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Indigenous Off-diesel Initiative

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Generating New Opportunities:
Indigenous Off-diesel Initiative

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Over three years, the Indigenous Off-diesel Initiative will support Clean Energy Champions and their communities with tailored clean energy training, access to expertise and financial resources to develop and start implementing an ambitious diesel reduction plan! There’s also $9 million available in follow-on funding to support an additional two years of implementation work in leading communities.

Watch this video to learn more about the impact we’re making together.

Together, we will:

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Fight climate change by supporting community-driven clean energy solutions to help reduce diesel use.

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Harness clean energy resources that work best for each community.

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

Awards

$20k

Lead the transition to clean energy!

Clean Energy Champions participate in 20/20 Catalysts program. All costs for participation are covered by the Initiative. Each Clean Energy Champion also receives an additional $20,000 to get started.

$1.3M

Electrify your network!

Each Clean Energy Champion and their Indigenous remote community are eligible to receive up to $ 1.3 million to develop ambitious diesel reduction goals and begin implementing a community-scale clean energy plan.

$9M

Generating New Opportunities! Final Awards Announcement

Up to an additional $9 million will be awarded to leading communities to support plan implementation over two more years.

Support 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 remote communities.

Reducing reliance on diesel can benefit communities by:

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