ECB Overview

What is the Education and Capacity Building 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.

This program includes four areas of focus:

  • community capacity-building initiatives;
  • understanding the collection and effective use of community data;
  • skill building and project-readiness training; and
  • innovative projects and initiatives relating to the ECB Program objective.

IESO Indigenous Energy Support Programs update

Please note that effective March, 16, 2020, many IESO employees will primarily be working remotely until further notice. The IESO is implementing these temporary precautionary measures in response to COVID-19 to safeguard the health of its customers, employees, and vendors and to continue to fulfill its responsibility to ensure the reliable operation of the Ontario electricity grid.

During this time, the Energy Support Program team is committed to carrying on with general business operations. We will be available to receive communication via email and phone and will respond accordingly. Please note that response times may be longer than normal.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely, consult with local health authorities and provide updates as needed. For more information on the current status of the programs, please visit our updated FAQs.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Should you have any questions or concerns please reach out to your respective program leads by email as follows:

Aboriginal Community Energy Plan Program: acep@ieso.ca

Indigenous Community Energy Plan Program: icep@ieso.ca

Education and Capacity Building Program: ecb@ieso.ca

Community Energy Champion Program: cec@ieso.ca

Indigenous Energy Projects Program: iep@ieso.ca


The Peetabeck Academy in the Fort Albany First Nation, with a goose head decorating the main entrance. The community is a recent ECB program participant. The Peetabeck Academy in the Fort Albany First Nation, with a goose head decorating the main entrance. The community is a recent ECB program participant.

When Can I Apply?

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and reviewed at specific times throughout the year. See the application process for what you can expect. 

Who is eligible?

First Nation and Métis Communities and organizations in the province of Ontario can apply for funding. See the Program Guidelines for more details.

Non-indigenous entities working in partnership with, and for the benefit of, First Nation or Métis Communities or organizations (joint applicants only).

Contact ECB Staff

The ECB team is here to help you at any point along the way. Applicants needing more information or interested in making a submission should email ecb@ieso.ca or call 416-969-6317.