Employment Statistics

Nova Scotia is proud to support a strong and vibrant labour force. Please see the following statistics for the aquaculture, fish harvesting and seafood processing sectors.

Aquaculture Sector

In 2021, there were 867 people employed in the Aquaculture Sector. The below chart provides an overview of the employment in the industry.

Fish Harvesting Sector

In 2022. a total of 13,240 Personal Fisher Registrations were issued in Nova Scotia. The following graph illustrates the percentage of registrations issued through the Fish Harvesters Registration and Certification Board of Nova Scotia and Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).

Seafood Processing

In 2021,there were over 4,700+ people employed in the Seafood Processing Sector. The below chart provides an overview of the employment in the industry.

HR Toolkit for Industry

The Nova Scotia Fisheries Sector Council have been working within processing facilities to improve their HR planning efforts. The following templates are available to employers and can be customized to fit your needs or requirements.

HR Toolkit: List of Templates

  • Job Analysis Form
  • Job Descriptions
  • Interview Guideline
  • Reference Check Guideline
  • Job Application Form
  • Employee Handbook includes a variety of policies and procedures (i.e. Handheld Device Policy, Social Media Guideline and Code of Conduct)
  • Critical Incident Form
  • Exit Interview

If you would like to obtain a copy of any of these templates, please contact Brandy – brandy@nsfsc.ca