The electricity labour market is rapidly changing. Anyone with a stake in the industry needs to understand the extent of this change and what it might mean.

This is where Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) steps to the fore. Our comprehensive market intelligence provides industry players with the information they need to strategically build their workforces.

The cornerstone of our market intelligence efforts is the Labour Market Information (LMI) Program.

Labour Market Information (LMI) Program

The LMI Program is an ongoing survey of the electricity labour market in Canada.

It began in 2008 when EHRC joined with industry employers, government, and educators to mitigate the effects of impending human resources shortages. An important part of the solution to this challenge is the information and analysis–or as we prefer to see it, market intelligence–needed to make informed decisions and guide strategy.

The program was begun in response to industry demand for more rapid and responsive workforce planning data for use in regulatory filing and for organizational business planning, both on the demand (employers) and supply (educators) side. It also provides government stakeholders with validated data to assist in the development of policy at the municipal, provincial or federal level.

Stakeholders in Canada’s electricity industry face multiple human resources challenges as they plan for the next five to ten years. Some challenges are familiar (e.g. retirements and competition with other industries), others are new (e.g. hiring and training staff for large, renewable and refurbishment projects), and the pace of change and technological innovation continues to accelerate. Challenges vary by region, sector and occupation. Consistent, comprehensive and credible analysis is essential to draw practical insights and guide human resource management.

In order to maintain the integrity of the data published and provide accurate and timely information to our stakeholders it is critical that our LMI data – independent, industry specific, and targeted toward the human resources function – remains current.

EHRC is looking to bring together employers, government, labour, educational institutions and other interested stakeholders to address the need for current and accurate labour market intelligence (LMI) for the Canadian electricity sector. The data collected for the future LMI studies will provide the industry with information on the most up to date issues and statistics impacting on the sector, and the subsequent implications on the skilled labour supply-demand gap.

How Can You Be Involved?

In order for this body of work to be successful, the support and commitment from all of our industry stakeholders is essential. The program will have operating costs and involvement from employee volunteers to sit on the national steering committee and companies to support research participation. Join us in this exciting partnership by providing funding, participating in the committee, and becoming engaged in this initiative. To learn more about the program and how you can be involved click here.

2017 – 2022   Labour Market Information Study – Workforce in Motion

EHRC’s latest LMI study is currently underway!  The new LMI report will provide both employers and educators within the electricity industry with the most up-to-date information and statistics, to address the labour-supply-demand gap. At the same time, the data will facilitate more effective workforce planning, regulatory filing and organizational planning – particularly as it relates to identifying training requirements to mitigate business risk related to human resource management. Lastly, the report will provide government stakeholders with validated data to assist in the development of policy at the municipal, provincial and federal level.

Several industry specific factors will result in rapidly-changing labour-force requirements over the next 5 years: 1) Expected accelerated growth in renewable energy key sub-sectors 2) Transformation from “Legacy Systems” to the “Next Generation” of infrastructure that will expand, replace and refurbish most of Canada’s electricity infrastructure by 2030; 3) Continued high retirement rates of baby boomers, and 4) Heightened focus on carbon reduction and energy efficiency initiatives.

It is anticipated that this LMI project will generate and provide the following outcomes:

  • Statistically rigorous current labour supply and demand information for the industry suitable for use in a regulatory environment
  • Essential planning information to industry stakeholders, including employers, labour, education and regulators, that adheres to current industry standards in a North American and global context
  • Occupational forecast data that provides career seekers, career development providers, educational institutions and training providers with jurisdiction specific information to support and inform decision making
  • Increased use of workforce planning methods by industry members
  • Jurisdiction specific information that identifies critical occupations impacted by policy change and/or technology growth

Stakeholders from industry, education, government, labour and licensing bodies will provide input into this project through a National Advisory Committee, including:

In tandem EHRC is working with stakeholders in Alberta to examine the impact of a rapidly changing landscape, including the increased focus on renewables and the impact this will have on employment in the sector. They include:

2011 Labour Market Information Study – Power In Motion

EHRC’s most extensive LMI study to date, it provides a clear assessment on the new skilled workforce needed, as well as where to find skilled employees and how to recruit them. Power In Motion shows how the electricity and renewables sector can succeed through united action.

2008 Labour Market Information Study – Powering Up the Future

In recognition of the impending labour shortages threatening the electricity sector, in 2008 EHRC commissioned the Labour Market Information (LMI) Study to better understand which areas and occupations in the industry are currently most under pressure, and the types of pressure that exist.

More broadly, the goal of the study was to determine the extent of the gap between labour supply and demand.

With the support and commitment of industry stakeholders, the 2008 Labour Market Information Study represents the most current and accurate workforce data possible. It provides a valuable glimpse into challenges that the electricity sector must face now and in coming years.