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Concept
Year 1, Months 1-3
Pre-feasibility
Year 1, Months 1-6
Feasibility
Year 1, Months 1-12
Design and Development
Years 1-3, 1-2 Years 
Permitting and Approval
Years 1-3, 1-2 Years
Construction
Years 3-5, 1-3 Years
Operating and Maintenance
Year 5 - onwards
Aboriginal Community Energy Plans

Name

Independent Electricity System Operator

Program

Aboriginal Community Energy Plans

Overview

The ACEP program will support Aboriginal participation in Ontario’s energy sector by providing up to $90,000 in funding to First Nation or Métis communities for local energy planning activities, with remote communities being eligible for an additional $5,000. Through this program, the province is encouraging the development of energy plans that identify the unique needs and interests of each First Nation and Métis community.

Funded Activities

The submission date for Proposals for the next round of ACEP has been extended to March 4, June 3 and October 7, 2016.   

Eligibility

The revised ACEP program is an annual proposal-based program that assists First Nations and Metis Communities in developing an commuity energy plan or to update an existing community energy plan. A community energy plan is a comprehensive long-term plan to improve energy efficiency, reduce electricity consumption and assess opportunities for green energy solutions. The ACEP program supports First Nation and Metis Communties in determining local interests, prioritizing unique needs and opportunities in electricity conservation and clean small-scale generation.

Contact

Email ACEP@ieso.ca or call 416-969-6317

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://www.aboriginalenergy.ca/aboriginal-community-energy-plans

Aboriginal Conservation Program

Name

Independent Electricity System Operator

Program

Aboriginal Conservation Program

Overview

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.

Funded Activities

Applications are now being accepted for the third year of saveONEnergy Aboriginal Conservation Program. The saveONenergy Aboriginal Conservation Program is coming to an end on Decebmer 31, 2015. 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.

Eligibility

To participate in the program, First Nation communities must complete the application process. All Ontario First Nation communities are invited to apply.

Contact

1-888-445-0202 aboriginalconservation@ieso.ca

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://aboriginalenergy.ca/aboriginal-conservation-program

Green Municipal Fund

Name

Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Program

Green Municipal Fund

Overview

Federation of Canadian Municipalities $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private-sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection. Funding available is as follows: $45 million in loans and $5 million in grants for capital projects in the energy, transportation, waste, water sectors a minimum of $20 million in loans for capital projects in the brownfields sector $6 million in grants for plans, feasibility studies and field tests.

Funded Activities

Sustainable community plans, including integrated sustainable community plans, as well as greenhouse gas reduction plans, sustainable neighborhood plans, and community brownfield action plans, feasibility studies and field tests that focus on virtually any subject in the brownfields, energy, transportation, waste and water sectors capital projects in the brownfields, energy, transportation, waste and water sectors.

Eligibility

First Nations (if documents, including a copy of the relevant statute and agreement with the various orders of government, that demonstrate that the province or territory has passed an act or a regulation that affords the status of municipality, and that the First Nations are a legal entity capable of entering into contracts is provided to FCM).

Contact

613-907-6208

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://www.fcm.ca/home/programs/green-municipal-fund/about-the-program.htm

Industrial Tax Incentive

Name

Natural Resources Canada

Program

Industrial Tax Incentives for Industry Class 43.1, 43.2 and CRCE

Overview

Under Classes 43.1 and 43.2 in the Income Tax Regulations, certain capital expenditures on systems that produce heat and/or electric power efficiently from fossil fuels or from alternative renewable energy sources are eligible for accelerated capital cost write-offs, at 30 and 50 percent CRCE includes certain intangible costs such as feasibility studies and pre-construction development expenses associated with renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Funded Activities

A variety of renewable energy production assets are included in Class 43.1 and 43.2, including:

  • co-generation and specified waste-fuelled electrical and heat generation systems;
  • wind turbines;
  • electrical generating equipment that uses only geothermal energy;
  • small hydroelectric facilities;
  • stationary fuel cells;
  • photovoltaics and "active" solar equipment used to heat a liquid or gas;
  • equipment powered by certain waste fuels (e.g. wood waste, municipal waste, biogas from a sewage treatment facility);
  • equipment that recovers biogas from a landfill; and
  • equipment used to convert biomass into bio-oil.
  • electric vehicle charging stations and electrical energy storage equipment

Eligibility

To qualify as CRCE, expenses must be incurred for a project for which it is reasonable to expect at least 50 percent of the capital costs incurred would be the capital costs of equipment described in Class 43.1 or 43.2.

Contact

Tel.: 613-996-0890

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/industrial/financial-assistance/1965

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund

Name

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

Program

NOHFC - Northern Energy Program The "Northern Energy Program" will provide funding assistance to organizations and businesses deemed eligible for one of its two sub-programs.

Funded Activities

Renewable Energy Planning

The maximum contribution by the NOHFC to any one alternative planning project will generally not exceed 50 per cent of eligible project costs up to a maximum of $100,000. Assistance may be provided for engineering and design costs and environmental studies required to undertake the project development.

Not Funded

  • Operating costs for capital projects
  • Maintenance costs
  • Renewable energy planning projects without community partnerships
  • Feasibility and resource studies
  • Feed-in-Tariff and Micro Feed-in-Tariff projects
  • Rolling stock (e.g.: motor vehicles, boats, planes, etc.)
  • Infrastructure costs for water, sewer, roads, parking lots and landscaping
  • Costs for the construction of new “energy efficient” buildings
  • Projects for buildings associated with residential use
  • Joint projects
  • Heat recovery ventilators
  • Commercial and retail buildings
  • Public buildings that do not provide broad public use/benefits
  • Federal and Provincial infrastructure and buildings such as schools, medical centers and offices (excluding post secondary institutions)
  • Conservation related projects

Application Approval

Application Approvals are approximately 4 months for both programs.

Notes

Applicants requesting joint funding from the Northern Energy Program and any other NOHFC program are not eligible for assistance from both programs; applicants are required to identify which program they wish to apply to.

Eligibility

Renewable Energy Planning

Businesses and not-for-profit organizations involved in the energy sector that intend to create renewable energy projects are eligible. Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have the capacity to bring the capital project to fruition by having a Feed-in-Tariff offer, and an established partnership with a municipality and/or First Nation to undertake the project. NOHFC will consider only one project from an applicant at any one time.

The Renewable Energy Planning portion of the Northern Energy Program requires that a eligible project have an offer of a FIT contract at the time of application.

However the NOHFC has also considered projects that meet all other program criteria but have a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) where a FIT contract is not possible (off-grid locations).

This PPA would need to be similar to a FIT contract in that it would provide a sufficient source of long-term revenue to make the project financially viable.

Contact

Toll free: 1-800-461-8329

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://nohfc.ca/en/programs

ecoENERGY for Aboriginal and Northern Communities Program

Name

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Program

ecoENERGY for Aboriginal and Northern Communities Program

Overview

The program is focused exclusively on providing funding support to Aboriginal and northern communities for clean energy projects. The program provides funding support for the planning stages of renewable energy projects (Stream A projects: up to $250,000 is available) and for the design and implementation of renewable energy projects integrated with community buildings (Stream B projects: up to $100, 000 is available).

Funded Activities

Depending on the type of project (Stream A or Stream B) costs eligible for funding support include: project development, feasibility and planning studies, environmental studies, financial and project management, development of equity partnerships and power purchase agreements, purchase and installation of equipment / components, etc.

Application Approval

Project review times and approvals vary but can be around 2 to 3 months from time of receipt of a complete application. This program will still fund projects while the FIT program is under review. Communities should apply in the early phases of a project as funding is available for early stage planning activities.

Eligibility

Eligible recipients of ecoENERGY funding are: Aboriginal and northern Communities; Band Councils; Tribal Councils; National Aboriginal organizations and other Aboriginal organizations, including professional organizations; Aboriginal community groups (volunteer groups, community associations and institutions); and Territorial governments and northern organizations.

Contact

ecoENERGY team at ecoENERGIE-ecoENERGY@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100034258

Aboriginal Renewable Energy Fund

Name

Independent Electricty System Operator

Program

Aboriginal Renewable Energy Fund

Overview

The Aboriginal Renewable Energy Fund (AREF) is designed to provide funding for First Nations and Métis communities to develop renewable energy generation facilities. The program assists qualifying Aboriginal communities in paying for a portion of the project costs associated with developing a renewable energy project. These costs include environmental studies, resource assessments, business plans, engineering designs and legal costs associated with partnership development. Aboriginal communities can receive up to a maximum of $500,000 per project.

Funded Activities

Assistance of up to $500,000 is available per project. New program rules will be available upon the re-launch of the program. 

Eligibility

The AREF Program is available to Aboriginal communities in Ontario who meet one of the following criteria:

  • a First Nation that is a “band” as defined by the Indian Act (Canada)
  • the Métis Nation of Ontario or any of its active Chartered Community Councils
  • a Person, other than a natural person, that is determined by the Government of Ontario for the purposes of the FIT Program to represent the collective interests of a community that is comprised of Aboriginal individuals

Project must be 10 kilowatts or greater is size. Project must be considered a renewable technology under the FIT program. (ie. wind, solar, bio-energy and waterpower). Project must be located in the province of Ontario and intends to connect to the provincial grid.

Contact

1 416-969-6317 or 1-888-471-2377 AREF@powerauthority.on.ca

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://www.aboriginalenergy.ca/aboriginal-community-energy-plans

PPP Canada

Name

PPP Canada

Program

P3 Canada Fund

Overview

PPP Canada works with provincial, territorial, municipal, First Nations, federal and private partners to support greater adoption of public-private partnerships in infrastructure procurement through a $1.2 billion P3 Canada Fund.

