Funding Programs

The funding programs of the IESO promote broad participation in Ontario’s energy sector by supporting community energy planning and renewable energy project development, as well as the building of energy knowledge and awareness, and skills related to energy projects.


Community Energy Champion (CEC) Program

The Community Energy Champion (CEC) Program provides funding support to First Nation and Métis communities and organizations to hire a designated community energy champion to help plan, implement and evaluate energy-related priorities.

Learn more about CEC.



Education and Capacity Building (ECB) Program

The Education and Capacity Building (ECB) Program funds projects that help build the understanding and skills needed for managing and generating energy. This includes activities such as awareness campaigns, material and course development, and education workshops.

The Devi Mandir solar rooftop installation in Pickering from ECB 1
The Devi Mandir solar rooftop installation in Pickering from ECB 1

These projects help equip communities and organizations with knowledge and training, creating opportunities for them to participate in Ontario's energy sector, and have helped support a variety of energy-awareness initiatives across Ontario.

Find more about the ECB page.


Indigenous Community Energy Plan (ICEP) Program

The Indigenous Community Energy Plan (ICEP) Program provides funding to support First Nation and Métis communities and organizations to develop and maintain an updated community energy plan designed to enhance community energy security.

Find more on the ICEP page.


Indigenous Energy Projects (IEP) Program

The Indigenous Partnerships Program (IEP) provides funding support to First Nation and Métis communities and organizations to assess and develop energy projects and partnerships.

This program includes two streams:

The Projects and Partnerships Stream — supports First Nation and Métis communities and organizations by funding activities to assess and develop renewable energy projects and assess and develop partnerships for renewable energy and transmission projects.

Transmission lines near Slate Falls First Nation
Transmission lines near Slate Falls First Nation

IEP Innovation Stream — provides funding to support innovative approaches to renewable energy solutions for First Nation and Métis communities and organizations.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Find more on the IEP page.