Empowering Futures

Hire smarter with the Student Work Placement Program, which can cover up to 75% of a co-op student’s wages.

The Empowering Futures Program is Canada’s Student Work Placement Program for the electricity industry. Aimed at preparing students for the future of work, the program will create new work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities in electricity by providing subsidies of up to $7,500 per student position to the employers who create these new opportunities.

COVID-19 Update

Empowering Futures continues to provide wage subsidies during COVID-19 with additional flexibility to program restrictions. Employers, please see here  for the latest updates. Employers are encouraged to follow all health and safety guidelines at this time to ensure student workers remain safe on jobsites.

CEWIL & EHRC: Empowering Futures

Watch a webinar from EHRC’s Director of Programs that explains in depth how Empowering Futures works.

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How Empowering Futures Supports Employers and Students

Empowering the Next-Generation Workforce

Work-integrated learning (WIL) is an essential step to transition from school to work, and the best way to learn how to put education into practice. To show how WIL contributes to the talent pipeline and career growth in Canada’s electricity sector, we’ve published Empowering the Next-Generation Workforce, a thought paper informed by experts with practical recommendations on how we can increase WIL uptake and best prepare the next generation of electricity workers.

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Skill savvy

From the boardroom to the front line, careers in electricity take more than technical skills—they require professional skills: the ability to communicate, work together, and organize work effectively. To explain these skills and the value they have to any worker or employer, we’ve published Skill savvy. Based on research and international best practices, this paper identifies 10 professional skills that all electricity sector workers need, where they fall short, and how they can be fostered by educators and employers through work-integrated learning.

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Empowering Futures Testimonials

We’ve collected stories from across Canada, from both employers and students, about how Empowering Futures is building the workforce of tomorrow.

Employer Testimonials

Eric, CIO at Spark Power

Jon, Field Manager at Hydro One

Nirav, HR Director at Ontario Power Generation

Student Testimonials

Zoee, Electrical Engineering Student

Tristan, Nursing Student

Natalie, Chemical Engineering Student

Alyssa, Business Finance Student

Abine, Environmental Sciences Student

Participating Employers

ARC Engineering
AECOM Canada
ATCO Electricity
Ameresco
Alberta Electric System Operator
Blue-O Technology Inc.
Borealis Wind
Borrum Energy Solutions
Clir Renewables
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Excelitas Canada
e-ZN Inc
Electric Motor & Pump
Festival Hydro
Fortis Alberta
Fortis BC
Gbatteries Energy Canada Inc.
Gerrits Engineering
Goldfin Consulting
Great Northern Engineering Consultants
Hydro Ottawa
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hvGrid-tech Inc.
Ingeniarts
Kinectrics
KPM Power Inc.
Keolis Grand River
Manitoba Hydro
Makermax Inc.
Medatech
Northland Power
Northern Energy Capital
Noventa Energy Partners
Nalcor Energy
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
NB Power
Opus One Solutions
Vitesco Technologies
Prism Lighting Group
Pro Watts, Inc.
Process Research ORTECH Inc
QUEST Canada
Rainforest Automation
RB Engineering Ltd.
Riverside Energy Systems
Schneider Electric Solar Business
ShookIOT
Solvest Inc.
Spark Power
Team Power Solutions
Transarctic Canada Inc.
TransAlta
University of Victoria
WSP Canada
Xantrex Canada

Participating Educators

Algonquin College
Brock University
Cambrian College
Carleton University
Cégep de Saint Hyachinthe
Centennial College
College of the North Atlantic
Conestoga College
Dalhousie University
Georgian College
Humber College
Langara College
Laurentian University
Legal Education Society of Alberta
McGill University
McMaster University
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Mount Allison University
Mount Royal University
Mount Saint Vincent University
New Brunswick Community College
Niagara College
Queen's University
Red River College
Ryerson University
Sheridan College
Simon Fraser University
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
St. Clair College
Université de Moncton
Université de Sherbrooke
Université Laval
University of Alberta
University of British Columbia
University of Calgary
University of Guelph
University of Lethbridge
University of Manitoba
University of New Brunswick
Ontario Tech
University of Ottawa
University of Saskatchewan
University of Toronto
University of Victoria
University of Waterloo
University of Western Ontario
University of Windsor
Wilfred Laurier University
York University
Yukon College

The Student Work Placement Program (SWPP)

The Student Work Placement Program gives post-secondary students across Canada paid work experience related to their field of study.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program.