Funded Activities

Green Energy Infrastructure

  • Reinforcement, expansion of existing and construction of new transmission grids to transmit clean electricity
  • Hydrogen infrastructure (generation, distribution and storage)
  • Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (centralized refuelling stations)
  • Biofuels distribution/storage infrastructure
  • Thermal heat/cooling delivery system (i.e. district energy systems) using renewable or combined heat/power (CHP) plants
  • Clean coal facilities
  • Renewable Electricity Generation facilities for municipal consumption (e.g., wind energy, solar energy)
  • Municipal building energy retrofits

Application Approval

Approval times vary from 6 months to a year.

Projects should come into the program when there is a feasibility study completed or near completion and the EA has been started.

Eligibility

  • A province, territory, or a municipal or regional government established by or under provincial or territorial statute,
  • A public sector body that is established by or under provincial or territorial statute or by regulation or is wholly owned by a province, territory or municipality (e.g., provincial public universities, municipal airports, etc.),
  • On-reserve and on-Crown land First Nations, and
  • A private sector body, including not-for-profit organizations, whose application has been sponsored and submitted by a provincial, territorial, municipal or regional government, or First Nations referred to above."

Contact

info@p3canada.ca 1-877-947-9480

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://www.p3canada.ca/en/apply-for-funding/

Aboriginal Loan Guarantee

Name

Ontario Financing Authority

Program

Aboriginal Loan Guarantee Program

Overview

The $650 million Aboriginal Loan Guarantee Program supports Aboriginal participation in renewable green energy infrastructure in Ontario including wind, solar and hydroelectric generation projects. The program includes both energy generation and electricity transmission projects.

The program was announced in the 2009 Ontario budget and provides a Provincial guarantee for a loan to an Aboriginal corporation to purchase

Additional Support for the Aboriginal Loan Guarantee Program

Funded Activities

The program will provide a guarantee for a loan to purchase up to 75 per cent of an Aboriginal corporation's equity in an eligible project, up to a maximum of $50 milliom per project.

Application Approval

Length of review and approval process varies. In case of projects with feed-in tariff contracts, Applicants are recommended to apply as soon as the contract is issued.

Eligibility

To be eligible under the program projects will be required to have:

  • Experienced proponents and project partners or contractors with track records in construction and operation.
  • An agreement in place to purchase energy in the case of generation projects or regulatory approvals in the case of transmission projects.
  • Financial plan submitted by the applicant that is satisfactory to the Province.
  • Loan agreement for the guaranteed loan with a lender financial institution satisfactory to the Province and ancillary documents, on terms and conditions that are satisfactory to the Province.
  • Confirmation of support of the Aboriginal community for the project and the loan guarantee (for example, a Band Council Resolution).
  • Security pledged in support of the guaranteed loan, satisfactory to the Province.
  • Satisfactory review of terms and conditions of senior project financing by the Province.
  • Satisfactory review of the financial status of the applicant and any project partners by the Province.
  • Project agreements in place for supply, construction, management, operation and connection, and corporate structure satisfactory to the Province, including partnership or joint venture agreements.

Contact

algp@ofina.on.ca Sandy Roberts, Director of the Strategic Project Finance Branch, at 416-325-1557

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

https://www.ofina.on.ca/algp/program/overview.htm

Cape Fund

Name

Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship

Program

Cape Fund

Overview

CAPE Fund intends to invest in diverse industries and regions, always with a view to fulfilling its mission of promoting entrepreneurial values among Aboriginal people through the funding and development of successful businesses located on or off reserve, where such projects can serve as fundamental examples of the benefits of entrepreneurial activities. The Fund will partner in businesses by providing equity and quasi equity investment in varying amounts in the range of $1,000,000 to $7,500,000 (with most investments expected to be in the $3,000,000 to $5,000,000 range). These investments may be "one time" or "staged".

Funded Activities

This fund looks at investing in waterpower projects but has a fixed life of 10 years so it needs to invest, build and exit from investments within a 7 year period. It does not fund feasibility or pre-feasibility studies or pre-construction development costs. If an equity investment is required to commence/complete construction, it can provide $1.0 million to $7.5 million per project. This fund is limited to investing in projects from 10-30 megawatts.

Eligibility

The Fund intends to focus on projects which are linked, either through ownership, employment or geographic proximity, to an Aboriginal group or community. CAPE Fund will only invest in Portfolio Companies that the Investment Committee determines possess the following strengths or features:

  • Long term economic sustainability (or the reasonable promise thereof) must be present
  • Clear and defined market opportunity
  • An articulate, realistic and complete business plan (see guide under "Useful Links")
  • Ability to provide CAPE Fund with an appropriate return on its investment
  • Potential to sell ownership and transfer management to Aboriginal entrepreneurs or communities within a reasonable period of time and could provide a platform for Aboriginal management training

Contact

Peter Forton Managing Director 514.982.3905 pforton@capefund.ca

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://capefund.ca/en/investment-strategy.html

Feed-in Tariff

Name

Independent Electricty System Operator

Program

Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program

Overview

The Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Program was developed to encourage and promote greater use of renewable energy sources including on-shore wind, waterpower, renewable biomass, biogas, landfill gas and solar photovoltaic (PV) for electricity generating projects in Ontario. The fundamental objective of the FIT Program, in conjunction with the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009 (Ontario) and Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan, 2013, is to facilitate the increased development of renewable generating facilities of varying technologies using a standardized, open and fair process.

The FIT Program is open to projects with a rated electricity generating capacity greater than 10 kilowatts (kW) and generally up to 500 kW. If you are interested in pursuing a project of 10 kW or less (e.g., a residential rooftop solar PV installation), your project may qualify under the IESO’s microFIT Program for small renewable energy projects and you should refer to the microFIT website for further information. If you are interested in a project larger than 500 kW, the IESO has a new competitive procurement process for renewable projects of this size. For further information please refer to the Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) web page.

Application Approval

Details and timing will be posted once finalized.

Eligibility

The FIT Program is designed for projects over 10KW. Waterpower projects must not be greater than 50MW per project. Incremental projects (additions to existing facilities) are eligible, provided they use the same meter as the existing facility. However, only the generation attributed to the incremental project will be eligible for FIT program payments. To qualify as an incremental project, you must meet these three additional eligibility requirments:

 

  • Use one of the following renewable fuels (Biogas, renewable biomass, landfill gas, solar, waterpower, wind)
  • Be considered a Small FIT Facility
  • Not have been the subject of a contract relating to the generation of electricity (unless the contract was terminated more than 12 months prior to the date of application)
  • Not comprise an Incremental Project
  • Not comprise a Behind-the-Meter Project
  • Receive at least one Priority Point
  • Not be the subject of a second Application for the same project that was previously submitted during the same Application Period unless the first Application has been withdrawn
  • Directly connect to the Distribution System. Projects are no longer permitted to connect directly to the Transmission System
  • Not have received a Connection Impact Assessment (CIA) prior to submitting an application.  A Project also cannot have received a CIA after its Application is submitted and before the contract is executed
  • Not be located more than 50 km from its proposed connection point (other than hydro)
  •  Comply with the requirements relating to multiple projects the same Deemed Single Property, which generally means Projects developed by the same Applicant or Applicant Related Person on the same property or properties that abut each other
  • Have Access Rights to the Site in which the Project will be located. In general, this includes the Applicant holding title, an option that provides contractual rights to acquire title, a lease, or an option or agreement to lease that provides the Applicant the contractual right to build, operate and maintain the Project and the Facility

Contact

FIT@ieso.ca OPA Toll-free: 1-888-387-3403

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://fit.powerauthority.on.ca/fit-program

Aboriginal Price Adder

Name

Independent Electricity System Operator 

Program

FIT Program Aboriginal Price Adder

Overview

The Aboriginal Price Adder, as described in the Price Schedule, is applicable to Facilities that have an Aboriginal Participation Level of greater than or equal to 15%, with the following conditions:
  • A different Aboriginal Price Adder applies to Facilities with 15%-50% and greater than 50% Aboriginal Participation Level.
  • A Facility must be an Aboriginal Participation Project as of the Commercial Operation Date, confirmed in an Aboriginal Participation Project Declaration

Funded Activities

Aboriginal Price Adder means the amount in ¢/kWh paid to Aboriginal Participation Projects and is calculated as the Maximum Aboriginal Price Adder multiplied by the Aboriginal Participation Level multiplied by two, but such amount shall not in any case exceed the Maximum Aboriginal Price Adder.

Eligibility

The percentage of the maximum Aboriginal price adder or maximum community price adder added to the FIT contract is based on the Aboriginal or community participation level as defined in the FIT rules.

Contact

FIT@ieso.ca OPA Toll-free: 1-888-387-3403

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://fit.powerauthority.on.ca/contract-management/Aboriginal-participation-projects-v2

Renewable Energy Program MicroFIT

Name

Independent Electricty System Operator 

Program

Renewable Energy Program MicroFit

Overview

The MicroFit program provides opportunity to develop a small or "micro" renewable electricity generation project (10 kilowatts (kW) or less in size) on their property. Under this program, you will be paid a guaranteed price over a 20-year term (40 years for waterpower projects) for all the electricity produced and deliver to the province's electricity grid. 

Funded Activities

Get paid for the power you produce, with prices that are designed to cover the costs of a typical project. Allow you to earn a reasonable rate of return on your investment over the term of the contract.

