Building Powerful HR Strategies for Canada's Electricity Related Renewable Workforce

Study Findings

Renewing Futures provides crucial data on the impact of renewable electricity growth on labour markets and key occupations across the country. The resulting human resources report and strategic plan provide sustainable building blocks to ensure Canada succeeds in the development of a skilled workforce.

Background

Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC), in collaboration with Employment and Social Development Canada and industry stakeholders initiated Renewing Futures (RF); a major human resources (HR) research project to assess the capacity of Canada’s skilled workforce to meet the labour requirements of projected additions to electricity related renewable energy (RE) systems. This two year research project included over 400 representatives from wind, solar, bioenergy, geothermal, marine/tidal, small and large hydro, as well as, transmission, storage and distribution industries. The research provides crucial data on the impact of renewable electricity growth on labour markets and key occupations across the country. The resulting human resources report and strategic plan covers training programs, regulations and government policies, certification, interprovincial mobility, retirements, retention and sector specific specializations. And a technology report that identifies future growth in renewable electricity operations and development, describing the most likely technologies to be installed across the sectors in each Province.
The scope of the RF plans includes seven sectors:
  1. Wind 
  2. Solar
  3. Bioenergy
  4. Geothermal
  5. Hydro (Small and Large)
  6. Marine; Tidal and Wave
  7. Integration and Storage

 Research activities that support the strategy include:
  • A global review of research sources covering government policy, human resources management and labour market analysis for RE activity,  
  • A Technology Review that created a profile of the seven technologies that will be deployed and provincial energy market assessments that project additions to RE capacity from 2011 to 2022,
  •  Input from over 400 stakeholders from interviews, focus groups, regional engagement sessions and an employer survey, and
  •  A RF labour market information system that includes measures of supply and demand, market balances for eighteen key occupations and an inventory of post-secondary programs that train new RE employees.

Reference and access to the full research:

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Technology Review: This Technology Review is the first publication in a series of research steps that will build the national HR strategy.  The Technology Review sets the stage with a profile of the seven technologies and provincial market assessments that offer alternative scenarios for the deployment of RE from 2012 to 2022. Click here for excerpts of the Executive Summary.

Final Report; Meeting the Human Resources Needs of  Canada’s Renewable Electricity Industry: Renewing Futures provides current and forward looking information on the impact of RE deployment on labour markets and key occupations across Canada.  Renewing Futures creates a national HR strategy that assists in building a skilled workforce that will meet employer needs for the next ten years.  The strategy will cover training programs, regulations and government policies, certification, interprovincial mobility, retirements and retention and sector specific specializations. Click here for excerpts of the Executive Summary.

Complimentary resources:

Final HR Strategy Report: This National Human Resources Strategy proposes joint action by the RE employers, trainers, unions and governments that will expand the breadth and depth of the skilled workforce. Actions proposed here will limit problems recruiting, help job seekers find new careers and avoid delays or added costs in the deployment of Canada’s new RE systems.

Final Labour Market Model: The Renewing Futures Labour Market Information (RFLMI) system consists of six models that gather data from a variety of sources and combine measures to arrive at an assessment of labour markets for twenty-six key occupations.  These assessments, and the measures in the related models, are projected over the period from 2012 to 2022 in nine regions and for three scenarios. Components of the system are described here and preliminary estimates and projections are provided for an initial review.

Final Employer Survey: The Renewing Futures Employer survey was intended to provide a statistically valid picture of the employers in the Renewable Energy industries, the occupations that they employ and their key human resources issues.   The field research consisted of a national telephone survey of employers.  Questions were specific to the renewable energy sectors covering: solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, hydro and marine and their relationships to the traditional electricity sector.  The survey was targeted at human resources managers and specialists within the companies. The downloadable report provides a summary and analysis of the responses to the survey questionnaire.