Electricity First Work Subsidy

The Career Focus Program Information and Guide

Electricity First Work Program is operated by the Electricity Human Resources Canada. Please visit their website for more information.

The objectives of the Career Focus Program are to:

  • Increase the supply of highly qualified people by hiring unemployed and/or underemployed youth;
  • To promote the benefits of advanced studies;
  • To demonstrate federal leadership by investing in the skills required to meet the needs of the knowledge economy;
  • and Facilitate the transition of highly skilled young people to a rapidly changing labour market.

Under this Program, the Electricity Sector Council (ESC) will provide eligible companies with a subsidy equal to 1/3 the eligible participant’s salary up to a maximum of $10,000 over a maximum 12 month work experience period.

How Companies Can Apply

  1. Interview and select a candidate you would like to hire (must be a technician, technologist or engineer in an energy related full-time position).
  2. Host companies/employers must:
    1. Be a small to medium business related to the energy sector (under 2,300 employees)
    2. Guarantee a minimum of 30 hours of work per week in a full-time position for a minimum of 4 months
    3. Provide $2 in wages for every $1 of wage subsidy received (a maximum of $10,000.00 per candidate available)
    4. Must have completed the wage subsidy application and have the employer wage subsidy contract in place before the candidate starts work
    5. Must have nepotism policy in place in regards to the participant
    6. Develop a formal learning plan (personalized action plan, between an employer and a participant, designed to help set and meet work-related learning objectives)
  3. Ensure that your prospective participant meets the following criteria:
    1. Have graduated as a technician, technologist or engineer with a degree or diploma from University, college, post-secondary institutes and CEGEPS
    2. Be between the ages of 15 and 30
    3. Be a new hire (not an existing employee)
    4. Be a Canadian citizen or have landed immigrant status
    5. Must be legally entitled to work in Canada
  4. To apply, please submit the following documents:
    1. Job description of position being filled
    2. A copy of the participant’s résumé and their degree/diploma

Please note that applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

Important: 
Please mail, courier or fax completed packages to:

Electricity Sector Council
600-130 Slater St,
Ottawa, Ontario
K1P 6E2
Attention: Leigh-Anne Donovan
Fax: 613-235-6922

Electricity First Work Program is operated by the Electricity Human Resources Canada. Please visit their website for more information.