Eligibility

  • Farmers, Aboriginal communities, Renewable energy co-operatives.
  • Local distribution companies, Municipalities, Universities and Colleges.
  • Schools, hospitals and be a renewable energy facility that uses solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, waterpower and bioenergy (biogas, biomass, landfill gas) be 10 kW or less in size and located in Ontario.
  • Use one of the following renewable fuels (Biogas, renewable biomass, landfill gas, solar, waterpower, wind)
  • Be located in Ontario.
  • Not have an existing IESO or Ontario Power Authority contract.
  • Not have a Nameplate Capacity that is greater than 10 kW. A maximum Nameplate Capacity of 10 kW of the same Renewable Fuel type can be developed on any one property. Note that this limitation applies to a “Deemed Single Property” (defined in the microFIT Rules), which generally means that projects developed by the same person using the same fuel totalling more than 10 kW may not be located on properties that are right next to each other
  • Be connected, directly or indirectly, to the IESO-controlled grid through your local distribution company’s (LDC) distribution system. For more information on acceptable connection configurations, please refer to the microFIT Rules.
  • Have a separate meter, as specified by your LDC, suitable for data collection and payment calculation. All microFIT Projects require a separate generation meter so that the amount of electricity produced by the Project can be accurately measured.
  • Have an eligible participant as the Applicant. The IESO has developed an Eligible Participant Schedule to identify who is able to submit an Application to the microFIT Program. The schedule also identifies the requirements for an Eligible Participant. The Eligible Participant Schedule may be updated at the discretion of the IESO at any time.
  • Have the same person or entity as both the Applicant and the person or entity that maintains the microFIT Project’s Generator Account. This must also be the person or entity who signs the Connection Agreement for the microFIT Project.
  • Individuals and farmers may only have one microFIT Project and may not have multiple Applications active at one time. If an individual or farmer has a microFIT Project under an earlier version of the microFIT Rules, the individual or farmer is not eligible for another microFIT Project.
  • A proposed microFIT Project that is either: (i) a wind Renewable Generating Facility that has a Nameplate Capacity of 3 kW or less, or (ii) a Non-Rooftop Solar Facility:
i. may not be located on a property on which residential use is a Lawfully Permitted Use; and

ii. may not be located on a property that abuts another property on which residential use is a Lawfully Permitted Use

  • A proposed microFIT Project that is a Rooftop Solar Facility:
* Must be built on existing permanent buildings that have walls, a roof and a permanent foundation.
  * To qualify as a rooftop facility, the IESO must be satisfied that the building on which the solar PV project is located is an appropriate type of building. For more details, please refer to the definition of Rooftop Solar Facility in the microFIT Rules.

 

Contact

1-888-387-3403 or microFIT@ieso.ca

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://microfit.powerauthority.on.ca/microfit-program-overview

Northern Community Capacity Building Program

Name

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

Program

Northern Community Capacity Building Program - Community Capacity Building Initiatives

Overview

The Community Capacity-Building Program helps northern communities develop the capacity to promote, attract, and support economic growth in the existing and emerging priority economic sectors identified in the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. Capacity-building allows northern communities to respond to their economic opportunities and challenges according to their individual priorities, and to pursue regional collaboration to advance common goals in order to strengthen Northern Ontario’s competitive advantages.

  • For community-based projects, the amount of NOHFC assistance will generally not exceed the lesser of 50 per cent or $50,000.
  • For regional, partnership-based projects, the amount of NOHFC assistance will generally not exceed the lesser of 50 per cent or $100,000.
  • For regional training projects, the amount of NOHFC assistance will generally not exceed the lesser of 50 per cent or $150,000.
  • In exceptional circumstances, the board may consider projects exceeding the normal levels of assistance on a case-by-case basis where a project demonstrates a significant regional or Growth Plan-oriented benefit.

Funded Activities

Municipalities, First Nations, local service boards (for projects related to their approved powers) and not-for-profit organizations including educational institutions, either involved in economic development or representing an eligible sector, may apply individually.

Eligibility

Eligible projects should align with existing and emerging priority economic sectors identified in the Growth Plan.

Eligible projects may include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • identifying capacity-building and investment opportunities consistent with the objectives of the NOHFC and the Growth Plan
  • developing the necessary supporting information related to proposals for submission to the NOHFC infrastructure program, where the proposed projects meet the eligibility requirements for both programs
  • sector-based research projects that align with the Growth Plan sectors and are supported by existing community and regional strategic plans or initiatives
  • strategic planning (community economic development plans, investment priorities identification, etc.)
  • infrastructure requirement studies
  • capacity assessment
  • regional economic development plans that align with the Growth Plan and guide development of priority initiatives
  • community or regional training needs when critical for local participation in resource and sector development projects (i.e. Ring of Fire, large-scale renewable energy projects, etc.) including skills development
  • business retention and attraction strategies
  • other non-capital projects that promote or support economic growth and would bring benefits to Northern Ontario, in the opinion of the NOHFC

Projects intended to identify capacity-building and investment opportunities are only considered for funding when the applicant demonstrates the ability to support next steps in project implementation.

Contact

Email: nohfc.ndm@ontario.ca

Phone: 1-800-461-8329

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://nohfc.ca/en/programs/northern-community-capacity-building-program-community-capacity-building-initiatives

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Co-operative Development Program

Name

Canadian Co-operative Association CCA

Program

First Nations, Métis and Inuit Co-operative Development Program

Overview

The Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) has created the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Co-operative Development Program to help Aboriginal communities explore the potential of co-operatives to meet their needs. The five-year pilot program was developed in collaboration with national Aboriginal organizations. The program will fund between five and 10 projects a year with an average grant of $5,000 to $10,000 per project.

Funded Activities

Funding will be available for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Consultation with communities to generate ideas for co-operatives
  • Feasibility or pre-feasibility study to explore a project idea
  • Writing a business plan
  • Exploration of innovative models of co-operatives
  • Other structuring activities for co-operative development in the community

Application Approval

Application approval is approximately 6 weeks.

Eligibility

Applicants should be a group of people, an organization or a band council. If it is a group of people please list the names and addresses of the people involved in the initial application. If it is an organization please list the contact person in the organization and his or her title.

Contact

Phone: 613-238-6711 dev@canada.coop

Fax: 613-567-0658

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://www.canada.coop/en/programs/co-op-development/first-nations-metis-and-inuit-co-operative-development-program

Tenacity Works Fund

Name

Canadian Worker Co-op Federation

Program

Tenacity Works Fund

Overview

This investment funds purpose is to create new and to expand existing worker-owned co-operatives in all regions of Canada. Tenacity Works is owned and operated by the CWCF. As a revolving loan fund, Tenacity Works usually has funds available for making loans. Funds are used to invest in worker, multi-stakeholder and shareholder co-ops across Canada. Loans are available for amounts between $15,000 and $50,000.

Funded Activities

Funds are used to invest in worker, multi-stakeholder co-ops across Canada.  

Application Approval

Application approval is approximately 30 days and disbursement is 4 to 6 weeks.

Eligibility

Proponent Commitments

To receive an investment from the Fund the proponents of the enterprise must agree to:

  • Incorporate their business as an eligible cooperative with complete or partial worker ownership;
  • Upon incorporation, join the CWCF as a regular member;
  • Include in their bylaws the requirement that all employees be given the opportunity to become members, and that a minimum of 75% of permanent employees will be members, within the timeframe set out in the federal Cooperatives Act;
  • Include in its by-laws that a minimum of 10% of surpluses must be allocated to an indivisible reserve, which will revert to the CWCF's Worker Co-op Fund in the event that the cooperative dissolves;
  • and In the case of expansions, give all new employees an opportunity to become members, and have a minimum of 75% of them be members, within approximately one year of their hiring.
  • And further, that the proponents will continue to uphold these commitments for at least the duration of any Worker Co-op Fund investment in their cooperative.

Contact

Phone: (403) 276-8250

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://canadianworker.coop/funding/tenacity-works-fund/

Aboriginal Energy Partnership Program

Name

Independent Electricity System Operator

Program

Aboriginal Energy Partnership Program

Overview

The IESO is developing a new renewable energy support program, the Energy Partnerships Program (EPP), to streamline existing program offerings while improving the ability of communities and organizations to develop renewable energy projects.

The Energy Partnerships Program will consolidate the Community Energy Partnerships Program (CEPP), the Municipal and Public Sector Energy Partnerships Program (MPSEPP), the Aboriginal Renewable Energy Fund (AREF), and the Aboriginal Transmission Fund (ATF) Programs, and will continue to support Aboriginal Communities, Co-operatives, Municipalities and Public Sector Entities in the participation of Ontario’s energy sector.

Funded Activities

TBD

Eligibility

TBD

Contact

Email WPP@ieso.ca Phone 416-969-6317

http://www.aboriginalenergy.ca/energy-partnerships-program

Northern Business Opportunity Program - Small Business Start-up Projects

Name

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

Program

Northern Business Opportunity Program - Small Business Start-up Projects

Overview

The Northern Business Opportunity Program supports the vision of the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario by encouraging business productivity and expansion, and global investment in northern communities. NOHFC assistance will be in the form of a conditional contribution and will generally not exceed 50% of eligible project costs up to a maximum of $200,000.

Funded Activities

New businesses in Northern Ontario that intend to commence operations in the following sectors identified and further described in the Growth Plan:

  • advanced manufacturing
  • agriculture, aquaculture and food processing
  • arts, culture and creative industries
  • digital economy
  • forestry and value-added forestry-related industries
  • health sciences
  • minerals sector and mining supply and services
  • renewable energy and services
  • tourism
  • transportation, aviation and aerospace
  • water technologies and services

Other business activities that, in the opinion of the NOHFC Board of Directors, will result in an economic development advantage for Northern Ontario will be considered.

Eligibility

Eligible project costs related to the start-up of a business that creates jobs in Northern Ontario include, but are not limited to:

  • leasehold improvements
  • new or used equipment
  • training costs incurred with third parties
  • information and communications technology investments including, but not limited to, software
  • marketing costs

Contact

Email: nohfc.ndm@ontario.ca
Phone: 1-800-461-8329

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://nohfc.ca/en/programs/northern-business-opportunity-program-small-business-start-projects

Community in Transitions Fund

Name

Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation

Program

Community in Transitions Fund (CIT)

Overview

This program is responsive to the needs of communities and regions and allows them to apply for help developing a strategy for their economic growth.

Funded Activities

Eligible Project Expenditures include:

  • Salaries and Benefits for personnel/ staff position".

Date

Continual Intake.

Application Approval

Application approval time is 60 days.

