CEC Overview

What is the Community Energy Champion 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 within their community or organization to help plan, implement and evaluate energy-related priorities.

On October 19, 2020, the IESO released updated program documents for all four Indigenous Energy Support Programs, including CEC. These programs will be open for intake until 11:59 p.m. EST on November 13, 2020 for review in December 2020.

These revised programs were developed based on feedback the IESO received through engagement. For more details on the engagement process, please see the engagement web page.

Energy Support Programs team continuing to work from home

Please note that the Energy Support Program team is continuing to work from home, however, we are 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.

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When can I apply?

For consideration in the next review cycle, applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on November 13, 2020. 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.

Funding is not provided to individuals. Joint applications for a shared single project may be submitted by two or more eligible applicants.

Contact CEC Staff

The CEC team is here to help you at any point along the way. Indigenous communities and organizations needing more information or interested in making a submission should email cec@ieso.ca or call 416-969-6317.