What is the Education and Capacity Building Program?

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

These projects help equip communities and organizations with knowledge and training, creating opportunities for them participate in Ontario's energy sector.

The Peetabeck Academy in the Fort Albany First Nation, with a goose head decorating the main entrance. The community is a recent ECB program participant.

When Can I Apply?

ECB Program 4.0

Version 4.0 of the program includes a possible allocation of $100,000 per project across three categories:

  • Implementation of a Community Energy Plan
  • Skills and capacity development
  • Open category (to support unique or innovative ideas and approaches that provide education, build capacity and develop skills around energy projects)

The Version 4.0 Call for Proposals closed in December 2016. The IESO plans to begin offering contracts in Q1 2017 (*timing subject to change).


Who is the ECB for?

The program funds projects proposed by:

  • First Nation and Métis communities and organizations
  • co-ops
  • municipalities
  • public sector entities
  • registered charities
  • not-for-profit organizations.

The first four groups above are eligible to receive the funds from a successful proposal. See the steps in the process for what you can expect when you apply.  


Success Stories

ECB funding has helped more than 30 communities and organizations develop a wide range of initiatives, from solar electricity safety training for firefighters to workforce education programs in First Nation communities. See more stories on the ECB Current Initiatives page.

Contact ECB Staff

For ECB Program questions, call us 416-969-6317 or email