July 27, 2017Electricity Human Resources Canada announces New Workforce Study for Alberta’s electricity sector

OTTAWA, ON – July 25, 2017 — A new partnership with the Alberta government will examine the labour market needs of the province’s electricity sector and its impacts on the future workforce. Funded by the Government of Alberta, this one-year project will provide analysis and insight into the employment needs, hiring projections and labour supply of Alberta’s electricity sector.

The study will inform and help industry better plan for workers by identifying what training and skills are needed so that businesses can continue to be competitive and successful.

“It is critical that employers, educators, regulatory authorities and policy makers have an in-depth understanding of the human resource challenges that can affect the sector so that they can take the appropriate actions to mitigate the effects of a changing labour market,” says Michelle Branigan, CEO of Electricity Human Resources Canada.”

In Alberta, the accelerated pace of change – including technology advancements and the integration of renewables in the grid –  will have a huge impact on both current and future workforce requirements.“ Getting up-to-date, quality labour market information is key to effective labour force planning. Our government is pleased to support this important project that will arm Alberta employers and workers with valuable information to help them plan ahead for a diversifying and changing economy,” says Christina Gray, Minister of Labour.

Stakeholders from industry, education, government, labour and licensing bodies will provide input into this project through the LMI Alberta Advisory Committee. They include: the Alberta Independent Electricity System Operator (AESO), AltaLink, Capital Power Corporation, Government of Alberta, IBEW Local Union 254, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), TransAlta, University of Calgary, ENMAX Corporation, Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), and Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA).

The report will outline recommendations for next steps, as well as inform the Alberta government on the demand for skills in this sector and training needs when developing policy and programs.

Labour Market Development Agreement

The Province of Alberta is working in partnership with the Government of Canada to provide employment support programs and services.