Electricity is one of Canada’s essential utilities. More than 100,000 Canadians are involved in generating, transmitting and distributing it. Their work powers homes and businesses across the country, fuelling everything from light bulbs, cell phones and refrigerators to water treatment plants and road vehicle assembly lines.
However, in the face of changing demographics and technology, the industry’s highly skilled workforce needs to grow and adapt. Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) is all about human resources in Canada’s electricity industry – we’re an enabler, a research hub, a convener and an active partner helping industry meet these challenges to secure Canada’s long-term electricity supply.
As a trusted source of objective research, information and tools about labour market and human resource trends EHRC helps the Canadian electricity workforce grow and remain innovative while striving to improve the quality of service to Canadians. Above all, we provide evidence-based solutions to the human resource challenges facing the electricity industry.
EHRC works to strengthen the ability of the Canadian electricity industry to meet current and future needs for their workforce – one that is highly skilled, safety-focused, diverse and productive.
Conduct and disseminate valuable research about human resources in Canada’s electricity industry.
Help the industry create and sustain a skilled and diverse labour force.
Promote awareness of career and employment opportunities in the industry.
Develop partnerships that better enable the industry to meet its human resources needs.
Canada’s most trusted source of objective human resource information with market information and tools to help the Canadian electricity industry. It provides a platform for industry needs, identifying ways to make Canadian businesses “best in class.” Industry matches workforce supply to demand, allowing employers and employees to grow and remain innovative. This improves the quality of service to all Canadians.
Founding, Growth and Renewal
An exhaustive report released in 2004 revealed a pressing need for industry-wide recruitment and retention strategies. The report foresaw a significant portion of the workforce would retire by 2010.
In response, a partnership formed between business, labour, education and government. In 2005, this partnership created the Electricity Sector Council, the original name of our organization.
Since then, EHRC has evolved to meet the changing needs of Canada’s electricity industry. Most recently, in 2012 we adopted our current name and realigned our mandate to better serve our stakeholders.
The organization carries out its mandate under the guidance of a Board of Directors, EHRC’s CEO Michelle Branigan, and a dedicated staff team in Ottawa.