Indigenous Communities in Ontario’s Energy Sector

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.

As a result, many communities play an ongoing role in shaping Ontario’s energy activities. They have been enabled to take advantage of policies and programs that allow them to benefit and participate in the energy sector in a way that is consistent with their cultural and environmental values.

This includes:

  • Conserving energy and better managing its use for their community. Learn more about Save on Energy First Nations Energy Programs.
  • Gaining the skills and knowledge needed to generate renewable energy where they live and work.
Pic River First Nation
Pic River First Nation (courtesy Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.)
  • Enabling further business development from revenue and partnerships in clean energy projects.
  • Better understanding the kinds of opportunities available to them and their communities in the energy field.

Long-term Planning

Participating in energy projects can enable economic development and employment opportunities for Indigenous companies and communities. Over the next few years, a significant amount of generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure will be developed in order to meet the province’s growing need for electricity. By taking part in this work, Indigenous communities and organizations will have the opportunity to influence Ontario’s energy future. Learn more about the Long-Term RFP Community Engagement.

A 2016 long-term planning consultation at the roundhouse in Nigigoonsiminikaning First Nation

Long-term planning consultation at the roundhouse in Nigigoonsiminikaning First Nation.