Programs and Resources for Indigenous Communities
There are several programs available to support energy efficiency projects in Indigenous communities across BC. The programs and offers on this page are for supporting multiple building retrofit and new construction projects coordinated at the community-level rather than for supporting individual household projects.
To implement these programs, CleanBC program partners (the Province, BC Hydro, and FortisBC) work directly with community representatives to coordinate delivery of the programs in Indigenous communities.
If you are an individual Indigenous household looking for support for home energy upgrades, please visit the main BetterHomes BC page’s rebate search tool. We encourage you to talk to your community’s/nation’s administration to ask if these programs could be delivered in your community and your household.
Indigenous Communities Conservation Program
Free energy-saving products and salary support as well as training opportunities and rebates for energy-efficient renovations in community members’ homes.
About the Program
The BC Hydro and FortisBC Indigenous Communities Conservation Program (ICCP) supports Indigenous communities looking to improve the energy efficiency and comfort in their community’s homes.
There are two program streams available to assist completing home upgrades:
- Stream 1 provides free energy-saving products (including LED light bulbs, high-efficiency showerheads and faucet aerators, and various draft-proofing measures), salary support and training for local community members in product installation and how to evaluate homes for other energy conservation opportunities that could be supported by Stream 2 of the program and/or other funding.
- Stream 2 provides communities with rebates for home efficiency upgrades including: insulation, ventilation, windows, doors, heat pumps, water heaters, natural gas furnaces and new appliances. Training for local contractors and building professionals in Best Practices for Air Sealing and Insulation Retrofits is also included with Stream 2.
The program is flexible; communities can participate in either one or both program streams depending on the renovations they will be completing.
For program details and how to apply, visit the Indigenous Community Conservation Program Page for more information on eligibility criteria, how to apply, and applicable deadlines. If you have questions about navigating the program, please reach out to the contacts listed below.
- Consider using a Program Registered Contractor
- Choosing the right contractor is the first step towards starting an energy retrofit. A Program Registered Contractor can help achieve your energy efficiency goals by ensuring your upgrades meet CleanBC program partners’ rebate requirements.
- Heat Pump, Furnace and Insulation Program Registered Contractors have completed additional training so that they can provide the best service possible. Working with a Program Registered Contractor means you are working with someone that is trained in industry best practices and is knowledgeable about the rebates available for your upgrades.
- You are not required to work with a Program Registered Contractor to participate in the Indigenous Communities Conservation Program. When hiring an installer for your energy efficiency upgrades and renovations, it’s a good practice to look for an installer’s certifications and credentials
- In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, program training has been adapted to a remote delivery format to reduce the potential for spread of the virus and to protect communities and their most vulnerable members. At such time as COVID-19 spread has been suppressed or beaten, in-person training will once again be offered as an option.
- Stream 1 of the ICCP includes two training modules:
- A one-hour project management module (for the community’s Project Lead) that covers program elements and documents, and tips and suggestions for successful implementation of the program and managing the work in the community.
- This module is delivered remotely by video-conference or phone with support of illustrative materials.
- A half-day home energy technician module for local community members that covers installation of the energy-saving products, and how to evaluate homes for other energy-saving opportunities that could be supported by ICCP Stream 2 rebates.
- This module is delivered remotely by video-conference with support of instructional video resources, demonstrations, and interactive discussion.
- Stream 2 of the ICCP provides training for Indigenous community housing staff and local contractors in Best Practices in Air Sealing and Insulation Retrofits.
- It is intended for communities undertaking building envelope / weatherization renovations with support from Stream 2 rebates.
- The 4-5 hour course consists of an on-line live webinar including demonstrations and instructional video resources, and interactive discussion with participants. The sessions can be recorded and made available to participants along with the workshop materials, if desired.
- The training consultant will also offer follow-up consultation and support with communities as needed.
- Note: the ICCP Stream 2 training requirement may be waived for local contractors that are enrolled in the Program Registered Contractor initiative through the CleanBC Better Homes and Home Renovation Rebate Programs.
Indigenous Community Energy Coach and Heat Pump Incentive
Support for Indigenous communities wanting to take advantage of the CleanBC Indigenous Community Heat Pump Incentive and related offers.
About the Program
The Indigenous Community Energy Coach provides a free resource to:
- Discuss funding opportunities available to support fuel-switching and energy efficiency projects, with a focus on the CleanBC Indigenous Community Heat Pump Incentive;
- Work together to identify, assess and prioritize potential space and water heating fuel-switching projects within Indigenous communities;
- Confirm CleanBC Indigenous Community Heat Pump Incentive eligibility;
- Assist with heat pump installation planning;
- Provide CleanBC funding program application support; and
- Identify additional incentives available for other retrofit upgrades.
For program details and how to apply, visit the main Indigenous Community Energy Coach Program Page for more information on eligibility criteria, how to apply, and applicable deadlines. If you have questions about navigating the program, please reach out to the contacts listed below.
|Residential (e.g., on-reserve housing)||Community Buildings (e.g., administration office)|
|A total maximum funding of $200,000 is available for each Indigenous Community program application, and intake is limited to one funding application per fiscal year.|
Program Contact Information
- Contact program support via e-mail at ICEC@betterhomesbc.ca
CleanBC Better Homes New Construction Program
Access rebates up to $15,000 for the construction of new, high-performance, electric homes. This program supports adopting the BC Energy Step Code and energy efficient, climate-friendly homes.
About the Program
The CleanBC Better Homes New Construction Program provides rebates up to $15,000 for the construction of new, high-performance, electric homes. Through the CleanBC plan, the Province is supporting the adoption of the BC Energy Step Code and making energy efficient, climate-friendly homes more affordable and accessible for British Columbians.
