Incentives Programs for Communities

These initiatives and programs undertaken by groups and individuals across Ontario are of vital importance to our economy and our environment.

Aboriginal Communities

Ontario Financing Authority (OFA)

Aboriginal Loan Guarantee Program

The $650 million Aboriginal Loan Guarantee Program supports Aboriginal participation in new renewable green energy infrastructure in Ontario including wind, solar and hydroelectric.

Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

Aboriginal Renewable Energy Fund

The IESO is pleased to release the revised Aboriginal Renewable Energy Fund (AREF) program. The AREF is available to Aboriginal Communities considering developing renewable projects over 10 kilowatts. Funding is available for communities applying to the FIT program and to assist with costs such as resource assessments, legal services, engineering designs, and regulatory approvals. Note: This program is no longer accepting applications.

Aboriginal Community Energy Plans

The IESO continues to support Aboriginal communities in developing energy plans through the Aboriginal Community Energy Plan (ACEP) Program. A community energy plan is a long-term plan to improve energy efficiency, reduce electricity consumption and assess opportunities for clean energy solutions.

Aboriginal Conservation Program

This program provides customized conservation services designed to help First Nation communities, including remote and northern communities, reduce their electricity use in residential housing, and in commercial and institutional buildings. Eligible businesses and facilities can receive assessments for their lighting and water-heating systems as part of the program, up to $1,500 in energy-efficient lighting and equipment upgrades, and access to further incentives. Note: This program is coming to an end on December 31, 2015.

Aboriginal Energy Partnerships Program

The IESO is developing a new renewable energy support program, the Energy Partnerships Program (EPP), to streamline existing program offerings while improving the ability of communities and organizations to develop renewable energy projects.The EPP will consolidate the Community Energy Partnerships Program (CEPP), the Municipal and Public Sector Energy Partnerships Program (MPSEPP), the Aboriginal Renewable Energy Fund (AREF), and the Aboriginal Transmission Fund (ATF) Programs, and will continue to support Aboriginal Communities, Co-operatives, Municipalities and Public Sector Entities in the participation of Ontario’s energy sector. The program is expected to launch in July 2015.

Aboriginal Transmission Fund

The Minister of Energy directed the IESO to improve and streamline its Support Programs including the Aboriginal Energy Partnerships Program (“AEPP”). The new Support Program, when launched, will provide funding to eligible Aboriginal communities for the due diligence work required to assess and develop opportunities for participation on future, planned and major transmission lines in Ontario, including the East West Tie Expansion Line, Transmission Line to Pickle Lake, Northwest Bulk Transmission Lines and Remote Community Connections. The new Support Program is anticipated to launch in 2015.

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

ecoENERGY for Aboriginal and Northern Communities Program 2011-2016

The ecoENERGY for Aboriginal and Northern Communities Program 2011-2016 (EANCP) is focused exclusively on providing funding support to Aboriginal and northern communities for clean energy projects. It is delivered by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) and is one of the suite of clean energy programs funded by the Government of Canada that address action on climate change. Note: This program is no longer accepting applications.

Community Groups

Community Power Fund

Community Energy Partnerships Program (CEPP)

The Community Energy Partnerships Program (CEPP) is a grant program to support community power in Ontario. We assist community power projects through funding support of up to $500,000. Funding opportunities for renewable energy education projects are also available to assist not-for-profit, charitable and co-operative organizations in Ontario. Note: This program is no longer accepting applications. This program will be rolled into the new Energy Partnerships Program in July 2015.

Environment Canada

EcoAction Community Funding Program

The EcoAction Community Fund offers grants to eligible not-for-profit organizations for projects that have measurable, positive impacts on the environment. Projects can focus on action, community capacity building, or a combination of objectives.

Federation of Canadian Municipalities

FCM Green Municipal Fund (GMF)

The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private-sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.

City of Toronto

Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF)

The City of Toronto established Toronto Atmospheric Fund to focus on reducing local greenhouse gas and air pollution emissions. TAF helps the City achieve the targets set out in the Council-approved climate plan and supports energy cost savings through energy efficiency. TAF has a strong interest in energy efficiency retrofits in buildings, electric vehicles for fleets, efficient transportation of goods, natural gas alternatives like geothermal, and social innovation to support emission reduction strategies.

Toronto Sustainable Energy Funds

The Toronto Sustainable Energy Funds consists of two programs: the Toronto Energy Conservation Fund and the Toronto Green Energy Fund. The funds provide zero and low-interest loans to finance energy conservation and renewable energy initiatives in Toronto for municipal buildings, academic, social service and health and not-for-profit organisations in Toronto.

Ontario Ministry of Energy

Municipal Energy Plan (MEP) Program

Ontario is supporting local energy planning through the Municipal Energy Plan (MEP) program which supports municipalities’ efforts to better understand their local energy needs, identify opportunities for energy efficiency and clean energy, and develop plans to meet their goals. The MEP Program provides successful applicants with funding for 50 per cent of eligible costs and up to a maximum of $90,000 to develop a municipal energy plan. The ministry is introducing a second funding stream for municipalities that have already developed a complete or partial Municipal Energy Plan, Climate Action Plan or other energy plan. Successful applicants to this stream will receive 50 per cent of eligible costs, up to a maximum of $25,000. Note: Applications can only be completed by municipalities, however, community groups can participate by working with municipalities to develop the plan.