Skills Training for Tomorrow’s High-Tech Electricity…

According to Electricity Human Resources Canada (formerly the Electricity Sector Council), 40 percent of the current electricity sector workforce is expected to retire between 2011 and 2016 resulting in the need to recruit and train 45,000 new skilled workers over the next five years.

  • Investments of $300 billion are expected in Canada’s electricity sector over the next 20 years.
  • Much of Ontario’s generation fleet will be refurbished or replaced over the next 12 years.
  • These investments will create an unprecedented demand for skilled labour at a time of limited supply.
  • These workers will require traditional and new skills to support the technological changes taking place in Canada’s electricity sector today.
  • Dealing with this challenge will require a renewed collaboration among the key stakeholders—federal and provincial governments, academia, regulators, labour, technology providers and companies in the electricity sector—to ensure the right hiring practices, funding mechanisms and training and apprenticeship programs are in place.