About the ACEP

What is the Aboriginal Community Energy Plan?

The Aboriginal Community Energy Plan (ACEP) Program supports Indigenous communities in the development of comprehensive, long-term energy plans. 

A Community Energy Plan helps to improve energy efficiency and reduce electricity consumption at the community level. It also helps communities consider opportunities for renewable energy solutions, and can promote a greater interest, awareness and understanding about energy planning.

Funding is available:

  • for up to $90,000 to create a new community energy plan
  • for up to $25,000 to update an existing plan
  • for remote communities, an additional $5,000 for both streams.

Funds pays for costs directly related to the project that are considered reasonably necessary to complete the work, activities, and deliverables outlined in an approved proposal.

More than 95 communities have participated in the process. 

The Aboriginal Community Energy Plan (ACEP) Program supports Indigenous communities in the development of comprehensive, long-term energy plans

When can I apply?

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, with proposals reviewed at specific times throughout the year. See the steps in the process for what you can expect.

2017 ACEP Proposals

Interested applicants are reminded that the next ACEP proposal submission deadline is October 5 , 2017.  We anticipate holding a Review Committee Meeting between November 6  and November 10,  2017.


2017 Evaluation Schedule

Frequency  Proposal Cut Off Date (Proposals received after this date will be reviewed at the next Review Committee Meeting) Review Committee Meeting - Week of:
 Fall  October 5  November 6 -10

 Who is eligible?

First Nations and Métis communities in the province of Ontario can apply for funding. See the Program Rules for more details.


See some Frequently Asked Questions about the ACEP Program.

Contact ACEP

Indigenous communities needing more information or interested in making a submission should email ACEP@ieso.ca or call 416-969-6317.