Amount:

$7,500

Type of Program:

Subsidy


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.


When It Ends:

Ongoing

Deadline:

Rolling deadline

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.

Applications Steps:

Employers participating in the program will follow this process:

1

Check eligibility requirements and terms & conditions (above);

2

Complete the Employer Eligibility Assessment;

3

Have the participant complete the Participant Application Form;

4

Get approved (takes an average of 5-10 business days);

5

Create a learning plan;

6

Set up direct deposit;

7

Begin program;

8

EHRC will email you when your monthly report and claim is due;

9

Send claims on a monthly basis;

10

Complete the Employer Reflection as the student’s placement contract nears completion.

Students participating in the program will follow this process:

1

Check eligibility requirements and terms & conditions;

2

Secure the WIL position and inform your employer of their responsibilities for the program;

3

Complete the Participant Application Form;

4

Create a Learning Plan;

5

Begin program;

6

As you finish your placement, complete a Learning Plan Reflection.

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.

About the author 

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Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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