Indigenous Communities in Ontario's Energy Sector

The IESO is proud of the positive relationships, built over many years between Indigenous communities and the IESO. The continuous commitment to these relationships has created the foundation for an effective ongoing dialogue.

As a result, many communities play an ongoing role in shaping Ontario’s energy activities. They have been enabled to take advantage of policies and programs that allow them to generate revenue and participate in the energy sector in a way that is consistent with their cultural and environmental values.

This includes:

  • conserving energy and better managing its use for their community
  • gaining the skills and knowledge needed to generate renewable energy where they live and work 
Pic River First Nation
Pic River First Nation (courtesy Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.)
  • enabling further business development from revenue and partnerships in clean energy projects
  • better understanding the kinds of opportunities available to them and their communities in the energy field.

  
Long term planning

Indigenous communities add a valuable perspective to the IESO’s long-term electricity planning in many regions throughout the province. First Nation communities are currently the majority shareholder in the ongoing planning and development work to connect a number of the remote communities to the provincial transmission grid.   
   

Funding

Current programs continue to support a variety of aims, including: 

These mutual investments of time, energy and capital are helping Ontario meet near- and long-term goals for a sustainable and reliable electricity supply and ensuring that Indigenous peoples are a part of the energy sector.

A 2016 long-term planning consultation at the roundhouse in Nigigoonsiminikaning First Nation A 2016 long-term planning consultation at the roundhouse in Nigigoonsiminikaning First Nation