• Options Youth is a virtual employment wage subsidy program funded by Service Canada and facilitated by the Saint Mary’s University Entrepreneurship Centre.
• It consists of paid, online, milestone-based skill training, followed by a paid work placement. Options Youth is committed to helping youth overcome barriers to enter the workforce through personalized training to participants and federal wage subsidies to employers in Nova Scotia.

Options Youth is divided into two phases:
• Training Phase: Participants are equipped with essential life and professional skills.
• Work Experience: Participants work in a career related job experience for 20 weeks which allow them to apply the skills they learn in the training phase.

• The Youth Employment Program offers financial assistance to offset the cost of hiring young talent to work on projects with R&D, engineering, multimedia or market analysis components or to help develop a new product or process.
• Provides up to $30,000 per graduate (up to two) for a period of 6 to 12 months.
• Gives recent post-secondary graduates the opportunity to work on technical opportunities in the firm and on non-technical but technology related projects.

To be eligible for financial assistance, your business must be:
• a small or medium-sized business (500 or fewer full-time equivalents)
• incorporated and for-profit
• ready to enhance your innovation capacity and willing to partner with the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP)

• The objective of the Apprenticeship START program is to encourage employers to register, retain and support their apprentices to completion during their apprenticeship journey.
• The program has a focus of small to medium-sized businesses/organizations including not-for-profits and social enterprises that have business locations and jobs in Nova Scotia.
• Employers can receive up to $25,000 in funding for the duration of the apprenticeship. If the employer hires an apprentice from an under-represented group, the funding increases to $30,000.

• Innovate to Opportunity (ITO) is helping well-educated graduates start their careers in Nova Scotia while helping businesses become more innovative and export-oriented.
• The program provides an incentive to hire recent masters and PhD grads for jobs that are focused on research and innovation that will help businesses begin, prepare for or expand exports.
• This program is available to small and medium-sized businesses with up to 500 full-time employees operating in Nova Scotia.

To be eligible for the program, employers must create a new full-time position that:
○ is based in Nova Scotia
○ is focused on innovation
○ pays at least $60,000 a year

• All organizations that apply for (ITO) must first register as a LaMPSS organization (Labour Market Programs Support System). This is a one-time registration process that allows you to create an account and apply for the (ITO) program through the LaMPSS online platform.

  • The Start Program encourages employers to hire Nova Scotians requiring work experience.
  • Financial incentives will be provided to employers with a labour need willing to support ready-to-work Nova Scotians.
  • Has a focus on small to medium-sized enterprises and not-for-profit organizations with an identified vacancy or need are eligible for support.
  • All organizations that apply for START must first register as a LaMPSS organization (Labour Market Programs Support System). This is a one-time registration process that allows you to create an account and apply for the START program through the LaMPSS online platform.
  • The Co-operative Education Incentive provides wage assistance to organizations that offer career-related work experiences for university and college co-operative students.
  • Employers must pay a minimum wage of $15 per hour (plus vacation pay and other mandatory employment costs). They will be reimbursed $7.50 for each hour worked by the student.
  • The student you hire must be enrolled in a co-operative education program at a Nova Scotia university or college. The work placement must be endorsed in advance by a university or college Coop Coordinator.
  • All organizations that apply for CEI must first register as a LaMPSS organization (Labour Market Programs Support System). This is a one-time registration process that allows you to create an account and apply for the CEI program through the LaMPSS online platform.
  • The available programs offer businesses start-up funding for equipment, to hire employees and develop markets. It provides information on some of the many private and public programs, services and funds that are available in Nova Scotia.
  • The Canada Summer Jobs Program is committed to providing quality work experience for young people between the ages of 15-30.
  • The core focus of the program is to help young people gain new work skills, experience and abilities to help enter the labour workforce.
  • Provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public-sector and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees.
  • The Atlantic Immigration Pilot helps employers hire qualified candidates for jobs you haven’t been able to fill locally. These candidates can be overseas or living in Canada temporarily. (The pilot has 3 programs for hiring candidates).
  • Each program has requirements that you and the candidate must meet. Before you make a job offer, you must be designated by the provincial government of Nova Scotia.
  • Once you make a job offer, you and the candidate will work through several steps. If you and the candidate meet all the requirements, the candidate gets permanent resident status in Canada.
  • The Graduate to Opportunity Program is helping to build a stronger workforce and retain young people in Nova Scotia with a salary incentive that makes it easier to hire recent graduates.
  • To qualify for the program, you must be a small business with less than 100 employees.
  • The position must be new, permanent, full-time and pay at least $30,000 a year.
  • Graduates who are eligible to be hired through the program must meet the following criteria:an individual who has successfully completed a post-secondary program within one year of the date the employer application is submitted.
  • All organizations that apply for GTO must first register as a LaMPSS organization (Labour Market Programs Support System). This is a one-time registration process that allows you to create an account and apply for the GTO program through the LaMPSS online platform.