Career Focus Initiative

Through the Government of Canada’s Sector Youth Career Focus Program, Electricity Human Resources Canada has been providing wage subsidies to energy-related companies that offer employment to recent graduates.

The Career Focus Initiative provides career related work experiences to young post secondary graduates, increasing their skills and facilitating their entry into the labour market.

The program also assists Canadian employers through financial support by connecting them to highly skilled young people. The initiative offers up to $12,500.00 per candidate when both the host company/employer and participant hired meet the designated criteria.

To qualify for the subsidy, a host companies/employers must:

  • Guarantee a minimum of 30 hours of work per week in a full-time position
  • Provide $1 in wages for every $1 of subsidy funding received (a maximum of $12,500.00 per candidate available)
  • Must have nepotism policy in place
  • Develop a formal learning plan (personalized action plan, between an employer and a participant, designed to help set and meet work-related learning objectives)
  • Have completed the wage subsidy application and have the employer wage subsidy contract in place before the candidate starts work
  • Be an electricity/renewable energy employer

For a participant hire to qualify he or she must:

  • Have graduated as a technician, technologist, engineer, electrician, power line worker, power systems operators or any of the 19 electrical occupations listed in the 2011 LMI report
  • Be between the ages of 15 and 30
  • Be a new hire (not an existing employee) and
  • Be a Canadian citizen or have landed immigrant status

19 Qualifying Occupations:

  • Engineering Managers
  • Utility Managers
  • Financial Auditors and Accountants
  • Construction Managers
  • Civil Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineers
  • Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
  • Civil Engineering Technicians and Technologists
  • Mechanical Engineering Technicians and Technologists
  • Contractors and Supervisors, Electrical Trades and Telecommunications
  • Electricians
  • Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians and Technologists
  • Electrical Power Line and Cable Workers
  • Industrial Electricians
  • Power Systems Electricians
  • Power System and Power Station Operators
  • Stationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment Operators

Success Stories

The Career Focus Initiative has been a resounding success, connecting talented university and college graduates with burgeoning companies. As consumers of electricity, we all profit from the invigorated research and development of new technologies that the program makes possible.

A New Generation of Nuclear Expertise

Too small to be seen with the human eye, atoms are capable of releasing huge stores of energy. Nuclear Safety Solutions maximizes the electricity-generation and alleviates the risks of Canada’s nuclear reactors.

Giving Green-energy Generation a Boost

The brainchild of two engineering students, WestSource Energy is now converting one of Saskatchewan’s most abundant resources—wind—into electricity and profits.

Powering Canada’s Knowledge Economy

ZE PowerGroup mobilizes young employees to provide the tools and expertise that utilities need to thrive in a deregulated market.

Talent in Training

A worldwide leader in the manufacturing of lighting products, Canlyte Inc. knows a bright idea when it sees one. It is no surprise that the company was one of the Career Focus Initiative Project’s first participants.

Tapping the Resources of New Graduates

Innovation is the core value of MicroMentis. And no one has a more open mind than new graduates who are keen to make the impossible possible.

Further Information

If you are interested in participating in this program either as an employer or as a recent graduate, send an email to or call Michelle Branigan at (613) 235-5540 ext. 235.