Aboriginal Conservation Program

The application period for year 2 has now closed. Thank you to all who applied. Applicants will be notified in the coming weeks on the status of their application.


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 year of the program, 12 First Nation communities, including two remote communities, were selected to implement conservation measures to meet their energy needs.

Applying for the program
Sixteen communities will be selected to participate from the applications received for the program’s second year. The application period is now closed.

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.