Indigenous Resources

IESO Indigenous Energy Support Programs (ESPs):

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 within their community or organization to help plan, implement and evaluate energy-related priorities.

Indigenous Community Energy Planning (ICEP) Program

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

Education and Capacity Building (ECB) Program

The Education and Capacity Building (ECB) Program provides funding to support awareness, education, skills, and capacity building initiatives. The program helps prepare First Nation and Métis communities and organizations to take advantage of opportunities to contribute to cleaner, more reliable and more affordable energy systems.

Indigenous Energy Projects (IEP) Program

The Indigenous Energy Projects (IEP) Program provides support for supply-side solutions that contribute to cleaner, more reliable and more affordable energy systems for First Nations and Métis communities and organizations.

IESO’s Energy Efficiency & Conservation Initiatives

Save on Energy provides incentives and resources to make your energy-efficiency projects more affordable, allowing you to reap the rewards faster. When you save energy, you save money on your electricity bill and you make a lasting contribution to reducing long-term energy costs. Investments in energy efficiency can also make businesses more competitive and our homes more liveable.

The Home Assistance Program offers free energy-efficiency upgrades for income-eligible homeowners and tenants, and eligible social housing providers, as well as an in-home energy assessment to help uncover more ways to save.

The First Nations Conservation Program provides free energy-efficient upgrades to homes in participating communities to help save energy and make your home more comfortable.

The IESO currently has an active engagement underway to seek feedback on the development of energy efficiency programs for grid-connected communities. The engagement page provides details on how to participate in the process.

CEC Training

The IESO and Ontario First Nation Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) are hosting the “Building Community Capacity Through Energy Champions" webinar series, taking place online for 6 weeks from November 12th to December 16th, 2020. CECs will get the chance to learn about a number of energy-related topics from community energy planning, energy efficiency, asset management for energy infrastructure, renewable energy and climate impacts on energy planning.

IESO Engagements

The 2020 First Nations Energy Workshop, held on October 22nd, 2020, was an opportunity for the IESO, First Nation communities, organizations and other energy experts to connect on a number of different exciting new energy programs and initiatives launching this Fall 2020.