Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) – Empowering Futures
Overview: Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) – Empowering Futures is one of the partners selected by the federal government to deliver the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program (SWILP). Working with employers and post-secondary education (PSE) institutions in the information and communications technology sector ICTC will administer wage subsidies to hire co-op students.
- Employers may be eligible to receive a wage subsidy of 50% (up to $5000) to hire a student and may be eligible to receive 70% (up to $7000) if they hire under-represented groups including women in STEM, Indigenous students, persons with disabilities, recent immigrants and first year students
- Ontario employers may also be eligible for a tax credit of up to $3000 for the Co-operative Education Tax Credit
- Employers receiving other federal funding to hire the student will not be eligible to also receive SWILP funding
To qualify for the program, the company must be Canadian owned or a Canadian subsidiary and are part of the economic sector represented by:
- Firms whose primary activity is the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power
- Firms engaged in the manufacturing of equipment and the provision of services necessary to the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power
- Firms engaged in supporting the sector including renewables, in any of the following areas: R & D, business development, energy efficiency, energy storage, electrical vehicle integration, smart cities.
- Full time student enrolled in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) or business program at a Canadian PSE institution
- Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status
- Must be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations
Terms and conditions
- The wages for this position must not be funded by another federally-funded program
- The company must provide a full-time work opportunity for a minimum of 16 weeks, 5 days a week, 7.5 hours a day;
- The wage subsidy covers the cost of a co-op student’s salary by up to 50% to a maximum of $5,000 and up to 70% to a maximum of $7,000 for students and under-represented groups including: women in STEM, women in business, indigenous students, persons with disabilities and newcomers;
- The company must provide a minimum of $1 for each $1 of wage subsidy, or a minimum of $1 for each $2.33 for first-year students and under-represented groups;
- The company must not recruit and retain friends or family members as participants to the co-op wage subsidy program;
- The company must reference the participant information form to inform potential participants what their involvement in the co-op wage subsidy program will entail;
- The company must provide proof of co-op placement employment, start date, contract with participant, full wage and benefits of participant to Electricity Human Resources Canada upon request;
- The company must provide information about the placement to Electricity Human Resources Canada as required;
- The company must develop a Formal Learning Plan with the participant, before the start of the placement; and
- The company must provide Electricity Human Resources Canada with monthly financial claims and progress reports
How to Apply
Employer application process
- Ensure your organization meets all terms and conditions stated above;
- Complete an Employer Application Form and submit it along with a brief company description, and a description of the intended participant’s co-op position;
- Have candidate complete the 2018-2021Participant Information Form;
- If you already have a participant in mind, please include the participant information form, participant’s resume and a copy of the participant’s proof of post-secondary enrollment, if available. (if submitting electronically, please do not include the participant’s date of birth and Social Insurance Number);
- The application process from submission to approval takes an average of 5-10 business days.
To Hire Your Student
Please post your co-op positions on Carleton University’s CUHire for co-op students in eligible programs to apply. Please add a note to the co-op job description if hiring is dependent upon funding receipt.