Eligibility

Non-profit organizations, such as local economic development corporations or industry organizations are eligible.

Sample CiT clients include:

  • local authorities, such as municipal governments or local economic development organizations
  • professional/business associations assisting transitioning sectors or industries
  • regional or professional associations focused on economic development

Contact

Tina Mora, Senior Advisor, Communities in Transition
Regional Economic Development Branch Telephone: 416-325-6969
Email: tina.mora@ontario.ca"

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://www.ontariocanada.com/ontcan/1medt/en/progserv_cit_en.jsp

Land Use Planning

Name

Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities/Ministry of Natural Resources

Program

Land Use Planning

Overview

Far North Land Use Planning offers assistance in acquiring skills and training related to community based land use planning in the Far North. Land use planning helps make wise decisions about conservation and resource development opportunities, land use planning capacity and the project-based skills training program will help Far North First Nations be better prepared to benefit from future resource-related job opportunities.

The proposal may also include not-for-profit organizations, trainers, and others involved in resource-related sectors in Northern Ontario, including employers.

Funded Activities

  • Administrative or overhead costs (a maximum of 10% of total eligible costs e.g. use of common resources, space or facilities, phone, mail, printing costs and financial tracking and reporting for the proposal.
  • Honoraria to professionals (e.g. elders, guest speakers, etc.)
  • Costs directly related to training not funded through existing educational institution grants/programming, including: Advertising training opportunities and assessing individuals current training and skills levels
  • Delivering on-site or classroom training
  • Work site training, additional supervision required for on-site training and participant wages during a work experience or on-the-job training placement
  • Training incidentals such as information and communications technology necessary for e-learning (e.g. computers, furniture)
  • Wrap-around supports that are career/employment focused (e.g. career counselling, life skills)
  • Monitoring implementation and gathering and reporting data on training activity and reporting on results
  • Participant support - transportation, accommodations, meals, childcare, incidentals. Participants may not receive supports through this proposal where they are already being provided through another initiative/program, e.g. Ontario Works".

Application Approval

Application approval is 45 days. Please note this program is available to NAN communities only.

Eligibility

Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Far North First Nations, their Tribal Councils or organizations with MNR partnership.

Contact

Connie Buck, Far North Planning & Information Manager Ministry of Natural Resources Ontario Government Complex
5520 Hwy. 101 East
South Porcupine, ON P0N 1H0
(705) 235-1140
e-mail: connie.buck@ontario.ca

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://www.ontario.ca/rural-and-north/land-use-planning-process-far-north

Canada Ontario Resource Development Agreement

Name

Canadian Ontario Resource Development Agreement

Program

CORDA

Overview

The Canada Ontario Resource Development Agreement (CORDA) is now accepting applications for funding of eligible resource and economic development initiatives in First Nation communities. If the projects in your communities require financial assistance to develop and use renewable natural resources. The maximum funding level for projects approved under the CORDA program is $35,000.00.

Funded Activities

Projects that promote natural resource development, management, harvesting and conservation in Ontario.

Projects that involve one or more of the following:

  • Commercial fishing.
  • Fur trapping.
  • Forestry including Forest Management Plans and Strategic Planning Programs.
  • Traditional harvesting and non-timber forest products.
  • Deer, moose, barren-ground caribou and bear hide utilization.
  • Sports fishing and hunting including assistance to guides and outfitters. Fishing and hunting for domestic use.
  • Commercial recreation and ecotourism.
  • Processing and marketing of products derived from natural resources such as wild rice harvesting and maple syrup production.
  • Environmental projects relating to resource development or management.
  • Natural resource planning such as those projects related to natural heritage or addressing invasive species.

Application Approval

Application approval is approximately 6 months.

Eligibility

First Nations, their members and organizations and Treaty organizations in Ontario are eligible to apply.

Contact

Jill Stevens
CORDA Office
123 Paudash Street
RR2
Keene, ON K0L 2G0 Telephone: 705-295-7116 Facsimile: 705-295-7144 E-mail: corda@nexicom.net

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://www.anishinabek.ca/lands-and-resources-other.asp

Community Grant

Name

Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF)

Program

Community Grant

Overview

Community Grant Program makes grants of up to $375,000 over five years. This can include up to $75,000 per year for operating or project expenses and up to $150,000 over one or more years for capital initiatives such as building renovations and/or equipment purchases.

Funded Activities

Funding would be reviewed and determined on a individual project basis and is designed to assist projects that primarily have a local impact does not fund new capital construction.

Application Approval

Application approval is 120 days.

Eligibility

  • A charitable organization or foundation registered as a charity by the Canada Revenue Agency
  • An organization incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation without share capital in a Canadian jurisdiction
  • An unincorporated branch or chapter of a registered charity or incorporated not-for-profit organization. The incorporated organization or registered charity must authorize the application and accept responsibility for any approved grant
  • A First Nation
  • A Métis or other Aboriginal community
  • A collaborative of two or more organizations that are working together to achieve a common goal. The collaborative must include at least one eligible member. The eligible member normally acts as the lead applicant and accepts responsibility for any approved grant"

Contact

1416.963.4927 1.800.263.2887 Fax | 416.963.8781 otf@otf.ca

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://www.trilliumfoundation.org/en/applyForaGrant/community_grants.asp

Community Opportunity Readiness Program 

Name

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Program

Community Opportunity Readiness Program  

Overview

The Community Opportunity Readiness Program addresses the financial needs of Aboriginal communities when they are in pursuit of, and with to participate in, an economic opportunity. The program is a consolidation of the former community economic opportunities program, the major projects investement fund, and the community-based compoenents of the Aboriginal business development program.

Funded Activities

Funded activities may include:

Support to pursue economic opportunities and attract private sector funding, such as feasibility studies, marketing, advertising and promotion, planning, negotiations, legal, land surveys, and appraisals.

Support for community-owned businesses where there is an equity gap, such as for business advisory services and training, commercial development, and market development

Community economic infrastructure development related to business development (but not related to a specific eligible business)

Application Approval

Application approval can be up to 65 days. Applicants can apply as early as the business plan phase or when they have the equity to proceed.

Eligibility

First Nation and Inuit communities and their governments, including Tribal Councils. Organizations and associations controlled by First Nation and Inuit communities, except those with charitable or religious purposes. Non-Aboriginal organizations and associations (except those with charitable or religious purposes) that plan to provide economic development services for the benefit of First Nation and Inuit communities. The Province of Ontario, as per the Canada-Ontario Resource Development Agreement. In exceptional circumstances, the Minister may also allow Community Opportunity Readiness Program contributions to other recipients for projects which have a signficiant impact on First Nation or Inuit communities. 

Contact

Tel: 1-800-567-9604

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100033414

Northern Ontario Development Program

Name

FedNor

Program

Northern Ontario Development Program (NODP)

Overview

FedNor is committed to fostering economic growth and increased competitiveness of Northern Ontario's businesses by working with community and industry stakeholders to invest in projects that improve productivity, reach new markets, facilitate access to capital, foster investment, encourage entrepreneurship and cultivate industry collaboration.

Funded Activities

Economic Development:

Activities related to community economic development, including those that leverage key economic sectors, such as mining and forest industries, tourism, agri-food, information and communications technology, renewable energy and manufacturing.

Non Capital Cost may include:

  • fees for professional and technical services, including project implementation, engineering services; costs related to community engagement and planning, such as facilitation, rental of facility;
  • costs related to producing and disseminating results of studies/plans;
  • marketing costs including design, promotional materials, advertising, product demonstrations and participation at trade shows; and
  • travel expenses and labour costs.

Capital costs may include: servicing of industrial lands; waterfront development; leasehold improvements; and machinery, equipment and technology.

Application Approval

Application approval is 80 days.

Eligibility

Not-for-profit organizations in Northern Ontario, such as community economic development, Aboriginal and Francophone organizations, industry and business associations, networks, or alliances.

Municipalities; municipal organizations; and First Nations in Northern Ontario.

Contact

Please contact your local FedNor Officer, see FedNor site for your areas officers contact information or contact FedNor for your areas office details FedNor 1-877-333-6673

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://fednor.gc.ca/eic/site/fednor-fednor.nsf/eng/fn03442.html

Business Growth and Competitiveness

Name

FedNor

Program

Business Growth and Competitiveness

Overview

FedNor is committed to fostering economic growth and increased competitiveness of Northern Ontario's businesses by working with community and industry stakeholders to invest in projects that improve productivity, reach new markets, facilitate access to capital, foster investment, encourage entrepreneurship and cultivate industry collaboration.

Funded Activities

Business Growth and Competitiveness

Non-Capital Costs:

 

  • fees for professional and technical services, including market, trade and export expertise;
  • costs related to business management training;
  • costs related to producing and disseminating results of studies/plans;
  • marketing costs, including design, promotional materials, advertising, product demonstrations and participation at trade shows; and
  • travel expenses and labour costs.

Capital Costs

 

  • servicing of industrial lands
  • leasehold improvements; and
  • machinery, equipment and technology.

    Application Approval

    Application approval is 80 days.

    Eligibility

    Not-for-profit organizations in Northern Ontario, such as community economic development, Aboriginal and Francophone organizations, industry and business associations, networks, or alliances.

    Municipalities; municipal organizations; and First Nations in Northern Ontario.

    SMEs with fewer than 500 employees within Northern Ontario seeking youth internships.

    Contact

    Please contact your local FedNor Officer, see FedNor site for your areas officers contact information or contact FedNor for your areas office details FedNor 1-877-333-6673

    Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

    http://fednor.gc.ca/eic/site/fednor-fednor.nsf/eng/fn03442.html

Aboriginal Business Development Canada

Name

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Program

Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development 

Overview

Individual Aboriginal entrepreneurs may receive up to $99,999 in funding assistance. For community-owned businesses, this assistance can be up to $1 million. 

