Electricity Human Resources Canada – Empowering Futures Program

Description:

The Empowering Futures Program is Canada’s Student Work Placement Program for the electricity industry. Aimed at preparing students for the future of work, the program will create new work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities in electricity by providing subsidies of up to $7,500 per student position to the employers who create these new opportunities.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is a wage subsidy of up to $7,500 per placement.

Eligibility:

Employer eligibility criteria:

  • Firms whose primary activity is the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity.
  • Sector support including renewables, in any of the following areas: R & D, business development, energy efficiency.
  • Firms engaged in manufacturing of equipment and the provision of services necessary to generation, transmission or distribution.
  • Post-secondary institutions (universities, colleges or polytechnics).
  • The company must provide a full or part-time work opportunity for a student in post-secondary education, enrolled in a science, technology, engineering, mathematics, arts, or business program.
  • The company must not recruit and retain friends or family members as participants to the co-op wage subsidy program, or have a sufficient nepotism policy in place.

Student eligibility criteria:

  • Be registered as a full-time or part-time student in a post secondary institution.
  • Be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or a person with refugee protection in Canada.
  • Be legally able to work in Canada according to the laws and regulations of the province or territory where you live.

Documentation Needed:

The company must:

  • provide proof of co-op placement employment, start date, contract with participant, full wage, and benefits of the participant to EHRC upon request.
  • provide information about the placement to Electricity Human Resources Canada as required.
  • develop a Formal Learning Plan with the participant, before the start of the placement.
  • provide EHRC with monthly financial claims and progress reports.

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