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.
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.
With the latest labour market intelligence (LMI) research initiative Workforce in Motion, EHRC has gathered information on workforce demographics, labour supply and demand gaps, human resource needs, post-secondary training and labour markets within a rapidly changing energy landscape.
The electricity sector in Canada proudly employs 106,575 utility workers across multiple occupations (Statistics Canada. 2016 Census of the Population: Catalogue no. 98-400-X2016295). Developing a pipeline of skilled labour to ensure an adequate pool of trained and experienced workers for both today and tomorrow is critical to ensuring the long-term stability of Canada’s electricity supply.
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.
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.