Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) – Empowering Futures Program


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 $7,000 per student position to the employers who create these new opportunities.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is a wage subsidy that covers the cost of a co-op student’s salary by up to 70% to a maximum of $7,000.


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.
  • The employer must be a Small or Medium Enterprise (SME) – a business establishment with 499 employees or less at the time that it receives funding.
  • 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:

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:

The company must submit:

  1. the Employer Eligibility Assessment (should include brief company description, student participant’s job title, participant’s job description, participant’s salary, hours and start/end dates);
  2. the Empowering Futures contract;
  3. the application for direct deposit (includes organization name, name of financial institution, branch address);
  4. image of blank void cheque or equivalent information;
  5. a Learning Plan as close to the start of the work placement as possible.

Other Things to Note:

Post-Secondary institutions are no longer eligible to receive funding.

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