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ECB Program - Frequently Asked Questions

​For inquiries about the ECB Program, please contact ECB program staff at 416-969-6317 or ECB@ieso.ca.

  1. Can we apply to the ECB Program for more than one initiative?
    A proponent may submit multiple proposals during the Call for Proposals. However, the proponent, as well as its project team, must ensure, and demonstrate, it has available capacity and resources to undertake all of the proposed initiatives, should all the proposals be selected for funding.
    Please note that the IESO has the discretion to ensure there is diversity among proponents, proponent types, initiatives, etc. in proposals selected for funding.

  2. Can I submit a Proposal for an initiative under a past ECB Category?
    Yes, Proponents who wish to submit Proposals for initiatives related to categories from previous versions of the ECB may do so under the Open Category of the ECB Winter 2015 Call for Proposals.

  3. Are travel and hospitality costs covered under the ECB Program?
    Yes, travel and hospitality costs that are reasonably necessary to carry out the initiative are eligible under the ECB Program. Successful proponents will be required to agree that all travel and hospitality costs incurred by the successful proponent and/or any third party engaged by the successful proponent will, at all times, be made in accordance with the Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Directive to which the IESO is subject. The Travel, Meals and Hospitality Expenses Directive is available at www.ontario.ca/government/travel-expense-rules-and-claims.

  4. How do I know if I must undertake a competitive procurement process?
    Where the provider of goods or services has been providing this type of service to the proponent prior to the date of the proposal, or where the total cost of external services being provided does not exceed $15,000.00 (fifteen thousand dollars), a competitive procurement is not required. Otherwise, proponents must carry out a bidding process compliant with any applicable procurement policy of the Proponent and at minimum complies with the requirements outlined under the definition of Competitive Procurement reflected in the Program Rules.

  5. Can the IESO provide me with a list of service providers to assist me?
    No, Proponents must source and select external service providers on their own.

  6. If I have received funding through a prior ECB Call for Proposals, am I eligible to apply to following ECB Calls?
    Yes, if you were funded through a prior ECB Call, you are still eligible to apply for funding under subsequent ECB Calls for Proposals provided the work being applied for is not duplicative of work already funded and you can demonstrate the capacity to undertake the initiative(s). 

  7. Does applying for funding under the ECB Program prohibit me from applying to other funding programs offered through the IESO?      
    No, provided the work being applied for under another IESO Program is not duplicative of the work being applied for under the ECB Program.

  8. How long do I have to complete my initiative?         
    A successful proponent must complete the initiative within 18 months of the date the Funding Agreement is executed.

  9. Can I submit a proposal after the submission date?      
    The proposal submission deadline for the Winter 2015 Call for Proposals is December 18, 2015, at 12 pm (noon) ET. Proposals submitted after this date will not be considered for funding.

  10. What initiatives have been funded under the ECB Program previously? 
    Please visit the Current Initiatives page to learn more about initiatives that have been funded under the ECB Program.