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.

 Available funding

  • 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

Eligible Employers
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.

Eligible students

  • 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.

Contact Mark Chapeskie t: 613-235-5540 x.223  chapeskie@electricityhr.ca
Carleton Co-operative Education:Co-op Business Development

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Electricity Human Resources Canada – Empowering Futures