Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities: BioHeat, Demonstration & Deployment Program Streams

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What you need: Request for proposals

This program is seeking proposals to reduce the reliance of rural and remote communities on diesel fuel for heat and power. The program, which plans to support a suite of diverse projects across Canada, will be evaluated against a range of criteria. Proposals will need to demonstrate local community support and outline the community benefits of the project, particularly for Indigenous communities. The project must fit into one of the following streams:

Program streams:

  • BioHeat to reduce fossil fuel use through the installation, retrofit or investigation into the feasibility of biomass heating or combined heat and power systems for community and/or industrial applications.
  • Innovative demonstrations to reduce diesel use through the validation of novel renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage, and smart-grid technologies and applications.
  • Deployment of renewable energy technologies for electricity including hydro, wind, solar, geothermal, and bioenergy. Heat may also be produced, but the primary purpose of the project must be electricity production.

There is a separate call for preliminary proposals for Capacity-Building Activities to support development and delivery of knowledge and skills in an effort to reduce diesel dependency that go beyond a specific project..

Submitting a proposal:

Step 1

Applicants should submit the Registration Form for Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities using the ‘Register now’ button below.

Step 2

An applicant guide with instructions, and template will be emailed to you once your submission has been processed.

Step 3

Applicants must submit the proposal and provide any other required documents that support the request for funding.


Proposals received:

  • By April 12, 2018, (23:59 EDT)
    Applicants may request a half hour phone call to ask questions related to their submission.
  • By May 3, 2018, (23:59 EDT)
    Submissions will be reviewed for completeness and applicants will be notified of missing documentation.
  • After May 3, 2018, (23:59 EDT)
    Submissions will be reviewed as is.

The deadline for submission is May 17, 2018, (23:59 EDT) to be considered for funding in the first year (2018–19) of the program.

Following the deadline for first year funding (May 17, 2018) the program will have a continuous intake process until all funding has been allocated. The program will notify applicants on this web page, once the continuous intake process is closed.

Natural Resources Canada recommends applicants keep a record of the date and time their proposal was submitted.

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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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Q&A opportunities:


Materials from the Clear Energy for Rural and Remote Communities Program Webinar

NRCan hosted a webinar to introduce our program and provide an overview of the three components.

CERRC Webinar Presentation


Regional In-person sessions
In-person sessions will convey information about the program, eligibility and timelines. NRCan will communicate the dates of these sessions when finalized.

Phone Calls
Applicants who submit the project proposal before April 12, 2018, (23:59 EDT) may request a half hour phone call with NRCan program staff conducted on a first-come, first-served basis as program resources allow.

Learn about other Government of Canada initiatives to reduce reliance on diesel.

Paper versions of the applicant guide and application are available upon request. If you would prefer to receive a paper copy, please contact the program team.