Funded Activities

  • Business planning
  • Establishment (capital) costs
  • Business acquisitions
  • Business expansions
  • Marketing initiatives that are local, domestic, or export oriented
  • New product or process development
  • Adding technology to improve operations and competitiveness
  • Operating costs in association with capital costs
  • Financial services, business support, business-related training, and mentoring services

Application Approval

Applications is up to 90 days. Applicants are advised to apply in early phase (concept phase) as this program has funding to assist with early project activities.

Eligibility

Applicant eligibility:

  • applicant must be of Canadian Aboriginal descent
  • applicant must have the financial resources to undertake the business venture proposed

Note: A credit check will be completed at this stage to determine your ability to access other forms of financing.

Business project eligibility:

  • proposed management team must have the skills required to undertake the project as described
  • client should be involved full-time with the proposed business in a management capacity
  • as well as other additional criteria of project feasibility

Contact

Northern Access Centre for Native Business, 201-100 Anemki Drive

Thunder Bay, ON T7J 1A5, Tel: 1-800-567-9604, Fax: (807) 623-4514

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1375201178602/1375202816581 

Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund

Program

Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund

Overview

Initiative for this program are individually based on area and must contact local CDFC office to determine their individual initiatives, loans are offered in partnership with FedNor and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) who provide financing and business counselling services for new and existing businesses Delivers CDFC's Community Futures $5000.00 and Access to Capital. Under Resource Development Initiatives, we focus on projects involving (but not limited to) Energy, Mining, Forestry and Infrastructure (Winter Roads). With significant funding through our partnerships we are able to fulfill our mandate of supporting community and regional development initiatives.

Funded Activities

Contact local CDFC office to determine what initiatives/activities are funded.

Eligibility

Financing is based on:

  • Nishnawbe Aski local initiative is project based
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Credit Rating
  • Overall review of your business plan
  • Collateral
  • Viability of your business plan
  • Your character

Contact

Tel: (807) 623-3941; 1-800-465-6821

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://www.nadf.org/article/loans-and-equipment-leasing-125.asp

Strategic Economic Infrastructure Program

Name

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

Program

Strategic Economic Infrastructure Program

Overview

This program supports infrastructure projects that best align with the vision of the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario to help create jobs and build capacity in our northern communities. Efficient and modern infrastructure is a cornerstone of a strong northern economy. This program helps a region or community advance economic development opportunities and support investment through strategic infrastructure. The maximum investment from the NOHFC does not exceed the lesser of 50 per cent or $1 million, towards eligible project components.

Funded Activities

Strategic infrastructure projects that have a direct and demonstrable net economic impact in Northern Ontario, with a focus on job creation. Existing and emerging priority economic sectors aligned with the Growth Plan. 

Capital projects that encourage partnerships among communities, educational institutions, skills training providers and industry to respond to labour market needs and opportunities.

Projects that support brownfield site redevelopment and/or encourage infill development.

Eligibility

Partnerships and alliances comprising municipalities, First Nations, Aboriginal organizations, local services boards, not-for-profit corporations, educational institutions and private sector businesses and organizations. Municipalities, First Nations, not-for-profit corporations and educational institutions may apply individually. Other organizations with a training or educational mandate may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Contact

Email: nohfc.ndm@ontario.ca

Phone: 1-800-461-8329

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://nohfc.ca/en/programs/strategic-economic-infrastructure-program

Infrastructure and Community Development Program

Name

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund

Program

Infrastructure and Community Development Program

Overview

Businesses and not-for-profit organizations involved in the energy sector that intend to create renewable energy projects are eligible. Assistance may be provided for engineering and design costs and environmental studies required to undertake the project development.

Funded Activities

Essential and strategic community infrastructure necessary for job creation in the North.

Eligible infrastructure projects include but are not limited to: industrial parks, winter road projects, waterfront development, community facilities for economic development purposes (e.g. call centers).

Eligible community development projects include but are not limited to: identifying sectoral research projects, small capital projects, and development opportunities which contribute to overall NOHFC objectives and create direct jobs. Other projects considered necessary to further an economic goal or improve the quality of life in Northern Ontario may be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Application Approval

Application approval is approximately 4 months.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants may include partnerships and alliances comprising municipalities, private sector businesses and organizations, the federal government and other government-related agencies.

Municipalities, First Nations, not-for-profit corporations and educational institutions may apply individually.

Contact

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation
70 Foster Drive, Suite 200
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
P6A 6V8
email: nohfc.ndm@ontario.ca
toll free line 1-800-461-8329

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://www.mndm.gov.on.ca/nohfc/programs/infrastructure_and_community_development_e.asp

Building Canada Fund

Name

Infrastructure Canada

Program

Building Canada Fund

Overview

The $8.8 billion Building Canada Fund works by making investments in public infrastructure owned by provincial, territorial and municipal governments, and in certain cases, private sector and non-profit organizations.

Funding is allocated to each province and territory based on population. The Building Canada Fund is made up of two components: the Major Infrastructure Component and the Communities Component. The Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund targets larger, strategic projects of national and regional significance. The Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund targets projects in communities with populations of less than 100,000.

Funded Activities

Under the MIC, at least two-thirds of funding supports projects that address national priorities and improve the lives of Canadians. These include projects related to:

 

  • drinking water
  • wastewater
  • public transit
  • the core National Highway System
  • and green energy.

    Application Approval

    Application approval is approximately 3 months for the communities component. Please note that the communities component is a application process while the Major Infrastructure component is put forth by the province and is approved by Government debate there is no set approval time for this component due to its approval process.

    Eligibility

    Please check with agency for details.

    Contact

    Email: info@infc.gc.ca
    Telephone Infrastructure Canada: 613-948-1148
    Toll Free Number: 1-877-250-7154

    Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

    http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/prog/bcf-fcc-eng.html#mic-vgi

Aboriginal Transmission Fund

Name

Independent Electricty System Operator

Program

Aboriginal Transmission Fund

Overview

On August 25, 2011, the Ontario Minister of Energy directed the OPA to establish a program, now referred to as the Aboriginal Transmission Fund (ATF), to provide funding support to First Nation and Métis communities that are exploring equity positions in future, planned, major transmission lines in Ontario where the OPA has identified a need for transmission capacity. Up to $500,000.00 in funding per transmission line is available for assessments of partnership opportunities.

Funded Activities

  • Funded Transmission Lines

Eligibility

ATF Reimbursement Funding is available to Aboriginal Organizations (owned jointly by two or more Aboriginal Communities or a limited partnership consisting of two or more Aboriginal Communities that are direct limited partners) that have incurred certain costs between November 23, 2010 and March 5, 2014 for the purposes of pursuing an equity interest in the East West Tie or Line to Pickle Lake. Applicant Organizations are eligible for 80 percent of actual costs up to $50,000 in Reimbursement Funding.

Contact

Email: ATF@ieso.ca
Telephone: 416-969-6317

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://aboriginalenergy.ca/aboriginal-transmission-fund

Northern Training Partnership Fund

Name

Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities

Program

Northern Training Partnership Fund

Overview

The intent of the Northern Ontario Internship Program is to strengthen Northern Ontario’s competitive advantage and build economic development capacity by attracting and retaining graduates in the North. The program provides recent graduates who are interested in launching and building their careers in Northern Ontario access to internships. Eligible not-for-profit and public sector organizations located in Northern Ontario are potentially eligible to receive a conditional contribution of up to 90 percent of a recent graduate’s salary to a maximum contribution of $31,500.

Funded Activities

Funding is available for organizations located in Northern Ontario to provide first time full-time employment in a related field to recent university and college graduates. The program will support innovation, economic/community development and capacity building within communities.

Eligibility

Private sector, public sector, and not-for-profit organizations located in Northern Ontario that are interested in providing training and work experience to recent graduates. The organization must have been in operation for at least one year with a minimum of one full-time employee and operate in one of the following sectors identified and further described in the Growth Plan for Northern. Municipalities, First Nations, post-secondary education institutions, and research institutions may also apply.

Contact

Email: nohfc.ndm@ontario.ca

Phone: 1-800-461-8329

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://nohfc.ca/en/programs/northern-ontario-internship-program

Northern Ontario Internship Program

Name

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

Program

Northern Ontario Internship Program

Overview

The intent of the Northern Ontario Internship Program is to strengthen Northern Ontario’s competitive advantage and build economic development capacity by attracting and retaining graduates in the North. The program provides recent graduates who are interested in launching and building their careers in Northern Ontario access to internships. Eligible not-for-profit and public sector organizations located in Northern Ontario are potentially eligible to receive a conditional contribution of up to 90 percent of a recent graduate’s salary to a maximum contribution of $31,500.

Funded Activities

Funding is available for organizations located in Northern Ontario to provide first time full-time employment in a related field to recent university and college graduates. The program will support innovation, economic/community development and capacity building within communities.

Eligibility

Private sector, public sector, and not-for-profit organizations located in Northern Ontario that are interested in providing training and work experience to recent graduates. The organization must have been in operation for at least one year with a minimum of one full-time employee and operate in one of the following sectors identified and further described in the Growth Plan for Northern. Municipalities, First Nations, post-secondary education institutions, and research institutions may also apply.

Contact

Email: nohfc.ndm@ontario.ca

Phone: 1-800-461-8329

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://nohfc.ca/en/programs/northern-ontario-internship-program

Northern Innovation Program

Name

Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

Program

Northern Innovation Program - Applied Research & Technology Development Projects

Northern Innovation Program – Industrial Research Chairs

Northern Innovation Program – Opportunity Assessment Projects

Northern Innovation Program – Pilot Demonstration and Commercialization Projects

Overview

The purpose of this program stream is to assist Northern Ontario businesses to undertake applied research or pre-commercialization activities required to further develop their new technologies and move them to market. The Northern Innovation Program supports the vision of the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario by supporting the development and commercialization of new technologies that will contribute to future prosperity in Northern Ontario, and by fostering collaboration and partnerships among the private sector, academic institutions and research institutes. Financial assistance is limited to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $250,000 as a conditional contribution.

