Clean Energy Initiatives in Indigenous, rural and remote communities

Our mission is to improve access to funding and provide support for clean energy initiatives in Indigenous, rural and remote communities across Canada. We have recently been gifted a sacred name by Indigenous Grandmothers and Elders that represents the meaningful relationships that we strive to establish with our Indigenous partners. Learn more about Wah-ila-toos.

Transitioning to clean energy

Many Indigenous, rural and remote communities use diesel or fossil fuels for heat and power. Diesel is a well-known and reliable energy source, however, it can also impact communities and the environment.

The transition to clean energy continues to be important to Indigenous communities and the Government of Canada as we work together towards reconciliation.

An additional $300 million is available until 2027 for your clean energy projects. These projects can help advance Indigenous-led climate action, support local economic development and create skilled jobs while reducing pollution and improving air quality.

Changing how we work

To make funding more accessible for Indigenous communities, multiple departments are changing the way we work. We are committed to improving community access to federal clean energy funding and resources.

Meet you where you’re at

Remove barriers & increase access

Engagement & dialogue

Community-centred approach

Flexible timelines

Hands on support

Indigenous Council

The Council members were selected for their knowledge and leadership in supporting clean energy projects within communities.

Learn about the members and the roles of the Council.

Project funding

Wah-ila-toos supports the shift to clean energy in Indigenous, rural and remote areas that use fossil fuels for heat or power, including Northern and Arctic regions and industrial sites.

We prioritize Indigenous-owned or led projects, or projects with community partnerships, providing support for all project stages and a variety of technology types.

Types of projects we fund

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

  • Solar
  • Wind
  • Hydropower
  • Energy storage
  • Energy Efficiency (e.g. building retrofits, energy audits – undertaken as part of a renewable energy project or smaller-scale projects in the North)
  • Innovative technologies (e.g. grid modernization, ocean energy, hydrogen)

Capacity Building

  • Training, skills and curriculum development
  • Energy coordinators
  • Energy literacy
  • Energy planning
  • Workshops, events and engagement
  • Research and feasibility studies


  • Biomass heating, district heating, and combined heat and power systems
  • Biomass supply chains
  • Geothermal
  • Solar thermal

Who can apply?

Get in touch to apply for funding

Contact us to share more about your community’s vision, idea or project. Our program team is looking forward to hearing from you.

You can submit a contact form through the link below or request an application by email. You will hear back from us within 5 business days. If you are a representative of a First Nation, you can also contact your ISC regional office.

Submit a contact form

There is no deadline to apply. We review applications on an ongoing basis.

Funding is being delivered through the Indigenous Off-Diesel Initiative, by NRCan’s Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program (CERRC) and CIRNAC’s Northern Responsible Energy Approach for Community Heat and Energy program (Northern REACHE), in collaboration with Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), Infrastructure Canada (INFC), and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).

Additional funding

If you are looking for additional funding, please check out this list of federal Indigenous Climate Funding programs. If you have questions about funding options, our team is happy to speak with you directly. Email us at

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