Access rebates through either the Energy Step Code pathway or the Heat pump pathway and access an All-Electric Bonus if there is no fossil fuel connection for the new home.
- Energy Step Code pathway: build a new home that meets a minimum BC Energy Step code level and uses electric space and water heating systems
- Heat pump pathway: build a new home that uses an electric heat pump for space heating or water heating, regardless of Energy Step Code level.
For program details and how to apply, visit the CleanBC Better Homes New Construction Program for more information on eligibility criteria, how to apply, and applicable deadlines. If you have questions about navigating the program, please reach out to the contacts listed below.
- The program is open to builders, developers and owner builders who are building a new home in B.C.
- Homes must be constructed in compliance with Part 9 of the BC Building Code and, where applicable, the municipally-adopted minimum BC Energy Step Code requirement.
- The new home must be located in BC Hydro or New Westminster Electrical Utility service territory.
FortisBC Indigenous Community New Home Program
Program to support the adoption of the BC Energy Step Code, advance higher efficiency new construction, and enable communities to enjoy more efficient, healthier homes.
About the Program
FortisBC’s Indigenous Community New Home program is designed to support the adoption of the BC Energy Step Code, advance higher efficiency new construction, and enable homeowners to enjoy lower energy bills and more comfortable, durable, and healthy homes. The FortisBC Indigenous Community New Home Step Code Rebates are available for homes with building permits after March 29, 2018.
- Option A – Build a home to BC Energy Step Code 2 or higher
- Option B – Build a home to BC Energy Step Code 1 and access select rebates.
- Projects pursuing Option A can also access FortisBC’s new Design Offer to offset the costs of engaging consultants.
For program details and how to apply, visit the FortisBC Indigenous Community New Home Program for more information on eligibility criteria, how to apply, and applicable deadlines. Indigenous Communities can receive rebates approximately 30% higher than FortisBC’s regular New Home Program. If you have questions about navigating the program, please reach out to the contacts listed below.
- If a home does not meet target metrics, rebates for the equivalent lower step can still be pursued.
Energy Conservation Assistance Program
Free energy evaluations and free installation of energy-saving products for income-qualified community members. Some homes may also qualify for energy efficient upgrades like insulation, a new fridge, and/or a new natural gas furnace.
About the Program
The BC Hydro & FortisBC Energy Conservation Assistance Program is available for income-qualified households and provides free energy-saving products, product installations and customized advice from a program Energy Coach to help you save on energy costs and improve the comfort of your home year-round.
Homes will receive free energy-saving LEDs bulbs, high efficiency showerheads and faucet aerators, weather-stripping, clothes rack or clothes line, and more. Some homes may also qualify for an ENERGY STAR® refrigerator, insulation in walls, attic, and/or crawlspace, and/or a high-efficiency gas furnace.
Important COVID-19 Notice
In response to COVID-19, BC Hydro and FortisBC have postponed all Energy Conservation Assistance Program (ECAP) in-home visits indefinitely. The program will continue accepting applications from customers; however, processing times may be delayed. Our top priority is our customers, employees, contractors, and members of the public’s safety.
If you have an upcoming home visit scheduled with one of the program contractors, It’s On Electric or Ecofitt, you will be contacted by them shortly by phone or email to provide you with information about future home visit appointments.
For questions about your initial home visit, please contact It’s On Electric directly at 1-855-560-3227. If you’ve qualified for insulation upgrades and/or a high-efficiency furnace replacement and have questions related to these product installations, contact Ecofitt at 1-833-455-9029.
For program details and how to apply, visit the Energy Conservation Assistance Program Page for more information on eligibility criteria, how to apply, and applicable deadlines. If you have questions about navigating the program, please reach out to the contacts listed below.
- Please note that the home visits provided as part of ECAP do not count as an EnerGuide home evaluation and cannot be used to access other rebate programs.
Program Contact Information
- General Inquiries: BC Hydro and FortisBC gas customers
- General Inquiries: FortisBC electric or municipal electric customers email@example.com or 1-866-844-8833 and select option 4.
- Applications: It’s On Electric Company (Approved ECAP contractor) firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-855-560-3227
Education and Capacity Building in Energy Conservation
Energy Efficiency Knowledge
Energy Efficiency in the Home
BC Hydro Customers:
- Visit powersmart.ca for energy efficiency tips and ways to save.
- Learn about how you can manage your BC Hydro account and track your energy use.
- Join Team Power Smart and reduce your usage by 10% in a year to earn a $50 reward.
- Get more tips, information on upcoming contests and deals each month by signing up for the Connected newsletter.
- Save energy with FortisBC.
- Learn about how you can manage your FortisBC account.
- For resources for saving energy in your home, visit: Saving Energy in Your Home or sign up for the Energy Moment newsletter.
- Earn rewards and create an energy-savings action plan with the My energy use feature in Account Online.
Links and Resources
First Nations Home Energy Save
- The Fraser Basin Council is working with First Nations communities and support organizations to reduce home energy use for both new construction and existing housing, share success stories, and build local capacity and skills. If you have questions about the program or an energy success story to share, they’d like to hear from you.
- The Fraser Basin Council is offering free training workshops as part of its First Nations Home Energy Save initiative. If you or your community is interested in hosting a workshop please email email@example.com.
- A new series of free Home Energy Management Training webinars will be delivered over six months, from Fall 2020 to early 2021. There are three program streams:
- Technical Series
- Energy Management Series
- Community Series.
This document is intended to help Indigenous Nations and local governments in British Columbia find appropriate funding to support energy planning, energy efficiency, and clean energy generation projects. This list provides summary information about each program/funding opportunity, including the program title, description, details on eligibility, funding available, funding organization, contact information, and website address.