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Indigenous Off-diesel Initiative

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Generating New Opportunities:
Indigenous Off-diesel Initiative

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Be a Clean Energy Champion for your Indigenous remote community

Lead and engage your community in the development and implementation of an ambitious clean energy plan to reduce diesel use in your remote community.

Natural Resources Canada, in collaboration with the Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise (ICE) and the Pembina Institute, is offering Indigenous energy champions a customized program to help your remote community enjoy a cleaner energy future. Let’s generate new opportunities together!

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Fight climate change

Set ambitious goals and develop clean energy solutions to help your community reduce diesel dependence and reduce pollution.

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Harness clean energy

Harness clean energy resources that work best for your community.

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Create community benefits

Create green jobs and training opportunities, improve air quality, increase energy security and more!

Lead the transition to clean energy

Local renewable energy — wind, solar, hydro, biomass — can replace diesel, reduce the environmental and health impacts of diesel use, and create local jobs and economic opportunities for your community.

Help your community move away from diesel and create a future in clean energy. Reducing reliance on diesel can benefit your community by:

  • increasing energy quality and reliability
  • reducing pollution and improving air quality
  • supporting energy independence
  • creating new jobs and learning opportunities
  • reducing risk of diesel spills
  • supporting community activities, housing and food security
Find out more about reducing diesel in Canada
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Initiative details

Application criteria

  • Open to individuals who reside in, or have strong and ongoing ties to, an Indigenous remote community that is currently reliant on diesel fuel for power and/or heat
  • To qualify as an Indigenous remote community, the community must (1) have a majority Indigenous population (2) not be connected to the North American electrical grid or the natural gas pipeline network (3) be a permanent settlement of at least five years with ten dwellings or more
  • Priority will be given to communities currently not receiving Federal/Provincial/Territorial funding for the construction of a community-scale clean energy project

Key dates

  • February 13, 2019: ‘Generating New Opportunities: Indigenous Off-diesel Initiative’ launch and call for applications
  • February 26, 2019: Webinar to answer questions about the program or application process
  • March 13, 2019: Webinar to answer questions about the program or application process
  • March 15, 2019: Deadline for submissions
  • April 1–August 29, 2019: Participate in phase 1 training program (20/20 Catalysts Program)
  • September 3, 2019: Deadline for submission of proposal to move into phase 2
  • October 1, 2019–February 26, 2021: Community energy planning
  • April 1, 2021–March 1, 2022: Project design and development
  • April 2022: Final feast and sharing of results


  • Each champion: receives $20K to get started
  • Each community: eligible to receive up to $ 1.3M to develop an ambitious diesel reduction plan for the community, establish partnerships and start implementing the plan
  • Leading participants: eligible for up to an additional $9M to support implementation/construction for two more years