Funded Activities

  • natural resources
  • advanced manufacturing
  • clean technology
  • health sciences
  • the bioeconomy
  • the digital economy

Eligible costs include:

  • direct internal technical labour costs for up to one year of the project’s duration
  • prototyping costs (engineering and design services and component purchase, fabrication and installation costs)
  • product testing
  • intellectual property protection costs

Eligibility

Private companies alone or in partnership with an Ontario academic or research institution are eligible to apply. For public-private partnership projects, the private company is the lead applicant and the funding recipient.

For public-private partnership projects, the partnering academic or research institution must have the relevant expertise and resources required by the private partner to complete the proposed project.

Preference is given to public-private partnership projects involving Northern Ontario academic or research institutions

Contact

Email: nohfc.ndm@ontario.ca

Phone: 1-800-461-8329

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://nohfc.ca/en/programs

Participant Funding

Name

Canadian Environmental Agency

Program

Participant Funding

Overview

The Aboriginal Funding Envelope under the Participant Funding Program supports Aboriginal groups engaged in Aboriginal consultation activities as well as public consultation activities on projects that are undergoing a federal environmental assessment under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

Funded Activities

The following activities may be funded under the Program:

  • preparing for and participating in scoping and other meetings that may be held to identify issues that should be considered during the environmental assessment by a review panel;
  • reviewing the draft guidelines issued by the Minister or the review panel outlining the issues to be addressed by the project proponent in the environmental impact statement;
  • reviewing the environmental impact statement submitted by the project proponent (in the context of a comprehensive study or review panel);
  • preparing for and participating in public hearings convened by the review panel or the regulatory body to consider the proposed project;
  • preparing for and participating in the conduct of the environmental assessment prior to the preparation of the comprehensive study report; or
  • reviewing the comprehensive study report.

Application Approval

Notice of decision is approximately 4 to 6 weeks.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Aboriginal Funding Envelope, Aboriginal groups must plan to engage in Aboriginal consultation activities with the federal government that are linked to the environmental assessment of a proposed project associated with: review panel and joint review panel processes; and comprehensive studies of major resource projects.

Contact

info@ceaa-acee.gc.ca 1-866-582-1884. Tel: 866-582-1884
Fax: 613-948-9172
E-mail: PFP.PAFP@ceaa-acee.gc.ca

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://www.ceaa.gc.ca/default.asp?lang=En&n=E33AE9FB-1

New Relationship Fund

Name

Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs

Program

New Relationship Fund Core Consultation Funding

Overview

First year of funding: Core Consultation Capacity funding of up to $90,000 per represented community.

Subsequent years of funding: Core Consultation Capacity funding of up to $50,000 per represented community per year.

Funded Activities

Activities that CAN be funded include:

  • Activities aimed at building long-term internal core consultation capacity relating to lands and resources issues;
  • Development, implementation and/or updating of a process for internal community decision-making relating to lands and resources;
  • Community engagement on an internal community consultation process;
  • Wages and mandatory employer-related costs for a core consultation point person(s) to act as a representative for the community/communities on consultation and engagement relating to lands and resources;
  • The one-time purchase of eligible office equipment for new Program funded positions; office equipment costs i.e., computer, desk and chair for staff employed under the project.
  • Consultants and/or technicians for technical expertise relating to the community consultation process or capacity building
  • Training related to consultations or other work plan activities; and
  • Related travel, as required.

Application Approval

Application approval is 3 months.

Eligibility

The following are eligible to apply for Core Consultation Capacity funding:

  • First Nation communities in Ontario;
  • Métis communities in Ontario;
  • Political Territorial Organizations (“PTOs”) and Tribal Councils in Ontario that are applying on behalf of and with the support of the communities they represent and that have a substantiated record of representing those communities on local lands and resources issues; and
  • Métis organizations in Ontario that are applying on behalf of and with the support of the communities they represent and that have a substantiated record of representing those communities on local lands and resources issues.

Contact

newrelationshipfund@ontario.ca 416-326-4740

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

https://www.ontario.ca/page/new-relationship-fund

Enhanced Capacity Building Fund

Name

Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs

Program

New Relationship Fund Enhanced Capacity Building Fund

Overview

This program funds projects that assist Aboriginal communities to build their capacity over and above core consultation capacity. The program assists Aboriginal organizations to participate in meaningful consultations with government and the private sector. The program includes projects that will also assist Aboriginal communities and organizations expand their economic development opportunities.

Subsequent years of funding: Core Consultation Capacity funding of up to $80,000 per represented community per year.

Funded Activities

Enhanced consultation and/or engagement capacity building to better engage with the Government of Ontario, municipal governments within Ontario and industry in Ontario (communities eligible for Core Consultation Capacity funding must demonstrate a need that extends beyond their Core Consultation Capacity funding amount), including:

  • the training and/or developmental needs of Aboriginal communities that currently do not have community-based justice programs;
  • ongoing needs of current community-based justice programs, including training, evaluation activities, data collection, sharing of promising practices and useful models;
  • activities to improve reporting and the development of data management systems in AJS programs; 
  • the development of new community-based justice programs; and
  • one-time or annual events and activities that build bridges, trust and partnerships between the mainstream justice system and Aboriginal communities.

Eligibility

Please check with agency for details.

Contact

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://justice.gc.ca/eng/fund-fina/acf-fca/ajs-sja/cf-fc/index.html

First Nation Finance Authority

Name

First Nation Finance Authority

Funded Activities

Other revenues of a First Nation may be used to secure financing for any purpose that promotes the First Nation's economic or social development, including financing for:

  • (a) capital infrastructure that is to be wholly or partly owned by the First Nation, including infrastructure for the provision of local services on reserve lands, housing, plants and machinery, buildings and other capital assets;
  • (b) rolling stock that is to be wholly or partly owned by the First Nation; (c) land that is to be wholly or partly owned by the First Nation;
  • (d) shares or any other ownership interest in a corporation whose purpose includes the ownership, operation, management or sale of products of power generating facilities, waste or wastewater treatment facilities or other public service utilities or facilities;
  • (e) lease financing of capital assets for the provision of local services; and
  • (f) short-term financing to meet cash flow requirements for capital purposes or to refinance a short-term debt incurred for capital purposes."

Eligibility

Please check with agency for details.

Contact

First Nations Finance Authority
Telephone: (250) 768-5253
Toll free: (866) 575-3632
Fax: (250) 768-5258
info@fnfa.ca

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://www.fnfa.ca/en/financing/

Skills and Partnership Fund

Name

Employment and Social Development Canada

Program

Skills and Partnership Fund

Overview

The Skills and Partnership Fund is a demand-driven, partnership-based program that supports government priorities through strategic partnerships by funding projects that contribute to the skills development and training of Indigenous workers for long-term, meaningful employment.

Funded Activities

 

  • project administration and overhead costs, such as wages and benefits, rental of office space, and telecommunication costs that are directly related to the administration or delivery of the project;
  • equipment rental (capital asset purchases may be allowed where it can be demonstrated to be more cost-effective over the life of the project), such as computers and office equipment;
  • materials and supplies directly related to the project;
  • costs associated with printing, translation and dissemination of project reports;
  • communications activities, including promotional material and activities, through print, web-based and other media;
  • costs related to the case management of participants, such as counselling, mentoring, skills testing and needs evaluation, pre-employment training, post-secondary training, apprenticeship training, technical training, on-site training, literacy and essential skills training;
  • Income support for participants, such as allowances, child care, wage subsidies or wage simulations, accommodation and transportation;
  • costs for the provision of food to participants in training activities where it provides nourishment that is considered to contribute to the participants' successful completion of their training;
  • costs of participant wages and the employer's share of employment-related costs for participants;
  • professional fees related to audit, evaluation and assessment;
  • professional fees for expertise not available through the organization or partners (for example, services provided by Indigenous elders; individuals receiving a salary from the sponsoring or partner organizations are not eligible to be paid as consultants);
  • travel within Canada that is directly related to the project activities; and
  • other costs that, in the opinion of the Minister, are necessary to carry out the project.

Application Approval

Applicant organizations should receive a letter with a decision or status update within 60 days of the 2012 Call for Concept papers closing date.

Eligibility

Only Aboriginal organizations are eligible to submit concept papers. This may include but is not limited to:

  • Incorporated for-profit and not-for-profit Aboriginal controlled organizations
  • Aboriginal controlled unincorporated associations
  • Indian Act bands and Tribal Councils; and
  • Aboriginal self-government entities
The following definition of Aboriginal organizations applies:
  • A sole proprietorship, limited company, cooperative, partnership, or not for profit organization;
  • In which Aboriginal persons have majority ownership and control, meaning at least 51 percent; and
  • In which, in the case of a business enterprise with six or more full-time employees, at least 33 percent of the full-time employees are Aboriginal persons.

Contact

Skills and Partnership Fund
Aboriginal Affairs Directorate
National Program Delivery Division
140 Promenade du Portage, Phase IV
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0J9
Phone: (819) 934-4651.

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://www.esdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/aboriginal/partnership_fund/index.shtml

Commercial Leasing Program

Name

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Program

Commercial Leasing Program

Overview

CL provides funding for surveys, environmental site assessments and other activities related to commercial leasing and designations on reserve to support economic development.

Funded Activities

  • Designation of land and community approval process
  • Provision of legal surveys by Natural Resource Canada
  • Environmental Assessments to determine condition of land
  • Other approved activities for which a First Nation is setting aside land for a commercial purpose"

Eligibility

First Nations, Aboriginal organizations and other organizations mandated by the eligible recipients to carry out ongoing activities and projects on their behalf.

Contact

InfoPubs@ainc-inac.gc.ca

Link (Opens in a new tab or window)

http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100033527

http://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1100100033592

Terms and Acronyms

ACEP: Community Energy Plan is designed to assist communities in Ontario in understanding and planning for their electricity needs. It is also designed to help them discover options available for conservation and small-scale renewable generation in their communities.

