EHRC’s latest LMI Study is currently underway, ensure your perspectives are included!

Survey Deadline

The deadline for completing our LMI surveys has been FURTHER EXTENDED to 12:00 P.M. MST June 15th – Don’t delay participation! 

The study is an update to EHRC’s 2011 LMI entitled “Power in Motion”, which provided electricity companies with accurate workforce predictions as well as concrete, actionable steps to help stakeholders address HR challenges on a number of different fronts.

Both a demand-side survey (distributed to all industry employers and contractors) and a supply-side survey (targeted at all colleges, institutes and universities which have training programmes related to the electricity /renewable sector) are currently being conducted.

Participation from as many employers, contractors and educators as possible is extremely important to obtain the richness of data necessary to meet electricity industry needs.  

An online version is available for employers and educators to complete, which is recommended. This option will allow for confidentiality and also allow respondents to input information electronically, meaning that calculations will be done automatically as you progress through the questionnaire.

To complete the survey online you will require a unique Access Code.

To obtain your Access Code please contact Sheila Harper, Senior Analyst at Malatest directly at 1-877-665-6252 (extension 224) or s.harper@malatest.com

The survey can also be completed via paper format, or over the phone with the support of Malatest’s research team.  If you would prefer to complete the survey via a paper (hardcopy), you will be provided with the survey and a pre-paid return envelope.

Contributors /participants to the research who complete the survey will be provided with the Executive Summary free of charge, along with a two-page fact sheet for stakeholders. A significant discount will also be applied on the full report (once released) for participants and EHRC members.

About the Study

The aim of this study is to build an updated body of knowledge which will inform and improve the electricity industry’s capability in workforce planning, regulatory filing and organizational planning – particularly as it relates to identifying training, programming and curriculum requirements to mitigate business risk related to human resource management.

 The study will provide both real-time current information and long-term (up to five years) estimates/assessment of labour demand and supply specifically for the electricity and renewable energy industry. This study forms part of EHRC’s ongoing LMI research that has provided insight into the sector since 2004.

Under the strategic guidance of an industry-represented Steering Committee (see further below), the methodology will again include an environmental scan, primary research including the administration of a national survey of employers to collect data on labour demand, key informant interviews, and a survey of educational institutions to assess supply side factors. This combined research will be used to produce a report for industry.

Critical information gathered through this study on the labour market and current and future human resources needs will assist decision-makers within industry, government and education in identifying and planning for these needs accurately and effectively.  In particular, information gathered through this study will be used to:

  • Inform organizations on what skills are available in the workforce and what gaps need to be filled; 
  • Support human resources (HR) and organizational planning;
  • Brief senior managers in your organization on the issues and priorities for HR;
  • Brief regulators and other stakeholders on the issues, costs and initiatives for HR development in your organization;
  • Coordinate labour market analysis with other industries and sector councils;
  • Inform educational planners, career advisors, teachers, parents and job seekers about opportunities in the sector, what education and training to pursue and the extent to which educational credentials will be measured, accredited and transferable;
  • Identify the range of workplace skills required, in particular, businesses are increasingly looking for workers with multi-faceted competencies—not just technical knowledge, but also so-called “soft skills” such as collaboration and teamwork, problem-solving, leadership;
  • Guide decisions on immigration and inform potential immigrants about opportunities in the electricity industry, and the skills they need; and
  • Inform government policy makers and the general public on labour market conditions and HR priorities.

National Steering Committee

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