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May 3, 2018

IESO announces enhancements to its Indigenous energy support programs

Summary of changes

 

As part of the Government of Ontario’s 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan, the IESO was directed to review and propose options to improve the ESPs for First Nations and Métis, with the objective of better aligning programs with community needs and interests. As many of you will know, the IESO undertook an extensive engagement over the past six months to gather feedback on the portfolio of programs. Many of you shared your experiences with us and we are grateful that you took the time to provide insights, critiques and ideas for improving the ESPs.

Today we are excited to launch the enhanced portfolio of Indigenous ESPs. Overall, the enhanced programs feature simplified guidelines and application processes, broadened program eligibility and increased flexibility. We’ve also updated the names of two of the programs, and we’re introducing a new program to support communities and organizations to hire a designated energy worker.

 

The enhanced Indigenous ESPs include:

Indigenous Community Energy Plan (ICEP) program

  • To support communities and organizations in developing and maintaining an updated energy plan

Community Energy Champion (CEC) program

  • To support communities and organizations to hire a designated energy worker

Education and Capacity Building (ECB) program

  • To support communities and organizations to build capacity and job-readiness skills

Indigenous Energy Projects (IEP) program

  • To support communities and organizations to assess and develop energy projects and partnerships

More information is available on our website at www.ieso.ca/funds. We look forward to your ongoing feedback as we continue to ensure the Indigenous ESPs are aligned with community needs and interests.

 

 

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