Clean energy in Indigenous, rural and remote communities

We are now accepting applications for the next cohort of Clean Energy Champions in the Indigenous Off-Diesel Initiative!

The deadline to submit applications is November 30, 2022

Apply today for the opportunity to access:

  • Up to $1,525,000 in funding for community clean energy training, planning, and projects
  • Participation in the 20/20 Catalysts program, run by the Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise (ICE SE)
  • Unique opportunities for collaboration, peer-to-peer learning, and expert mentors

To learn more, check out the Indigenous Off-Diesel Initiative webpage or contact us by email at

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.

Areas of focus

  • Indigenous, rural and remote areas that use fossil fuels for heat or power, including Northern and Arctic regions and industrial sites
  • Prioritize Indigenous-owned or led projects, or projects with community partnerships
  • Support for all project stages and a variety of technology types

Example project types

Renewable Energy Technologies

  • Solar
  • Wind
  • Hydropower
  • Energy storage
  • 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

Energy Efficiency

  • Building upgrades and retrofits
  • Measures like LED lights and efficient equipment
  • Emerging technologies
  • Energy audits


  • 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.

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.

Community-centred approach

Flexible timelines

Hands on support

Meet you where you’re at

Remove barriers & increase access

Engagement & dialogue

Funding is being delivered 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).

Looking forward

We will continue working together and listening to communities about how we can best meet community clean energy needs.

Building on reconciliation efforts, an Indigenous Council will be formed that will guide the programming and project approval process. This new approach is anticipated to be fully operational by the fall of 2022.

We will update this website with more information about how we are working together with Indigenous partners to improve program delivery and work towards Indigenous Climate Leadership.

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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