Northern REACHE Program

Supporting northern and Indigenous communities in their transition to renewable, sustainable and affordable sources of energy. Northern REACHE is a part of Wah-ila-toos, a new way to improve community access to federal clean energy programming.

New funding available

In April 2022, the Government of Canada announced $300 million in funding to support communities launching clean energy projects such as wind, solar, geothermal, hydro and biomass along with a new, streamlined service model for communities seeking to access resources and clean energy funding. This initiative, newly gifted the name Wah-ila-toos in a traditional naming ceremony, is a partnership between Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) and Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), with support from Infrastructure Canada, and Environment and Climate Change Canada.

To learn more about the types of projects we're funding, who can apply and how we're working, visit Wah-ila-toos: Funding opportunities.

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About the program

The Northern Responsible Energy Approach for Community Heat and Electricity program, also called the Northern REACHE program, funds renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, and related capacity building and planning in:

The program objective is to reduce Northern communities' reliance on diesel for heating and electricity by increasing the use of local renewable energy sources and energy efficiency. This will result in environmental, social and economic benefits to support developing healthier, more sustainable Northern communities.

Investing in clean energy solutions in Indigenous communities is an important link to energy security, reconciliation and self-determination for Indigenous peoples.

Funding for hydroelectricity feasibility and planning

Announced in Budget 2021, Northern REACHE will provide $40.4 million, until 2024, to support the feasibility and planning stages of hydroelectricity and grid interconnection projects in the North.

You can contact us at for more information or to request an application guide.

There is no deadline to apply. We review applications on an ongoing basis.

Changing how we work to support community priorities

Wah-ila-toos is committed to improving community access to federal clean energy funding and resources. To make funding more accessible for Indigenous and remote communities, multiple departments are changing the way we work. Funding is available through a new single-window initiative, Clean energy in Indigenous, rural and remote communities.

What does this mean for applicants?

  • Common application that you can submit to any Wah-ila-toos program, including Northern REACHE and Natural Resources Canada's Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities Program (CERRC)
  • Simplified project reporting
  • More flexible terms and conditions
  • Indigenous Council to guide our work
  • On-going conversations and information sessions to improve program delivery and work towards Indigenous climate leadership

Previously funded projects

Since 2016, Northern REACHE has funded 140 projects and invested over $29 million in capacity building, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Learn more about what type of projects Northern REACHE has funded:


Budget 2017 announced, starting in 2018 to 2019:

In 2020, Canada's Strengthened Climate Plan announced, starting in 2021 to 2022:

Budget 2021 announced, starting in 2021 to 2022:

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