Aboriginal Conservation Program

Applications are now being accepted for the third year of the saveONenergy ABORIGINAL CONSERVATION PROGRAM.

This innovative program provides customized conservation services designed to help First Nation communities, including remote and northern communities, reduce their electricity use in residential housing, and in commercial and institutional buildings, like stores, schools and band offices. The program also creates employment opportunities, potentially providing up to 30 jobs in selected First Nation communities. Program managers, community coordinators, canvassers and energy auditors will be hired to deliver the program to participating communities.

In the first two years of the program, 29 First Nation communities, including five remote communities, were selected to implement conservation measures to meet their energy needs. See the list of participating communities.

The saveONenergy ABORIGINAL CONSERVATION PROGRAM will also provide Métis and urban Aboriginal peoples with support and information to more easily access province-wide conservation programs offered by local utilities. Four workshops are planned for 2015.  When confirmed, details will be available on the Event Calendar page.

Applying for the program
Up to 17 communities will be selected to participate from the applications received for the program’s third year. See more information on how to apply.

Residents in participating communities will have an opportunity to work with a certified energy auditor, who will recommend electricity-saving measures based on an assessment of their homes. These measures could include:

  • ENERGY STAR® CFL light bulbs
  • smart power bars
  • hot water tank wrap and pipe insulation
  • efficient showerheads and faucet aerators
  • block heater timers, programmable thermostats
  • attic, wall and/or basement insulation

Eligible businesses and facilities can receive assessments for their lighting and water-heating systems as part of the program, up to $1,500 in energy-efficient lighting and equipment upgrades, and gain access to further incentives.

First Nations Engineering Services Ltd. (FNESL) has been selected as the program manager for the ABORIGINAL CONSERVATION PROGRAM. FNESL will work with its subcontractor, The Abor Group Ltd., to deliver the program. The Abor Group Ltd. is also an Aboriginal-owned and operated company, specializing in energy assessments and conservation program implementation.

The Ontario Power Authority and the province remain firmly committed to the ABORIGINAL CONSERVATION PROGRAM and to developing options to support Aboriginal participation in renewable energy, transmission and other conservation opportunities.

Download the ACP Program brochure (147 KB pdf )

If you have any questions, please contact: aboriginalconservation@powerauthority.on.ca or call 1-855-445-0202.