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There are many programs and services available to employers that can help assist with their employment needs. We will continue to update as more information is made available. For further information on the programs and services contact the Department /Agency directly or contact Brandy and she will help you navigate through the system! brandy@nsfsc.ca

Business Development Funding & Services

Available through Fisheries and Oceans Canada

The Atlantic Fisheries Fund supports:

  • Innovation to encourage new products and technologies.
  • Infrastructure to encourage capital investments in new products, processes or technologies.
  • Science partnerships between industry, academia and other research institutions to improve our knowledge.

To be eligible for funding, you must:

  • Reside in a participating province.
  • Be active in or support activities related to the fish and seafood harvesting, processing or aquaculture sectors.
  • Demonstrate maximum economic benefits accruing to the Atlantic Region.

Benefit to Employers

  • The AFF is intended to help Canada’s fish and seafood sector to transition to meet the growing demand for seafood globally.
  • Its aim is to bring high value, high quality and sustainable products to markets at home and around the world.

Contact Information

For support with your application contact
RegionalAFF-FPARegional@dfompo.gc.ca
or
1-844-795-9718

Available through Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

  • The Atlantic Innovation Fund assists in developing and bringing to market new products and services that meet market demands and global quality standards.
  • Adapts new technology to meet business needs or respond to market opportunities.
  • Supports Atlantic Canada’s new and traditional sectors pursue opportunities, solve challenges, stay competitive and grow.

Benefit to Employers

  • Can aid Atlantic Canada at competing at home and abroad by supporting the development of innovative products and services that lead to commercial success.

Available through Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)

  • NSCC and Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre are collaborating to offer a new and innovative program for entrepreneurs in the Annapolis Valley, Southwest Nova and South Shore regions of Nova Scotia.
  • The Building Your Small Business Program has a flexible format using a tailored approach to support the individual goals of entrepreneurs.
  • Delivered through a combination of in-person meetings and online interactions.

Benefit to Employers

  • Can produce confident educated and empowered new entrepreneurs that will bring new business and economic development to rural Nova Scotia.
  • Work with an assigned advisor who will assist in identifying a solution based learning plan that will strengthen your business or support your business start-up planning process.

Contact Information

Alison Marshall
Alison.Marshall@nscc.ca

Available through Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

• The Business Development Program assists with businesses starting up, expansion or modernization by providing access to capital in the form of interest-free repayable assistance.

Benefit to Employers

  • Gain access to interest-free repayable assistance for business growth.

Available through Efficiency Nova Scotia

  • Efficiency Nova Scotia has a range of programs, rebates and incentives that will help your plant or business run more efficiently.

If interested:

  1. Employers must fill out a very short online contact form.
  2. A Business Development Manager who specializes in the Manufacturing industry will be in touch with you to discuss which services and programs are best for your business.

Benefit to Employers

  • Can help identify the programs and rebates that will be the ideal fit for your business.
  • Can provide comprehensive energy management plans to help streamline work, reduce waste and create a more productive environment for your employees.

Contact Information

E-mail: info@efficiencyns.ca
or phone: 1-877-999-6035

Available through Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CM&E)

  • The Manufacturing Productivity Program is an initiative being offered to (32) Nova Scotia qualifying companies looking to improve business performance through Lean productivity improvements.
  • The government has invested in the manufacturing sector and will help cover the costs of training with this program.
  • The program is designed to deploy dedicated Lean facilitators to deliver hands-on Lean training to all levels of employees within an organization. Participating companies are grouped into Lean leveraged learning networks according to geographic proximity.

Benefit to Employers

  • Lean training will help your performance, by reducing waste, increasing productivity and your bottom line.
  • Can help small to medium-sized businesses grow and compete.

Contact Information

Bruce Carlyle
Director of Productivity & Programs
902-292-5449

Employment Funding & Services

Available through Government of Canada

  • 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.

Benefit to Employers

  • Can help employers in Atlantic Canada hire foreign skilled workers who want to immigrate to Atlantic Canada and international graduates who want to stay in Atlantic Canada after they graduate.

Available through Government of Canada

  • 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.

Benefit to Employers

  • Creates quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years.

Available through NS Department of Labour and Advanced Education

  • The Co-operative Education Incentive provides wage assistance to organizations that offer career-related work experiences for university and college co-operative students.
  • Employers will pay the student at least $15 per hour, plus vacation pay, for 32.5 to 40 hours of work per week.
  • Students must be enrolled in a Nova Scotia university or college that has a co-operative education program.
  • 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.

Benefit to Employers

  • Employers can hire a co-op student for a work term of 12-16 weeks. You’ll receive a subsidy of $7.50 an hour ($9.00 if the new graduate is a member of a designated diversity group) for the wages you pay the student.
  • 32 week terms are available in some education programs.

Contact Information

To register for LaMPSS, please call
1-877-223-0888

Available through Access Nova Scotia

  • 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.

Benefit to Employers

  • Discover what program suits your business needs.

Available through NS Department of Labour and Advanced Education

  • 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. (Please see canlearn.ca for a list of the post-secondary institutions this program recognizes.)
  • 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.

Benefit to Employers

  • Employers receive 25% of the first year’s salary – 35% if the new graduate is a member of a designated diversity group – and 12.5% of the second year’s salary.
  • Applications are typically approved within 5 business days.

