The IESO is proud of the positive relationships, built over many years between Indigenous communities and the IESO. The continuous commitment to these relationships has created the foundation for an effective ongoing dialogue.
Indigenous communities are increasingly playing an active role in Ontario’s energy sector in the areas of conservation, energy efficiency, generation, and new major transmission projects.
The IESO offers a range of Indigenous funding programs to help make Ontario’s electricity system cleaner, greener, and smarter. 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 development, as well as the building of energy knowledge and awareness, and skills related to energy projects.
The Community Energy Champion (CEC) Program provides funding support to First Nation and Metis communities and organization to hire a designated community energy champion to help plan, implement, and evaluate energy-related priorities.
The Education and Capacity Building (ECB) Program provides funding to support awareness, education, skills, and capacity building initiative that help prepare First Nation and Metis communities and organizations to fully leverage energy opportunities and contribute to cleaner, more reliable, and more affordable energy systems.
The Indigenous Community Energy Plan (ICEP) Program provides funding to support First Nation and Metis communities and organizations to develop and maintain an updated community energy plan designed to enhance community energy security.
The Indigenous Energy Projects (IEP) Program provides funding support to First Nation and Metis communities and organizations to assess and develop energy projects and partnerships.