In addition to tools and technology, investing in human potential is an essential part of building a modern, flexible and dependable power system. The Education and Capacity Building Program creates opportunities for communities and organizations to participate in the energy sector by equipping them with knowledge and training.
The program funds initiatives proposed by First Nation and Métis communities and organizations, co-ops, municipalities, public sector entities, registered charities and not-for-profit organizations. Projects such as awareness campaigns, material and course development, workshops and education programs are helping to meet needs of communities and organizations while contributing to the ongoing development of Ontario's diverse resource capabilities.
Education and Capacity Building Program 3.0 – Proposal Submission Period now closed
The Winter 2015 Call for Proposals Submission period ended December 18, 2015 at 12:00 noon (ET). During the call, the ECB Program accepted funding proposals from First Nation and Métis communities and organizations, co-ops, municipalities, public sector entities, registered charities and not-for-profit organizations.
The target dollar amount available for the Winter 2015 Call for Proposals is $1,000,000, which will support initiatives in four main categories:
| 1. Supporting Transmission |
| 2. Building skills and developing capabilities of staff or community members.|
| 3. Development of Engagement Strategies |
| 4. An open category for unique and innovative initiatives that fill a gap in the sector.|
See the full descriptions of categories and funding targets, as well as the four proponent types,
ECB Program Rules.
Successful 2015 Education and Capacity Building Fund 2.0 Applicants Selected
The Education and Capacity Building (ECB) program will award a total of $599,311 to facilitate the
participation of Aboriginal communities, municipalities, public sector entities and renewable energy
co-operatives in Ontario’s renewable energy sector.
Eight proposals were selected to receive funding for education and capacity building initiatives that include workshops, conferences, e-learning tools, hands-on training and educational resources. Proposals were
evaluated based on the quality and detail of the work plan, budget and project team components of the
Proposal, as well as the extent to which the proposed Initiative addresses a gap or opportunity.
The following proponents have been offered a funding agreement:
- Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
- Algonquin College
- TREC Education
- Keewaytinook Okimakanak
- Ontario Waterpower Association (two proposals)
- QUEST and CAP
- Summerhill Impact
Proposal and Approval Process
All proponents are asked to read the
ECB Program Rules and Guidelines before applying.
All proposals will be reviewed for completeness and eligibility requirements. See the ECB Program Rules for full requirements. Proposals that are complete and eligible will be assessed by an independent review committee and scored based on a points system. The IESO will then conduct a three-step selection process:
Step I: Proposals will be categorized based on the four main categories listed above.
Step 2: Under each category, the single proposal with the highest score from each of the categories will be selected within the target funding allocation.
The Education and Capacity Building (ECB) program has supported a variety of initiatives across Ontario. See the participants and their project descriptions on the
Current Initiatives page.
Step 3: If there are any remaining funds within the total funding target under any of the categories following Step 2, proposals not selected under Step 2 will be ranked in order of point score. Proposals with the highest point scores that fit within the remaining target allocation may be selected for funding.
Successful Proponents will be notified and offered a Funding Agreement with the IESO. They will have 18 months to complete their initiative.
For ECB Program questions, call us 416-969-6317 or email ECB@ieso.ca.