The Province of Nova Scotia provides resources and services to assist employers with finding, keeping and developing employees. This section provides information to help you access these supports, including contact information for trained, professional staff that can help you use many of the tools and strategies described in this toolkit. Information on available financial supports for hiring and training employees is also provided.
Funding Supports for Employers
Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit
Graduate to Opportunity Hiring Incentive
Innovate to Opportunity Hiring Incentive
Co-op Education Incentive - Student Employment Program
Student Summer Skills Incentive (SKILL) - Student Employment Program
Apprenticeship Training and Trade Certification - Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit
Pengrowth Nova Scotia Scholarship Program - Energy
Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive (WIPSI) - Productivity Investment Program
SkillsonlineNS - online learning
Strategic Cooperative Education Incentive - Student Employment Programs
Student Career Skills Development Program - Student Employment Programs
Workplace Education Initiative
HR Support Services
Employer Engagement Specialists, Nova Scotia Works - A team of Employer Engagement Specialists work from the Nova Scotia Works Employment Centres to support employers in Nova Scotia to find, hire, develop and retain their employees. Employer Engagement Specialists help employers to navigate this toolkit and identify programs and resources to help them hire and traini skilled workers.
Learn more about NS Works. Contact an Employer Engagement Specialist in your area.
Job Bank - Free Job Posting Site for Employers
Labour Market Development
Click here to connect to the full list of Provincial programs that support business and economic development in Nova Scotia.
The Province provides high quality information about labour market trends to help businesses make sound workforce decisions and plans. Information can be accessed by clicking here.
The Job Bank is an easy-to use online, free resource where you can advertise positions that you need to fill.
The Nova Scotia Business Portal provides easy access to information and links to business programs and services offered by provincial government departments and agencies, as well as information for investors looking to do business in Nova Scotia. The following programs are listed on business.novascotia.ca to help you and your employees, gain the skills your business needs to seize opportunities now and in the future.
Literacy, learning, and skills training will give your organization a more competitive edge, improving your productivity while enriching the lives and well-being of your employees. It will also allow your employees to perform to their full potential – to grow their roles while expanding their potential to help your organization grow too.
Learn more about Adult Literacy and English in the Workplace
The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) provides educational programs throughout the province.
English in the Workplace - an English language program for newcomers who have a job or who have their own business.
The Sector Council Program provides funding to sector councils and sector council-like organizations in order to support an industry-led approach to human resource development, attraction and retention and training.
The business organizations that are listed below provide assistance to their members. Some will provide limited assistance to non-members.