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Education and Capacity Building Program

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.


Successful 2015 Education and Capacity Building Program 3.0 Funding Recipients Selected

The Education and Capacity Building (ECB) program will award a total of $830,943 through the 2015 Winter Call for Proposals.

Nine 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 to support initiatives focused on:

  • Preparing remote First Nation communities for connection to the IESO-controlled grid; and/or education to facilitate understanding of the requirements and regulatory processes to participate in a transmission project in Ontario.  

  • Identification and/or development of best practices or frameworks that one or more of the target audiences can use when approached with a potential energy-related opportunity or to encourage and support target audience(s) to participation in energy initiatives in Ontario.

  • Building capacity and developing the tangible skills of one or more internal staff or community members of a target audience

  • Unique or innovative ideas, approaches or delivery methods to provide education, capacity building and development of the skills of the target audiences in energy projects.

The following proponents have been offered a funding agreement:

  • Canadian Biogas Association
  • Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care
  • Chapleau Cree First Nation
  • Pembina Institute
  • Shibogama First Nations Council Technical Services
  • Toronto Atmospheric Fund
  • TREC Education
  • Trent University
  • Waaskiinaysay Ziibi Inc. Development Corporation

    
Please see Current Initiatives for a description of each initiative.

The IESO accepted proposals from November 9, 2015, to December 18, 2015. Proposals were evaluated based on the quality and detail of the work plan, budget and project team components, as well as the extent to which the proposed initiative addresses a gap or opportunity.

These funding agreements bring the total amount funded through the Education and Capacity Building Fund to approximately $2.2 million.        


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.


Contact Us

For ECB Program questions, call us 416-969-6317 or email ECB@ieso.ca.