Smart Grid Program

The Call for Proposals under the Smart Grid Component of EIP is now closed following the submission deadline of 23:59 EST, March 4, 2018.

Proposal selection will be completed by an Expert Panel by early Summer 2018. Applicants will be informed of their status once the selection process has been completed.

Program Background

Up to $100 million will be invested for utility-led projects to reduce GHG emissions, better utilize existing electricity assets and foster innovation and clean jobs for:

  • demonstration of smart grid technologies
  • deployment of smart grid integrated systems

Do you qualify?

The request for proposals was open to:

  • legal entities formed in Canada, including: electricity and gas utilities, electricity system operators, transmission system owners and operators (including provincial Crown corporations, agencies, co-operatives, Indigenous and municipally owned) and local distribution companies as direct or ultimate recipients; and
  • provincial, territorial, regional and municipal governments and their departments and agencies where applicable as initial recipients.

Frequently Asked Questions

A list of commonly asked questions and their answers will be maintained on this site. It will be updated as often as required. Please click here to go to the FAQs.


Materials from the Smart Grid Program Webinar

NRCan hosted a webinar to provide feedback on responses to the Project Concept Questionnaire and overview of the Applicant Guide.

For a copy of the presentation and link to the recording please email the program.

Why is Canada investing in Smart Grids?

Smart grids help ensure safer and more secure delivery of electricity, provide foundations for new market structures and a higher quality of service for customers. They are a key enabler for GHG mitigation as they increase the hosting capacity of renewable generation, improve asset utilization and increase resiliency. Benefits of smart grids include:

  • better utilizing the existing capacity of electricity assets
  • increasing the penetration of renewable generation
  • increasing the reliability, resiliency and flexibility of the power system
  • maintaining cyber security
  • reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • creating jobs

NRCan reserves the right to alter the currently envisaged process, funding amounts and deadlines, or to cancel the entire application process at its sole discretion. Any changes will be communicated to registered applicants via email.