AREF: Aboriginal Renewable Energy Fund provides funding for First Nations and Metis communities to develop renewable energy generation facilities. The program assist qualifying Aboriginal communities in paying for a portion of the project cost associated with developing a renewable energy project.

ATK: Aboriginal traditional knowledge is knowledge that is held by, and unique to Aboriginal peoples. It is living body of knowledge that is cumulative and dynamic and adapted over time to reflect changes in the social, economic, environmental, spiritual and political spheres of the Aboriginal knowledge holders. Its often includes knowledge about the land and its resources, spiritual beliefs, language, mythology, culture, laws, customs and medicines. It may be considered in the environmental assessment of a proposed project.

Baseline Electricity Assessment: the collection and evaluation of energy consumption, usage and cost, specifically those related to electricity for residential, commercial and industrial buildings, within the community.

BMP: Best Management Practice, the methods or techniques found to be the most effective and practical means in achieving an objective while making optimum use of your resources.

Brownfield: abandoned or underused industrial and commercial facilities available for re-use.

Business Plan: outlines why a business will succeed and can be used to pitch the project to potential partners and apply for financing. It is also a useful tool for your project team to maintain timelines and establish responsibilities.

Capital Cost: one-time setup cost of a plant or project, after which there will only be recurring operational or running cost.

CEAA: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is a federal body accountable for the environmental assessment process for most major projects subject to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

Community Energy Plan: a plan comprised of a community's vision guiding principles, conservation action plan, baseline electricity study, and a micro-generation action plan.

Community Energy Systems: renewable energy systems that can provide localized heating for Community buildings including biomass (e.g. wood) heating and geothermal systems.

Community Profile: a description of the community, it's location, specific issues regarding energy and number and location of buildings/structures that are to be included in the development of the Community Energy Plan.

CSR: Comprehensive study report summarizes the results of a comprehensive study and provides conclusions and recommendations. A responsible authority shall ensure that a comprehensive study report is prepared and provided to the Minister of the Environment and to the Agency.

Distribution System: A system connected to the IESO-Controlled Grid for distributing electricity at voltages at 50 kilovolts or less.

DFO: Department of Fisheries and Oceans delivers programs and services that support sustainable development of Canada's waterways and aquatic resources.

DWPA: Dominion Water Power Act aims to ensure water issues od national significance are conserved, developed and managed. It enables the federal government to collect data, conduct research, and undertake cooperative arrangements with the provinces with respect to the comprehensive planning of water resources.

EA: Environmental Assessment is a process of estimating and evaluating significant short-term and long-term effects of a project on the quality of its location's environment. It identifies ways to minimize, mitigate or eliminate the effects and or compensate for their impact.

EAAB: Environmental Assessments and Approvals Branch provides a one-window service for regulatory environmental approvals in Ontario. The branch administers Ontario's Environmental Assessment Act, which applies to the planning of public sector projects and certain types of private sector projects.

EARP: Environmental Assessment and Review Process

EC: Environmental Canada is the lead federal department responsible for coordinating environmental policies and programs as well as preserving and enhancing the natural environment and renewable resources.

Educational Component: a series of standardized information, provided by the OPA, of background information on the potential opportunities and risks associated with: (a) conservation (b) renewable energy projects that would be eligible for the FIT and micro-FIT programs and (c) potential for Community Energy Systems.

EIA: Environmental Impact Assessment is a process for identifying project and environment interactions, predicting environmental effects, identifying mitigation measures, evaluating significance, reporting and following-up to verify accuracy and effectiveness.                                   Environmental assessments are used as a planning tool to help guide decision-making as well as project design and implementation.

EPP: Environmental Protection Plan is a practical tool that describes the actions required to minimize environmental effects before, during and after project implementation. The plan may include details about the implementation of the mitigation measures identified in the environmental assessment, such as who is responsible for implementation, where the measures are intended to be implemented and within what timeframe.

ER: Environmental Report is a public disclosure by a firm of its environmental performance information.

ESA: Endangered Species Act, a federal act that was enacted to protect animal and plant species from extinction by preserving the ecosystems in which they survive and by providing programs for their conservation.

ESA: Environmental Site Assessment is a systematic investigation process to characterize the environmental condition of a property. The purpose is typically to determine whether a particular property's soil or ground water is, or may be, subject to contamination. If necessary, the process may include sampling and analysis to characterize and delineate the nature and extent of contamination at the site.

ESR: Environmental Study Report, a study of all the factors which a land development/construction project would have on the environment in the area, including population, traffic, schools, fire protection, endangered species, archaeological artifacts.

FA: Fisheries Act is federal legislation established to manage and protect Canada's fisheries resources, it applies to all fishing zones, territorial seas and inland waters of Canada.

FEARO: Federal Environmental Assessment Review Office

FIT: Feed-in TariffA feed-in-tariff is a straightforward way to contract for renewable energy generation. It provides standardized program rules, prices and contracts. Feed-in-tariff refers to the specific prices paid to renewable energy suppliers for the electricity produced by the generating facility. The pricing structure provides a reasonable return on investment and is differentiated by project size and technology type and contains provisions for project incentives for Aboriginal Communities, including reduced security payments and additional price incentives.

Financial Model: a simplified representation of the performance and financial investment required for the project. An example of a financial model is a RETScreen analysis.

FIT Aboriginal Price Adder: The FIT Program provides incentives to encourage the participation of Aboriginal Communities and to encourage Aboriginal Community partners to maximize their equity share in renewable energy projects. The Aboriginal Price adder uses a sliding scale based on the equity interest of an Aboriginal Community. The FIT Contract is structured to allow for increases in the economic interest of an Aboriginal Community over time.

FIT Contract: An agreement entered into between the renewable energy project developer and the OPA.

FOI: Freedom if Information Act means the right to access information under the control of an Ontario organization as defined in one of the two acts.

GEA: Green Energy and Green Act, an act to make Ontario a global leader in clean, renewable energy, conservation, economic prosperity while ensuring energy security and climate protection.

Gigawatt: A unit of measure for electrical energy equal to 1 Billion watts. Gigawatts are the preferred measure of utility scale power plants. A Gigawatt is enough electricity to power 5000 homes for a year.

Governmental Authority: any federal, provincial, or municipal government, commission, board or department of any such government, parliament or legislature, or any court or other law, regulation or rule-making entity, having jurisdiction in the relevant circumstances, including the IESO, the OEB, the Electrical Safety Authority, and any Person actin under the authority of any Governmental Authority.

Greenfield: An area of agricultural or forest land, and some other undeveloped site earmarked for commercial development or industrial projects.

GS: Generating Station, a plant for generating electric power.

HC: Health Canada is the department of the government of Canada with responsibility for national public health.

IBA: Impact Benefit Statement is a confidential agreement negotiated in the context of resource development between a company, the relevant provincial or territorial government and affected Indigenous organizations. An IBA establishes the terms under which the impacted community will benefit from a development project.

IESO: Independent Electricity system Operator is responsible for the day-today operation of Ontario's electrical system.

IPSP: Integrated Power System Plan is a set of documents prepared by the OPA that purport to lay out the problems and point the way forward for the electricity system in the Province of Ontario.

JVA: Joint Venture Agreement is a contractual agreement between two or more business partners to assume a common business strategy on a project. All partners generally agree to share the profits and losses through their common shareholdings.

Kilowatt: a unit of measure for electrical energy equal to 1000 watts. A kilowatt is sufficient to light 10 - 100 watt light bulbs.

LDC: Local Distribution Company is the owner or operator of a distribution system who us licensed by the Ontario Energy Board as an "electricity distributor".

LP: Limited Partnership is a partner in a partnership whose liability is limited to the extent of the partner's share of ownership. Limited partners generally do not have any kind of management responsibility in the partnership in which they invest and are not responsible for it's debt obligations. For this reason, limited partners are not considered to be material participants.

LRIA: Lakes and Rivers Improvement Act applies to the management, protection and preservation of the lakes and rivers in Ontario.

LTEP: Ontario's Long Term Energy Plan is a comprehensive plan released in 2010 that provides the framework for the future of Ontario's electricity system, including a guide for expanding the province's emerging clean energy economy.

MBCA: Migratory Birds Convention Act ensures the conversation of migratory bird populations by regulating potentially harmful human activities.

Megawatt: A unit of measure for electrical energy equal to 1 million watts. A megawatt is enough electricity to light 10,000 - 100-watt light bulbs.

Mitigation: means, in respect of a project, the elimination, reduction or control of the adverse environmental effects of the project, and includes restitution for any damage to the environment caused by such effects through replacement, restoration, compensation or any other means.

MNDMF: Ministry of Northern Development Mines and Forestry promotes northern economic and community development. Coordinates the delivery of programs and services in Northern Ontario.

MNR: Ministry of Natural Resources works to promote healthy, sustainable ecosystems and conserve biodiversity and develops resource management plans and manages Ontario's Crown Lands.

MOE: Ministry of Environment is responsible for protecting clean and safe air, land and water to ensure healthy communities, ecological protection and sustainable development through regulations, enforcement and a variety of innovative programs and initiatives.

MOU: Memorandum of understanding is a document used to create an understanding between a community and a company. The MOU defines principles for working together for mutual benefit.

MTCS: Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports supports the delivery of high quality tourism and recreation experiences to Ontarians and visitors. The Ministry provides leadership and fosters community capacity in the conservation of Ontario's cultural heritage and increases community pride and economic growth.

NGO: A non-governmental organization is a legally constituted organization created by a natural or legal person that operates independently from any government and a term usually used by government and a term usually used by governments to refer to entities that have no government status.

NOC: Notice of Commencement, a legal notice that announces work is about to begin.

Non-Capital Cost: The cost of administration, operation, maintenance and marketing, exclusive of equipment and facility costs.

