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BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative

About the BC ICEI

The New Relationship Trust will implement the British Columbia Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative (BC ICEI) to provide support and capacity-building funds to Indigenous communities working on the development of clean energy projects by:

  • Fostering Indigenous community awareness, engagement, and capacity to participate in clean energy projects;
  • Providing pathfinding support to help BC Indigenous communities navigate development processes and leverage other federal, provincial, and regional clean energy supports, including funding;
  • Facilitating private sector engagement and partnerships critical to moving clean energy projects forward; and
  • Providing early stage funding to BC Indigenous communities working to advance clean energy projects.

The initiative will provide support for the planning and implementation of clean energy projects, such as hydro, wind, biomass, solar, marine, or geothermal projects. BC ICEI will also target energy efficiency projects, and energy storage, as well as assist some remote communities in reducing dependency on conventional diesel power generation. The BC ICEI funding will support projects that follow community engagement (such as a community energy plan). This includes activities needed to secure a private sector partner or an electricity purchase agreement with BC Hydro, or attract debt financing, to enable the actual construction of the project..

The BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative is delivered in partnership with Western Economic Diversification Canada. BC ICEI is informed through recommendations and advice from the BC ICEI Advisory Committee, made up of representatives from federal and provincial government, Indigenous leaders, and private sector stakeholders.

Project Funding Categories

Eligible BC ICEI projects could receive support through contributions typically in the range of $75,000 to $150,000 in assisted project costs. Applicants may be eligible for additional funding under subsequent intakes. Categories of eligible activities include:

  1. Feasibility and Site Selection
    Activities conducted to assess the project in detail, such that a decision can be made on proceeding with the project. Feasibility and site selection activities include: hydrologic assessment, wind monitoring, resource assessments, archaeological overview assessment, preliminary designs, business plans, detailed cost estimates, etc.
  2. Environmental Review and Permitting
    Development activities for this stage include: costs for such items as applying for and obtaining permits and approvals (including those necessary to create a Development Plan as required by the BC government), land surveys and land rights, etc.
  3. Project Design and Engineering
    Project design and engineering activities for this stage include: issuing tender documents for the purpose of selecting contractors, negotiating and establishing contracts, as well as interconnection studies, electricity project management, legal agreements, financing fees, initial construction activities, financial modeling, etc.
  4. Demand Side Management
    Conservation and efficiency activities designed to manage demand for energy. Examples of such activities include: energy performance modeling to establish a path for compliance with environmental building codes or standards, studies related to the design of energy efficient building systems or models, etc.


  • Governments of self-governing First Nations;
  • Tribal Councils or groups of two or more First Nations;
  • Indigenous for profit and not-for-profit corporations, partnerships, associations, cooperatives and institutions which are majority owned and controlled by Indigenous People.

Application Process

STEP 1 Read the BC ICEI Application Guidelines

STEP 2 Complete all fields of the BC ICEI Application Form (electronically or manually)

STEP 3 Save the completed BC ICEI Application with the following filename format:

STEP 4 Prepare supporting documentation to submit with the BC ICEI Application

STEP 5 Submit your complete application package (BC ICEI Application and all necessary supporting documentation) to the New Relationship Trust:


New Relationship Trust
Attention: Savanah Seaton
1008 – 100 Park Royal South
West Vancouver, B.C.
V7T 1A2

Fax: 604-925-3348

The 2017-18 call for applications is schedule to open on April 19th. 


Savanah Seaton
BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative (ICEI) Coordinator
New Relationship Trust

Telephone: 604-925-3338
Toll-Free: 1-877-922-3338
Fax: 604-925-3348



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