Energy-efficiency programs for Indigenous communities

We’re always looking for opportunities to help customers save energy and money to help ensure a cleaner, healthier tomorrow for all British Columbians. To address the unique needs of Indigenous communities, we offer personal support, custom rebates and free upgrades for homes, administration offices and community buildings.

Programs for homes

Rebates and support are available when the community or individual community members are making energy-efficiency improvements and/or upgrades to their homes. Rebates are also available when building a new home. We can also facilitate and sponsor a community dinner or lunch session on conservation and energy-efficiency opportunities for community members.

Program1RebateDescription
Indigenous Communities Conservation Program2variesCommunities can get support to implement home energy upgrades (insulation, windows and doors, furnaces, water heaters and more) for their community members. For more information contact conservationassistance@fortisbc.com or call 1-866-884-8833 and select option 4.
Energy Saving Kit2free for income-qualifiedReceive a free kit full of energy-saving products you can install yourself.
Energy Conservation Assistance2free for income-qualifiedCommunity members may receive a free home energy evaluation and installation of energy-efficient products. Funding support is also available to help administer and promote the program to residents.
New Home for Indigenous communitiesvariesRebates for building high-performance single family, duplex or townhouse homes.
High-efficiency natural gas furnace2Up to $3,000Install an eligible furnace between 95 and 99 per cent AFUE; add a connected thermostat for an additional $150 rebate.
High-efficiency natural gas boiler2$2,000Install an eligible boiler at least 94 per cent AFUE; add a connected thermostat for an additional $150 rebate.
High-efficiency natural gas water heater2$500 or $2,500Install an eligible storage tank or tankless water heater.

Programs for community buildings

Rebates and support are available when making energy-efficiency upgrades to community buildings such as administration offices, health and recreation centres, schools and daycares. These rebates are also available for new construction projects except where indicated.

Program1RebateDescription
Commercial performance for existing buildingsvariesFor existing community buildings, this program can help you develop custom energy-efficiency solutions to help reduce energy use.
Commercial performance new construction up to $500,000Rebates available when constructing community buildings, such as mixed-use and multi-unit residential buildings that achieve a higher energy performance than minimum BC Building Code.
High-efficiency natural gas boilers up to $75,000Rebates available for eligible commercial boilers.
High-efficiency natural gas furnace up to $1,000Install an eligible furnace between 95 and 99 per cent AFUE; add a connected thermostat for an additional $150 rebate (Note: only for existing small commercial buildings.)
High-efficiency natural gas water heaters up to $21,000Rebates available for eligible commercial water heaters.
Social Housing RetrofitvariesFunding is available for energy studies to identify appropriate upgrades, as well as implementation funding to help ensure upgrades meet quality standards. (Note: only for existing apartment buildings)

The following programs are only available to FortisBC electricity customers.

Program1RebateDescription
Commercial lightingup to $185 per unitRebates available for high-efficiency LED lighting, signage and controls installed in common areas of community buildings.
Electric heat pump water heater$1,000 per unitRebates available for ENERGY STAR® certified heat pump water heaters.
Electric air source heat pumpup to $600 per tonRebates available for cold climate and packaged terminal heat pumps.
Foodservice and laundry up to $6,600 per unitRebates available for ENERGY STAR cooking equipment, dishwashers, clothes washers and ventilation systems installed in a community kitchen and/or laundry facility.
Refrigeration equipmentup to $1,450 per unitRebates available for ENERGY STAR refrigerators, freezers, display cases, motor systems, controls and ice machines.

We’re here to help

If you have questions about any of our services and rebates for Indigenous communities, please contact Carol Suhan, FortisBC program manager by calling 250-469-8116 or emailing carol.suhan@fortisbc.com.

PAR Committed

1Terms and conditions apply, which can be found on webpages for each program. FortisBC may modify or cancel programs at any time without notice.
2Only for income-qualified households. For example, a family of four with an annual income of $62,600 or less would qualify.