Ontario has support programs to help co-operatives, municipalities, public sector entities and First Nations and Métis communities develop and own renewable energy facilities. These programs help create a greener Ontario by boosting local involvement in renewable energy projects, including wind, solar, bioenergy or hydroelectric ventures.
The support programs currently available are listed below.
Energy Partnerships Program (EPP)
The Energy Partnerships Program is currently being developed by the IESO and will be available to Aboriginal communities, community co-operatives, municipalities and public sector entities. The program will improve and consolidate the Aboriginal Renewable Energy Fund, the Community Energy Partnerships Program (CEPP), the Municipal and Public Sector Energy Partnerships Program (MPSEPP), and the Aboriginal Transmission Fund (ATF).
Aboriginal Community Energy Plan (ACEP)
The ACEP can assist communities to identify and act upon their local conservation and renewable energy development opportunities. More information on this program can be found at aboriginalenergy.ca/aboriginal-community-energy-plans.
Aboriginal Loan Guarantee
The Aboriginal Loan Guarantee Program, run by the Ontario Financing Authority, supports Aboriginal participation in new renewable green energy infrastructure such as wind, solar and hydroelectric. By participating in renewable energy projects, First Nation and Métis communities can benefit from jobs and training as projects are developed and from dividends once projects come into service. The program includes both energy generation and electricity transmission projects.
Please visit the Ontario Financing Authority for more information.