Electricity Human Resources Canada – Discovering Potential Program


The Discovering Potential Program supports employers who provide youth with green work experience through internships and on-the-job training. Positions in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and/or relating to electricity, renewable energy, environment, and natural resources can qualify.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is a subsidy of up to 80% of a participant’s wages, to a maximum of $25,000 per participant.


The placement organization (either an employer or training provider) must:

  • operate in one or more of the following areas:
    a) Generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity;
    b) Clean Energy Technology;
    c) Carbon and Climate Change Mitigation;
    d) Sector support including renewables, in any of the following areas: R & D, business development, and energy efficiency;
    e) Renewables/Green Energy;
    f) Energy Efficiency, fuel switching, and green building;
    g) Transmission, smart grid, energy storage;
    h) Engaged in the manufacturing of equipment and the provision of services necessary for electricity;
    i) Sustainable development of non-renewable resources;
    j) Resource Conservation;
    k) Environmental Protection;
    l) Sustainable Planning/Urban Design;
    m) Alternative/Sustainable Transportation;
    n) Green Manufacturing, Green Services or Green Retail;
    o) Other sectors in the environmental economy;
  • be classified as one of the following:
    a) Academic organization;
    b) Indigenous organization;
    c) Not-for-profit organization;
    d) Industry;
    e) Municipal, provincial, or territorial government;
    f) Utility.

To be eligible, the youth participant must:
a) be between 15 and 30 years (inclusive) of age;
b) be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada;
c) be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations;
d) not be receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits;
e ) not be currently enrolled in full-time post-secondary studies;
f) be Currently un- or under-employed.

Applications Steps:

Applicants must apply via the Funding For Futures Platform. The platform will take users through a step-by-step application and documentation process in an interactive, web-based environment when applying, monitoring, and managing their wage subsidy application.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  1. employer/Training Organization Eligibility Form and Participant Eligibility Form;
  2. a signed contract;
  3. a Learning Plan;
  4. Employer/Training Organization Evaluation Questionnaire;
  5. Participant Reflection Questionnaire.

Other Things to Note:

Electricity Human Resources Canada is Natural Resources Canada’s, Employment an Social Development Canada’s, and Environment and Climate Change Canada’s delivery partner.

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