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First Nations Community Building Retrofit Program

Increased Incentives! Now receive up to $330,000 in funding to implement energy-efficiency projects in your community.

The Save on Energy First Nations Community Building Retrofit Program (FNCBRP) provides funding and technical support to on-reserve First Nation communities to undertake energy-efficiency projects. These projects are intended to help communities improve the energy efficiency of their band-owned commercial and institutional facilities, manage their electricity use more effectively, and save on energy costs.

What does the program offer?

The FNCBRP offers, at no cost to eligible participating communities:

  • Up to $330,000 in funding for the installation of energy-efficiency upgrades in on-reserve band-owned and operated commercial and institutional facilities.
  • On-site energy assessments and an audit report identifying energy-efficiency projects in up to 15 facilities chosen by the participant.
  • A community benchmark report to compare the energy use of these facilities with other similar facilities with the goal of prioritizing them for further assessment.
  • Project support from Save on Energy’s program delivery partner with identifying, engaging and coordinating installation contractors. 

This program is delivered through either a direct install or a community install approach to best suit community needs and preferences. More details on each approach is provided below.


  • All on-reserve First Nations communities in Ontario connected to the provincial electricity grid are eligible to participate.
  • Commercial and institutional facilities must be located on band-owned land and operated for the use and benefit of the community.
  • An executed Band Council Resolution is required.

The full list of eligibility criteria can be found in the program requirements.

Benefits of participating

Gain a better understanding of energy use and identify energy cost-savings for a variety of band-owned commercial and institutional facilities
Funding to cover the costs of implementing energy-efficiency projects
Creation of mentoring, training and employment opportunities for community members 

Apply today

Save on Energy is here to help you at any point along the way. To sign up, find out if your community is eligible, or to learn more about the program, contact us:

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