Pilot Communities

Scorecard Pilot Communities
The Smart Energy Communities Scorecard project, being led by QUEST and Pollution Probe,  is seeking up to six pilot communities across Canada to develop and test the implementation of a multi-sectoral tool to evaluate and benchmark the pathways to Smart Energy Communities in Canada. The project partners are seeking communities that are interested in contributing to a standardized approach to evaluating Smart Energy Communities in Canada, and willing to contribute data collection and sharing practices to inform the development of the Scorecard.

Benefits of Participating as a Pilot Community

The Scorecard Pilot Communities will have an opportunity to provide input throughout the development of the Scorecard, including input on the definition of success of Smart Energy Communities, Key Performance Indicators to measure Smart Energy Communities, and the development of the web-based dashboard.  All Pilot Communities will receive a score, as well as a roadmap for action to transition to a Smart Energy Community, upon the completion of the project. The successful candidates will benefit from participating in the project by:

  • Receiving a score, evaluating the policies and processes of the community
  • Receiving advisory support from the project team to improve the community's score
  • Contributing to a national, standard approach for evaluating Smart Energy Communities in Canada
  • Connecting to a national network of communities that have leading energy data collection practices


  • Pilot Communities will be engaged between December 2017 and September 2019
  • The Scorecard will evaluate communities, defined by local government boundaries (e.g. municipal boundaries, or Indigenous community boundaries)

  • Who is eligible to apply?
    • ‚ÄčLocal government staff or organizations that have been endorsed to apply on behalf of a local government (e.g. a local energy distributor or not-for-profit organization)
    • Communities that have a history of collaboration among local community energy stakeholders (e.g. Local government, energy distribution companies, community groups)
    • Communities with experience with data collection
    • Communities of all sizes and contexts are invited to apply
  • There is no cost to apply or participate as a Pilot Community in the Scorecard. Council endorsement is not required to be eligible


The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest to be a Pilot Community in the Smart Energy Communities Scorecard has passed. The selected communities will be announced soon.


If you have any questions about the Smart Energy Communities Scorecard please contact Samantha Heigl at [email protected]