Partnering for energy efficiency in Indigenous communities

We’re always looking for ways to help customers save energy, ensuring a lower-carbon future for all British Columbians. By partnering with Indigenous communities we can address the energy efficiency of homes, administration offices and other buildings in First Nations communities.

Can homes be more efficient and comfortable?

In general, most homes and community buildings in Indigenous communities are typical of First Nations’ housing built between the 1960s and 1980s. During that time, construction occurred with little consideration for energy efficiency. We work together with Indigenous community members to understand what energy-efficiency improvements are needed in specific communities and how FortisBC’s programs and rebates can assist with managing the costs of the improvements.

By accessing our funding support, the Osoyoos Indian Band provided energy evaluations for all on-reserve housing, the results of which determined the retrofits needed for each home. The Band also received rebates* for insulation, air sealing, heat pumps, heat pump water heaters and appliances. Read how the Osoyoos Indian Band and others found unique ways to improve energy efficiency in their homes.

*Terms and conditions apply, which can be found on webpages for each program. FortisBC may modify or cancel programs at any time without notice.