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Energy Manager program for Small and Medium Enterprises

Limited time offer

Looking to lower your energy use, operating costs and emissions while boosting your competitiveness at the same time? Get incentives to hire an energy manager or complete an energy assessment for your business.

Please note: This is a limited time offer with limited funding available. Applicants will be considered on a first come, first-served basis.

Program Background

The Energy Manager Program for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) will increase capacity for SMEs to identify and adopt energy-efficiency opportunities in their business through the hiring of energy managers.  Energy Managers in the program provide the tools and expertise required for developing and implementing energy strategies in the facilities where they are embedded.  The program will also help to overcome barriers associated with implementing and executing energy-savings projects by providing detailed energy assessments to participants. 

The IESO and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) are working together to fund this program as part of NRCan's Energy Manager Program. This offering will build on the successes of the IESO's existing Energy Manager program by investing NRCan’s funding contribution towards broadening the offer to businesses and facilities that don’t typically qualify due to minimum size eligibility requirements.


How can an Energy Manager Help?

Energy managers have the strategic and technical expertise to recommend the energy-saving equipment and technologies that are right for your business. They also have the skills to implement an energy management strategy for your organization – working directly with your employees, vendors, and service providers – and manage financial incentives that support project success and increase your company’s competitiveness.

What Incentives are Available?

Energy Manager Incentive

Hire an energy manager and receive funding up to 75% of the cost toward their salary and benefits, to a maximum of $80,000. 

Energy Assessment Incentive

Conduct an energy assessment of a building or building system and be reimbursed for 75% of the cost, up to $5,000 per assessment.

Who Can Participate?

To participate, companies must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a small or medium-sized enterprise with fewer than 500 employees
  • Own/manage facilities connected directly or indirectly to the grid in Ontario
  • Commit to reducing total annual facility consumption by 3% through a combination of electricity and natural gas reduction measures1
  • Have a total annual electricity consumption greater than 2,500,000 kWh and total annual natural gas consumption of 200,000 m3, or a combined annual energy consumption of 16,500 GJ1,2
  • Businesses registered in the Output-Based Pricing System in the federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act are not eligible
  • Participants in the program may not opt into the Output-Based Pricing System for the duration of their participation in this offering.

1This requirement does not apply to businesses interested in applying for the Energy Assessment incentive.

2The individual minimum annual consumption thresholds are not binding. At our sole discretion, the IESO will consider applicants who meet all other requirements and are believed to offer suitable energy-savings potential.

How the Funding Works

For Energy Managers
  • As funding is limited, the IESO will review applicants on a first-come, first-served basis, and ensure that eligibility criteria are met and a suitable level of savings potential is available.
  • If approved for the program, the IESO will provide up to 75% to a maximum of $80,000 for the hiring of an energy manager. The participant must commit to reducing total annual facility consumption by 3% through a combination of electricity and natural gas reduction measures.
  • Energy managers can reach their targets through projects supported by other energy-efficiency incentives – including, but not limited to, Save on Energy and Enbridge incentives – but a minimum of 10% of the energy savings must come from projects that have not received any incentive.
  • If approved, participants will need to complete and submit the Energy Manager for SMEs Agreement.

For Energy Assessments
  • Funding is provided for 75% of the cost of an energy assessment, up to $5,000 (inclusive of HST).
  • Approved participants may choose to conduct an energy assessment that falls within the funding cap, or they may choose a more detailed assessment that will exceed the funding cap and they can cover the additional cost themselves. The Save on Energy delivery partner will provide a quote for the energy assessment that the participant chooses.
  • Approved participants will be expected to submit a purchase order to the Save on Energy delivery partner for the cost of the assessment. Once the assessment is complete, the delivery partner will invoice the participant to cover the cost of the assessment not covered by the funding.

How to apply

To apply for the Energy Manager incentive and/or Energy Assessment incentive, please complete and submit the appropriate application form(s) to

You can also contact us if you have any questions or if you need any clarification.