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FortisBC - Indigenous Communities Conservation Program

Program Category: Built Environment
Program Sub-Category: Energy Efficiency (Housing / Buildings), Asset Management
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Status: Open



Funder Organization Type

  • Utility

FortisBC’s Indigenous Communities Conservation Program (ICCP) includes two program offers to help improve the energy efficiency of homes in Indigenous communities. The ICCP is designed for Indigenous communities that are coordinating home energy upgrades in multiple homes for their community members. 
Communities may take part in one or both program offers. 
The ICCP Home Energy Check-up offer includes free energy-saving products and training for community members and/or staff to install the energy-saving products and assess the home for additional energy efficiency opportunities. 
The ICCP Home Energy Upgrade Rebates offer includes funding and installation training support for Indigenous communities that are looking to make larger energy efficiency upgrades to homes in their community. Upgrades include:
  • Insulation, windows and doors
  • Ventilation
  • Health and safety upgrades
  • Primary space heating
  • Water heating
  • Replacement of old inefficient refrigerators and freezers (for homes with a FortisBC electricity account)
Note: for homes in climate zones 4 and 5, furnaces and boilers must be installed by December 31, 2023 to qualify for rebates.
Please visit FortisBC’s Indigenous Communities Conservation Program website for more details on how the program works, eligibility requirements and rebate amounts.

Eligible Community

All Indigenous communities within FortisBC’s service area are eligible to participate. This program is ideal for Indigenous communities who are planning to conduct home renovations (or are already in the process of making upgrades) and are looking for support to improve energy efficiency.

Funding Stacking Restrictions


Professional Input Required


Specific Eligibility Requirements

FortisBC rebates are available if the homes are heated by natural gas or electricity supplied by FortisBC.
Note: BC Hydro offers similar rebates for homes heated by electricity supplied by BC Hydro.

Other Eligible Applicants

Indigenous Organizations

Type of Funding

  • Support (e.g. consulting management)
  • Rebates

Range of Funding Available per Project

  • Under $100 000
  • From $100 000 to $1 000 000

Description of Funding

Funding and resources are available for:
  • Free energy saving products
  • Salary and training for energy saving product installers
  • Rebates for home energy upgrades/renovations

Percentage of Project Funded

Rebate maximums apply for eligible upgrades. 

Eligible Costs

Equipment/Material Purchase
Capacity Building for the Community
Awareness and Education

Ineligible Costs

Any costs incurred prior to signing a funding agreement
Building Purchase Costs
Administration Fees
Project Management
Staff Costs
Land Acquisition

Reporting Requirements

Final report only