Jun. 03, 2021

Northern REACHE Program


Article by Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada


During the coronavirus outbreak, some communities may not be in a position to submit a proposal to access funding.

  • We continue to accept project proposals for the 2020 to 2021 fiscal year
  • If you are a current recipient whose project has been affected by the outbreak, we can help

Contact us at aadnc.northernreache.aandc@canada.ca for more information.

About the program

The Northern Responsible Energy Approach for Community Heat and Electricity program, also called the Northern REACHE program, funds renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, and related capacity building and planning in:

  • Yukon
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nunavut
  • Nunavik
  • Nunatsiavut

The program objective is to reduce Northern communities' reliance on diesel for heating and electricity by increasing the use of local renewable energy sources and energy efficiency. This will result in environmental, social and economic benefits to support developing healthier, more sustainable Northern communities.

Eligible projects will focus on proven technologies such as:

  • solar
  • wind
  • energy storage
  • hydro
  • biomass heating
  • residual heat recovery
  • LED lighting

Priority is given to projects that:

  • have a higher likelihood of being built and becoming operational
  • include strong Indigenous or community leadership, engagement, or partnerships

The program works closely with regional stakeholders to identify, prioritize and fund projects.

Budget 2016 announced, starting in 2016-2017:

  • $10.7 million over two years to implement renewable energy projects in off-grid Indigenous and northern communities that rely on diesel and other fossil fuels to generate heat and power

Budget 2017 announced, starting in 2018-2019:

  • $53.5 million over ten years to implement renewable energy projects in off-grid Indigenous and northern communities that rely on diesel and other fossil fuels to generate heat and power

Who can apply?

  • First Nation and Inuit communities
  • First Nation and Inuit development corporations
  • municipalities
  • Indigenous organizations
  • territorial governments and their organizations
  • regional governments
  • not-for-profit organizations
  • modern land claim organizations
  • First Nation self-government

Deadlines

There is no deadline to apply. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

How to apply?

Consult the guide for applicants, then contact the program by email at aadnc.northernreache.aandc@canada.ca or by phone via the Public Enquiries Contact Centre at 1-800-567-9604.

Previously selected projects

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