Indigenous Communities Conservation Program

The BC Hydro Indigenous Communities Conservation Program and the FortisBC Indigenous Communities Conversation Program are for Indigenous communities and housing providers that want to upgrade and retrofit their residential homes to improve comfort, affordability and climate resiliency.


The Indigenous Communities Conservation Program (ICCP) includes free energy-saving products, salary funding, and training for community members (or staff) in how to install the products and complete a basic home condition assessment. The ICCP also offers rebates for larger energy efficiency upgrades to the building envelope (insulation, windows & doors), primary space and water heating, and replacement of inefficient appliances.


The program is designed for Indigenous communities that are coordinating home energy upgrades in multiple homes for their community members.

Indigenous Communities Conservation Program


Rebate amount

Rebates vary depending on program stream and selected upgrades

Who can apply

Indigenous communities or Indigenous housing providers located in BC Hydro’s or FortisBC’s service territory


There is no deadline to apply

Qualifying products

Training, free energy-saving products and rebates for home energy efficiency upgrades for Indigenous community homes

Funding provided by

BC Hydro, FortisBC

Rebate amount

The Indigenous Communities Conservation Program includes two program offers to help improve the energy efficiency of homes in Indigenous communities. You can take part in one or both program offers depending on what kind of energy upgrades you’re looking to complete.



The Home Energy Check-up includes:

  • Free energy-saving products (including LED light bulbs, water-saving fixtures for the kitchen and bathroom, and various draft-proofing measures)
  • Training for community members and/or staff in how to install the products and complete a basic home condition assessment
  • Salary support to hire community members to complete the work
$150 per participating home plus a training stipend.
Home Energy Upgrade Rebates offer funding support for Indigenous communities that are looking to make larger energy efficiency upgrades to homes in their community.

Rebates are available for the following eligible upgrades:

  • Air sealing, insulation, windows and doors
  • Ventilation*
  • Health and safety upgrades*
  • Primary space heating
  • Water heating
  • Replacement of old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers

* A home must receive rebate-eligible building envelope upgrades in at least one category (e.g., insulation, windows, doors) to qualify for the health and safety or ventilation rebates.

Rebate varies by upgrade type

Eligibility requirements

In order to qualify for these offers, all of the following requirements must be met:

  • Homes must be located in BC Hydro’s or FortisBC’s service territory
    Upgrades must be delivered by an Indigenous Governing Body (IGB) or Indigenous housing provider
  • For BC Hydro support, homes must be existing BC Hydro customers with primary electric heating
  • For FortisBC support, homes must be existing FortisBC electric customers or homes with primary natural gas heating (provided by FortisBC)


There is no deadline to apply.

How to apply

  • BC Hydro and FortisBC work directly with communities and housing providers to assist with the application process. The applicant will designate a Project Lead who will coordinate and deliver upgrades to the homes with the support of a project coordinator from FortisBC or BC Hydro.
  • The Project Lead will be responsible for:
    • Ordering free energy-saving products for homes through BC Hydro.
    • Hiring or identifying individuals to complete the training and install the energy-saving products (with salary support from BC Hydro and FortisBC).
    • Coordinating the training for community members or staff.
    • Coordinating home visits where trained individuals will complete the Home Energy Check-up.
    • Enrolling renovation projects with BC Hydro and FortisBC and applying for rebates on eligible upgrades that have been installed.
  • Training will be provided to all Project Leads and community members or staff in:
    • Home Energy Check-up project management (Project Leads only)
    • Completing basic home condition assessments and installing energy-saving products in homes.

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