EHRC and Canada’s electricity industry “power up” for Ukrainian and other newcomers
June 9, 2022 | By Anthony Capkun
“Electricity employers have mobilized quickly to post jobs and welcome newcomers into the workplace, into our communities and into our hearts.”
June 9, 2022 – “As Ukrainians stand firm in their courage, bravery, defiance and unwavering resilience—the electricity sector stands with Canadians who continue to answer the call for urgent help by supporting families fleeing fear and aggression, to make Canada their new home,” said Michelle Branigan, CEO, Electricity Human Resources Canada.
Announced today, EHRC is opening a new segment of its national job board, and launching new funding and resources for employers to recruit and retain internationally trained workers for workplace opportunities in Canada’s electricity sector.
“Matching the many skilled Ukrainian professionals arriving in Canada with job vacancies in the electricity sector will help fill critical labour shortages as our industry continues to experience significant growth and innovation,” said Branigan. “Electricity employers have mobilized quickly to post jobs and welcome newcomers into the workplace, into our communities and into our hearts.”
Canada’s electricity sector is currently facing significant labour shortages for tradespeople, engineers, technicians and technologists, says EHRC, as well as an array of other positions in HR, finance, legal, IT, customer service, business development and sales.
“Newcomers to Canada represent a significant and highly motivated talent force with the will, skills and competencies to fill key electricity industry positions and strengthen workforce diversity,” add EHRC.
The organization’s new initiatives include access to an online national job board where they can connect with employers, as well as financial incentives and resources for employers to help recruit and welcome newcomers into the workplace, including professional skills training and mentorship guides.
Visit EHRC’s dedicated webpage Canada’s Electricity Industry Powers Up For Ukraine for/to:
• Posting jobs and accessing resources to help recruit and integrate newcomers into the workplace (for electricity employers and industry partners).
• Access various job types in Canada’s electricity sector, including tradespeople, engineers, technicians and technologists, as well as HR, accounting and IT (for newcomers and Canadians).
• Lifeline Ukraine (in development for Ukrainian newcomers), which will offer support information, including healthcare, schools and community services, developed in partnership with Ukrainian immigration and newcomer services.
Welcoming Newcomers is a new EHRC wage subsidy program to support employers as they recruit skilled, internationally trained workers, including those from Ukraine. A four-month internship, with a wage subsidy of up to 50% (to a maximum of $10,000), is available to eligible employers.
This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program.
Electricity Human Resources Canada is Canada’s “most trusted source of objective human resources information and tools to help the Canadian electricity industry match workforce supply and demand”.
EHRC acknowledges and thanks the Canadian electricity sector employers below who have committed to hiring Ukrainian refugees:
ABH Engineering AECOM Aecon Alectra ATCO Electricity Global Business Unit BayWa r.e. BC Hydro Borealis GeoPower Borealis Wind Brandon University Cistel Technology Colleges and Institutes Canada EDA Emera Inc. EnerFORGE Energy Council of Canada Evolugen by Brookfield Renewable Georgian College GrandBridge Energy Gtel Hydro One Inc. Hydro Ottawa Lakeland Holding Manitoba Hydro Metergy Solutions Inc. Mott Electric Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro NRStor Inc. Oakville Enterprises Ontario Energy Network Ontario Power Generation Orangeville Hydro Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries Oshawa PUC Networks Inc. Pro Watts Inc. PVS Schneider Electric Toronto Metropolitan University TransAlta University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering Welland Hydro Electric System Corp. Vermillion Power Technologies
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