Empowering Futures Program

By mmuise
Description:

The Empowering Futures Program is Canada’s Student Work Placement Program for the electricity industry. Aimed at preparing students for the future of work, the program will create new work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities in electricity by providing subsidies of up to $7,000 per student position to the employers who create these new opportunities.


Comments on Funding:

Funding is a wage subsidy that covers the cost of a co-op student’s salary by up to 70% to a maximum of $7,000.

Deadline: March 21, 2024
Eligibility:

Employer eligibility criteria:

  • Firms whose primary activity is the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity.
  • Sector support including renewables, in any of the following areas: R & D, business development, energy efficiency.
  • Firms engaged in manufacturing of equipment and the provision of services necessary to generation, transmission or distribution.
  • The employer must be a Small or Medium Enterprise (SME) – a business establishment with 499 employees or less at the time that it receives funding.
  • The company must provide a full or part-time work opportunity for a student in post-secondary education, enrolled in a science, technology, engineering, mathematics, arts, or business program.
  • The company must not recruit and retain friends or family members as participants to the co-op wage subsidy program, or have a sufficient nepotism policy in place.
Application Steps:

Applicants must apply via the Funding For Futures Platform. The platform will take users through a step-by-step application and documentation process in an interactive, web-based environment when applying, monitoring, and managing their wage subsidy application.

Documentation Needed:

The company must submit:
1. the Employer Eligibility Assessment (should include brief company description, student participant’s job title, participant’s job description, participant’s salary, hours and start/end dates);
2. the Empowering Futures contract;
3. the application for direct deposit (includes organization name, name of financial institution, branch address);
4. image of blank void cheque or equivalent information;
5. a Learning Plan as close to the start of the work placement as possible.

Other Things to Note:

Nov. 2023: Please note that the Empowering Futures STUDENT (SWPP) program has reached capacity for the Fall 2023 semester and is no longer accepting applications. Older: Post-Secondary institutions are no longer eligible to receive funding.

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