BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative

BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative


About the BCICEI

The New Relationship Trust will implement the British Columbia Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative (BCICEI) 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. The BCICEI will also target energy efficiency projects and energy storage, as well as assist some remote communities in reducing dependency on conventional diesel power generation. Funding will support community projects, targeting activities following completion of community engagement (such as a community energy plan); this includes activities needed to secure a private sector partner, an electricity purchase agreement with BC Hydro, or attract debt financing to enable the actual construction of the project.

The BCICEI is delivered in partnership with Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD). The three-year funding for BCICEI, totaling $4.2 million, was established through the Strategic Partnerships Initiative (SPI). The BCICEI is informed through recommendations and advice from the BCICEI Advisory Committee, made up of representatives from federal and provincial government, Indigenous leaders, and private sector stakeholders.


BCICEI Funding


2018 Funding Priorities

Demand for BCICEI funds is high, therefore priority will go to project applications that:

  • Demonstrate readiness and viability through agreements and/or partnerships;
  • Create opportunities for communities to gain experience and build capacity with clean energy or energy efficiency project development, including pilot projects; and/or
  • Support clean energy development in remote, off-grid, or diesel dependent communities.

Project Funding Categories

Eligible BCICEI projects could receive support through contributions up to $150,000 in assisted project costs; project support levels will be determined based on demand for funds and the strength of applications. Categories of project development phases under BCICEI include:

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.

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.

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, pre-construction activities, financial modeling, etc.

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.



  • Indigenous Communities, including 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 communities.

BCICEI Application Process

Read the BCICEI Application Guidelines, which also contains our Frequently Asked Questions on page 12.


Complete all fields of the BCICEI Application Form (electronically or manually) BCICEI Application Form (word) or BCICEI Application Form (PDF).

If submitting electronically, save the completed BCICEI Application with the following filename format: ApplicantName_BCICEI_ddmmyy.doc


Prepare supporting documentation to submit with the BCICEI Application as a complete application package (see sections 4 and 5.2 of the BCICEI Application Guidelines)


Email or mail (fax submissions not accepted) the completed BCICEI Application Form and all necessary supporting documentation to the New Relationship Trust:

Email: [email protected]

New Relationship Trust
Attention: Cole Sayers

3188 Alder Court

North Vancouver, BC

V7H 2V6

For more information on funding programs and other resources that may be of interest to BCICEI applicants, see the funding alternatives and resources listed here: Alternatives and Resources

The application process is now closed. Please check back in April 2019 for an update.


Cole Sayers
BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative (ICEI) Coordinator
New Relationship Trust

Tel: 604.925.3338
Toll-Free: 1.877.922.3338
Email: [email protected]


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