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Indigenous Off-diesel Initiative

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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