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.

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.