Energy Efficiency Opportunities for Grid-Connected First Nation Communities

On September 30, 2020, the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines directed the IESO to deliver a new suite of energy efficiency programs in 2021-2024. A portion of the funding is dedicated to programs supporting on-reserve First Nation communities in implementing energy efficiency projects. The directive in its entirety can be accessed through the IESO’s Ministerial Directives web page.

The IESO is seeking feedback from communities to help inform the design of future energy efficiency programs for First Nation communities in Ontario, specifically to identify new energy efficiency opportunities for commercial and institutional buildings in First Nation communities.

The IESO will conduct a survey to begin the engagement, and then will host a virtual meeting to formally launch the engagement and solicit feedback from communities on commercial and institutional opportunities and areas of interest. Following that first meeting, the IESO will host a second meeting to address the opportunities and areas of interest identified in the first engagement, and to seek feedback from communities on the design proposal. All comments and enquiries on this engagement can be directed to

Schedule of Activities


Engagement Activity

Webinar Registration and Recordings

Q2 2021

Final programs presented


December 11, 2020


IESO is seeking feedback from participants on the program design elements discussed at the Nov 20th webinar.

IESO Response to Feedback


November 20, 2020

In this meeting, the IESO will present the draft program design and seek feedback from communities on program design elements. This will build on the discussion in the October 22 webinar and the findings from the Energy Efficiency Opportunities for Grid-Connected First Nation communities survey.

Recorded Presentation


This webinar was presented during the IESO's November stakeholder engagement sessions, see  full agenda for more information.


Registration List

October 22

Public webinar at the 2020 First Nations Energy Workshop to discuss and seek input from attendees on the design of First Nation energy efficiency programs

Recorded Presentation

October 8

Survey: Energy Efficiency Opportunities for Grid-Connected First Nation communities

The survey can be accessed here.

Please complete the survey by October 29, 2020.