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

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The First Call for Proposals under the CERRC BioHeat, Demonstration & Deployment Program Streams is now closed following the submission deadline of 23:59 EST, May 17, 2018.

Did you submit before May 17th? Proposal selection will be completed by an Expert Panel by late Summer 2018. Applicants will be informed of their status once the selection process has been completed.

If you didn’t meet the May 17th deadline, CERRC offers a Continuous Intake for proposals. Please register below and prepare your application materials in advance of our next review period (late October 2018).

Background and how to apply:

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.

Submitting a proposal:

Step 1

Applicants should submit the Registration Form for Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities using the ‘Request the Applicant’s Guide’ 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 to NRCAN Remote Energy.


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

Request the Applicant's Guide

Please review instructions and requirements in the Applicants’ Guide for the documents and information required, and page limits that have been specified. Please make sure that your application provides all information requested to ensure your proposal can be fully assessed. When attaching additional documents, please reference these documents in your application and provide details on how they help fulfill program requirements.

Did you submit a proposal by May 17th?

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

If not, CERRC offers a continuous intake for proposals as of May 18th: The program will continue to accept proposals, and will conduct reviews at various times during the year. To submit a project application follow the steps described above, under ‘Submit a Proposal’.

Our next review will likely occur in the fall (late October) of 2018. Once a date is selected, details on submission will be provided on this website and emailed to people that have registered for the application material. Should application materials and process change, applicants will be notified by email.

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 Clean 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

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.