Notice to Proceed: A notice provided by the OPA to a FIT supplier, indicating that it has reasonable confidence that all the required grid upgrades for a project have been approved and will be ready on time. The Notice to Proceed is intended to provide the contract holder with the certainty needed to begin building the project.

NRCan: Natural Resources Canada is the Ministry responsible for natural resources, energy, minerals, metal, forest, earth sciences, mapping and remote sensing. NRCan works to ensure the responsible development of Canada's natural resources.

NWPA: Navigable Waters Protection Act ensures public access to and efficient use of our waterways.

OAIA: Ontario Association for Impact Assessment

OBBA: Ontario Breeding Birds Atlas is a resource used to inform recovery plans for species at risk, environmental assessments and land use planning.

OCWA: Ontario Clean Water Agency is mandated t provide water and sewage works related services to protect human health and the environment.

OEB: Ontario Energy Board regulates natural gas and electricity utilities in the province of Ontario.

PC: Parks Canada protects and present nationally significant examples fo Canada's natural and cultural heritage and foster public understanding that ensure ecological and commemorative integrity for present and future generations.

PFP: Participant Funding Program is a program designed and administered by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency to provide funding to individuals and groups to help them effectively participate at key stages of a comprehensive study, mediation, and assessment by a review panel or assessment by a joint review panel.

PLA: Public Lands Act gives authority to the Ministry of Natural Resources to manage Crown Land in Ontario.

PPA: Power Purchase Agreement is a contract between two parties, one who generates electricity for the purpose of sale ( the seller) and one who is looking to purchase electricity (the buyer). There are various forms of Power Purchase Agreements; these are differentiated by the source of energy harnessed (solar, wind, water, etc.) Financing for the project coming into effect, when the project will begin commercial operation, and a termination date for which the contract may be renewed or abandoned.

Private Sector: The private sector includes all for-profit businesses that are not owned or operated by the government.

Proponent: the person who proposes or carries out the project or is the owner or person having control or management of the project.

PWGSC: Public Works Government of Canada is mandated as a common service agency for the Government of Canada's various departments, agencies and boards.

RA: Responsible Authority is the branch of or a agency of Government having authority and responsibility for a particular matter.

REA: Renewable Energy Approval is the process for approving renewable energy projects in Ontario.

Resource Assessment: An assessment of resource for fuel requirements for a proposed project. For example, a wind resource assessment will include setting up a meteorological tower to obtain wind data, assessing design and layout and energy yield predications and requirements for different technologies.

RETScreen: Clean Energy Project Analysis Software is computer software provided free-of-charge by the Government of Canada that can be used to identify and assess potential energy projects. RETScreen provides free training modules both with the software and on the website.

ROI: Return on Investment is the amount of profit made after investment cost and other costs have been recouped.

ROR: Run of River is a type of hydroelectric generation whereby little or no water storage is provided and is subject to seasonal river flows and serves as a peaking power plant.

SAR: Species at Risk is a plant or animal in danger of extinction or of disappearing from the province.

SARA: Species at Risk Act the acts purpose is to prevent wildlife species in Canada from disappearing, to provide for the recovery of wildlife that is endangered, threatened as a result of human activity and to manage species of special concern.

SEA: Strategic Environmental Assessment is the systematic and comprehensive process of evaluating the environmental effects of a policy, plan or program and its alternatives, as described in The Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals.

Stakeholder: A party that has an interest in a project. The primary stakeholder in a typical corporation is its investors, employees, customers and suppliers but also includes community, government and trade associations.

Supply Mix: The different types of fuel that are used to produce electricity in a particular jurisdiction. Normally, the mix is expressed in terms of the proportion of each type within the overall amount of energy produced.

TC: Transport Canada is the department of government which is responsible for developing regulations, policies and services of transportation in Canada.

TEK: Traditional Ecological Knowledge is a body of knowledge built up by a group of people through generations of living in close contact with nature.

Trigger: circumstances obliging a prescribed body or a federal authority to ensure that an environmental assessment is conducted under the Environmental Assessment Act or its regulations. Under the Act there are four types of federal support triggers that oblige a federal authority to ensure that an environmental assessment of the project is conducted before irrevocable decisions are made.

Transmission System: A system for conveying electricity at voltages greater than 50 kilovolts.

TS: Transformer Station is a subsidiary of an electrical generation, transmission and distribution system where voltage is transformed from high to low or the reverse using transformers.

WMP: Water Management Plan sets out the roles and responsibilities of waterpower participants and proponents.

Disclaimer

  1. This Continuum is a guideline only, each project is different and will be funded as such, this tool does not guarantee that any project in part or whole will be funded and users should check with program site and officers for specifics
  2. Application approval times are based on proper completion of documentation; projects times may vary depending on individual projects. Please speak to a program officer at the various agencies for your specific project.
  3. Programs may provide funding in multiple phases however they are not multiyear funding, communities and applicants need to be aware if they are applying for a program in the early stages, the program may not be available in later stages.
  4. Programs that fund later stages of development may be ended or fully allocated if applicants wait to apply. Please check with program officers at the various agencies for submission times.
  5. Please note that if a funding programs appear across the continuum it does not mean it is multiyear funding or that it will fund every stage, it means it may fund activities in that phase. 

This continuum is meant to be a quick reference guide to assist potential applicants in finding applicable funding programs only. Funding approvals will depend on individual projects and amount of funding remaining in the individual program envelope.

The WPWG will strive to update the Continuum with the most recent information however users should always refer directly to the funding agency website for the most current information.

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Concept 1-3 months (Year 1, Months 1-3)

  • Basic site hydrology and hydraulics (flow, head)
  • Flow metering
  • Overall sizing of project i.e. MW
  • Initial RETScreen feasibility analysis Assessment of infrastructure: proximity to roads and transmission/distribution lines.

Pre-feasibility 2-4 months (Year 1, Months 1-6)

  • General information gathering focused on basic technical and financial needs and potential barriers
  • History of river usage, fish and wildlife habitat
  • Flow metering
  • Estimate energy potential (MWh)
  • Identify the opportunity land ownership (Federal, First Nations, Private)
  • MNR crown land site release proposals e.g., Competitive, or Direct
  • Federal lands Priority Permit applications
  • Land title searches for other lands required
  • Identify potentially affected Aboriginal communities
  • Identify and pursue project team requirements for feasibility study
  • Identify connection point and evaluate distribution / transmission capacity at connection point.

Feasibility 8-12 months (Year 1, Months 1-12)

  • Firm up site control (crown land site release and other land tenure)
  • Identify connection point and evaluate distribution / transmission capacity at connection point.
  • OPA FIT Application
  • Development budget
  • Financial analysis (energy production, revenue and operation cost forecasting)
  • Regulatory requirements analysis - local, provincial and federal
  • Source equity funds
  • Develop business partnership agreements - private, public
  • Form Joint-Venture or Co-operative
  • Conceptual / preliminary design
  • Tender and award contracts for project consultant team for EA, engineering, project management
  • Flow metering
Please be advised that this stage and the Permitting and Approval stage may overlap and the actual order of these processes may vary depending on individual projects due to environmental assessments, approvals, permitting and design requirements.

Design and Development Years 1-3 (1-2 Years)

  • Finalize land tenure
  • Preliminary design
  • Surveys, geotechnical investigations, hydrological, and hydraulic modeling
  • Detailed design and engineering
  • Connection engineering (post CCRA)
  • Tendering of generating equipment supply and installation
  • Develop business model
  • Develop business relationships - finalize Partnership Agreements etc.
  • Source project financing
  • OPA FIT Notice to Proceed requirements
Please be advised that this stage and the Design and Development stage may overlap and the actual order of these processes may vary depending on individual projects due to environmental assessments, approvals, permitting and design requirements.

Permitting and Approval Years 1-3 (1-2 Years)

  • Environmental Assessment (field studies, consultation, report preparation)
  • Permitting regulatory permits and approvals (Location Approval, PTTW, Plans & Specs, FAA, NWPA)
  • Connection Impact Assessment CIA / System Impact Assessment SIA, negotiate CCRA
  • Finalize land tenure

Construction and Commissioning Years 3-5 (1-3 Years)

  • Construction tender
  • Engineering (if design-build type model)
  • Generating equipment manufacturing and installation
  • Testing and commissioning
  • Construction of project development elements
    • access roads
    • dams and water intake structures
    • canals and penstock pipelines
    • powerhouse buildings, generating equipment and controls, and
    • transmission lines to the grid connection point
  • Grid connection testing
  • Insurance
  • Construction financing costs and loan conversion (interest costs, legal etc.)
  • Construction inspection / supervision

Construction takes from 1 to 3 years depending on the size and complexity of the project. Winter weather, spring floods, wildlife needs all impact timing of construction. The lead time required to order equipment (turbines, generators and controls) can be 1 year or longer.

Operation and maintenance (Year 5 - onwards)

  • Electricity Generators License
  • construction loan principal and interest payments
  • insurance
  • repairs and maintenance
  • operations personnel
  • environmental monitoring
  • administration
● Experienced proponents and project partners or contractors with track records in construction and operation.
● An agreement in place to purchase energy in the case of generation projects or regulatory approvals in the case of transmission projects.
● Financial plan submitted by the applicant that is satisfactory to the Province.
● Loan agreement for the guaranteed loan with a lender financial institution satisfactory to the Province and ancillary documents, on terms and conditions that are satisfactory to the Province.
● Confirmation of support of the Aboriginal community for the project and the loan guarantee (for example, a Band Council Resolution).
● Security pledged in support of the guaranteed loan, satisfactory to the Province.
● Satisfactory review of terms and conditions of senior project financing by the Province.
● Satisfactory review of the financial status of the applicant and any project partners by the Province.
● Project agreements in place for supply, construction, management, operation and connection, and corporate structure satisfactory to the Province, including partnership or joint venture agreements.