Government of Canada, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) – Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways (SREPs) Program: Capacity Building Stream


Through the SREPs capacity building stream, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) will provide funding for projects that build knowledge and skills related to renewable energy and grid modernization technologies, and also support equity, diversity and inclusion activities. These projects will enable communities and individuals to participate in the Canadian electricity and energy sector’s transition to low carbon.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to 100% of eligible expenses, to a maximum of $5 million for each project.

Applicants can combine other sources of Government of Canada funding (federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal), up to 100% of total project costs.

The program anticipates that the requested funding for a project will vary based on its size, scope, timeline and funding obtained from other partners.


Applicants must be:

  • Canadian legal entities (such as for-profit and not-for-profit);
  • provincial, territorial, regional or municipal government organizations;
  • Indigenous communities or organizations.

Projects must meet one or more of the following program objectives:

  • enhance equity, diversity and inclusion in the electricity and renewable energy sector in Canada;
  • increase Indigenous Peoples’ leadership and participation in, ownership of, and benefits from renewable energy projects;
  • generate economic and social benefits related to the electricity and renewable energy sector for underrepresented groups or communities;
  • lead to more renewable energy projects, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and increased electricity system reliability.

Applications Steps:

Applicants must:

An automatic reply will inform applicants that their submission has been received. Applicants who do not receive an automatic message, should send a separate email to the program mailbox. All applicants will receive a funding decision by email. Please refer to Supplementary Information for service standards and notification timelines. If support is needed while completing the proposal process, please contact us at:

Other Things to Note:

  1. Program funding is available for projects until March 31, 2025. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) expects to issue two request for proposals under the Capacity Building stream of SREPs.
  2. The 1st Call for Proposals under the Capacity Building stream of the Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program (SREPs) is now closed, a 2nd call for proposals is expected in the future.
  3. Examples of capacity building projects
  • a) Knowledge building and sharing: training and curriculum development, workshops, engagement activities, peer-to-peer networks, and knowledge tools.
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion: Mentoring, apprenticeships, skills development and training to create equal opportunities for underrepresented groups.
  • Studies: community energy planning, options analysis, research, feasibility, engineering, environmental, and resource assessments.

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