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Program Status

Start Date
February 19, 2018
End Date
March 31, 2025

About the Program

Electricity Human Resources Canada’s (EHRC) Empowering Futures Program is Canada’s student work placement initiative for the electricity industry, providing financial incentives of up to $7,000 to employers who create new Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities.

With these incentives, employers can offer more WIL opportunities, building their talent pool and strengthening our industry’s workforce.

Empowering Futures is funded by the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program (SWPP).

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Eligibility Requirements and Program Details

Eligibility is dependent on the participant, employer (organization-wide) and nature of employment.

Funding for Futures Placement Management Process

Employer submits application

Participant sends eligibility form

Processing time: up to 10 business days

Contract for successful placements signed by Employer, Participant and EHRC

Employer and Participant create a Learning Plan

Employer submits monthly claims for reimbursement

Employer completes evaluation survey

Participant completes evaluation survey

Funded placement ends


Additional Questions?

If you have more questions about Empowering Futures, you can contact us at the following:

Yoana Turnin
Program Manager, Careers and Education
613.235.5540 ext. 243

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Professional Skills Training Program

How Empowering Futures Supports Organizations & Students

While technical and specialized knowledge is foundational for career success in electricity, organizations are also looking for candidates who demonstrate a high level of proficiency in professional skills such as active listening, social perceptiveness, and collaboration.

This course is provided to all Empowering Futures participants free of charge.

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Student Testimonials

Electrical Engineering Student

Empowering Futures supports hundreds of students in all sorts of educational programs connect their learning to their careers. Click below to hear from more students like Zoee about how Empowering Futures is helping them.

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electricity is the same all over the

world you could travel anywhere really

that your interests lie and then your

career can follow I never knew exactly

what I wanted to do there was always the

idea of maybe going into business you

could kind of go anywhere with an

engineering degree as what I was told

and I got this internship right in the

field that I’m studying and I see myself

saying I’m part of an age group that is

constantly looking for change I see

myself in a company where everyone their

minds are fresh and ideas become reality

I’m hopeful that in the future these

ideas these new perspectives can be

applied to actually change the world


Organization Testimonials

CIO at Spark Power

We’ve collected stories from across Canada, from both organizations and students, about how Empowering Futures is building the workforce of tomorrow. Click below to hear from more employers like Eric about how Empowering Futures is helping them.

More Organization Testimonials



this is a growing industry it’s a

changing and disrupting industry we need

business leaders we need people in

health and safety we need people in HR

we need people and finance

the electricity industry and the way

power is being generated is changing in

that it’s becoming more decentralized

and that fundamental change creates huge

opportunity for those who are able to

take advantage of it this is an exciting

industry for young people they have a

chance to not only help in a changing

industry but they can help make the

world a better place



Frequently Asked Questions

If you are an organization or student wondering if Empowering Futures is right for you, consider the following information:

Participating Organizations

Participating Educators

Funding Acknowledgement

Empowering Futures is funded in part by the Government of Canada's 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.