Electricity Human Resources Canada – 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 $7,500 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.


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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