Contact Information

Phone: 902-424-6000
or e-mail: yepinfo@novascotia.ca

To register for LaMPSS, please call
1-877-223-0888

Available through Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)

  • The GradWorks: Employer Incentive Program matches smalltomedium-sized businesses across Nova Scotia with skilled and talented NSCC graduates from three eligible programs.
  • To participate in this program, a graduate must have completed an eligible NSCC program within the last three years.
  • GradWorks is available to graduates from the following programs: Human Resource Management (Advanced Diploma), Industrial Engineering Technology (Diploma) and Occupational Health & Safety (Certificate).

Benefit to Employers

  • Your business will receive up to 66% salary support – to a maximum of $25,000 – when you hire a qualified NSCC graduate for up to a one-year period.
  • Gain the professional expertise of a recent graduate in their field of study.

Contact Information

Tracy Peers
Work-Integrated Learning Coordinator
902-491-2013
workexperience@nscc.ca

Available through NS Department of Labour and Advanced Education

  • 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.

Benefit to Employers

  • The provided incentive can be used to pay for the individual’s wages, MERC, training costs and/or other related costs associated with hiring a new employee.
  • Incentives vary and are based on an evaluation.

Contact Information

To register for LaMPSS, please call
1-877-223-0888

Export Funding & Services

Available through Nova Scotia Business Inc.

  • The Export Growth Program supports businesses looking to increase their export sales outside of Nova Scotia by providing financial incentives for projects that assist a business’s ability to overcome barriers to export growth.
  • Contributes up to 50% of eligible costs to a max of $15,000 CAD.

Benefit to Employers

  • The financial incentives can cover travel to a market outside of Nova Scotia to attend a trade show, conference or to visit clients, potential partners or investors.
  • Have foreign clients, potential partners or investors visit your Nova Scotia facility for the first time.

Contact Information

Phone: 902-424- 5054
or e-mail: egp@nsbi.ca

Available through Nova Scotia Business Inc.

  • The Scotians Global Advisor program connects you and your business with a global network of advisors who are passionate about the success and growth of Nova Scotia. Here is what you can expect as a Scotians participant:
    • Work with the Scotians’ Program Manager to better understand your current business challenges and barriers.
    • Be matched and introduced to relevant global advisors who are ready to provide guidance, fresh perspectives, and insights across a variety of topics.

Benefit to Employers

  • Gain insight and knowledge by networking with key influencers and industry experts within Nova Scotia’s community of expats, alumni and friends of the province.

Contact Information

E-mail: ConnectNS@nsbi.ca

Available through Nova Scotia Business Inc.

  • The Small Business Development Program provides Nova Scotia businesses looking to increase their export capacity by providing financial incentives on projects that assist a business to grow current exports or participate in a global supply chain.
  • The program supports the acquisition of a private sector consultant to provide professional expertise. Contributions of up to 50% of eligible project costs to a maximum incentive of $15,000 CAD.
  • A business with revenue growth of at least 15% in its previous complete fiscal year may be eligible for up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $25,000 CAD.

Benefit to Employers

  • Gain access to financial incentives, research expertise to improve productivity, competitiveness and to remove barriers in exporting.

Workplace Diversity Resources

Available through Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)

  • Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) offers a free 12-week English-learning program for immigrant employees to help them with on-the-job language skills(two 90-minute sessions per week).
  • Delivered by a qualified EAL instructor and encompasses speaking, listening, writing, reading and Canadian workplace culture.
  • Training can be completed in person or by distance.

Benefit to Employers

  • Customized individual or group language training for immigrant employees assisting with their adjustment in the Canadian workplace, enhancing communication and fostering working relationships.

Contact Information

Laurie Burns
EAL Instructor
902-406-8653
lburns@isans.ca

Available through Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)

  • The Professional Practice Program connects employers across Nova Scotia with skilled immigrant professionals.

The program is:

  • Flexible: Up to six weeks part or full-time depending on need.
  • Low Risk: All participants insured against injury at workplace.
  • Targeted: Individual skills matched with employer needs.
  • Career Focused: Participants are professionals with related education and skills.
  • No Strings Attached: No obligation to hire or pay – can be terminated by either party at any time.

Benefit to Employers

  • All participants are job ready and legally eligible to work in Canada.
  • As a host employer, you would offer a participant the chance to work in your organization for up to six weeks at no cost to your business.

Contact Information

Joanna Stewart
902-406-4172
jstewart@isans.ca

Available through Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)

  • Skills Match provides a FREE online resource for accessing skilled immigrant professionals.
  • Is a recruitment resource for companies that features pre-screened, internationally educated professionals who have already worked with an employment specialist and are ready to work in Canada.
  • It offers a job posting component where employers can post jobs and view immigrant talent at a time convenient to them.

Benefit to Employers

  • Provides direct access to a pool of skilled immigrant professionals.
  • Free, confidential and efficient.

Contact Information

E-mail: skillsmatch@isans.ca

Available through Nova Scotia Works

  • Nova Scotia Works offers a FREE online guidance tool for creating a welcoming workplace.
  • Provides downloadable guides and templates to assist companies in keeping and managing valued employees in a diverse workforce.

Benefit to Employers

  • Employers who tap into the full potential of the province’s workforce by building an inclusive work environment are poised to better attract and retain workers.

Available through Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)

  • Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) hosts a variety of workshops for improving workplace culture. The sessions can be completed onsite or live streamed online.
  • The Workplace Culture Program helps Nova Scotian employers better understand the benefits of hiring international talent, understand the importance of immigrant experience in the workplace and learn methods to improve intercultural competence and retain immigrant employees.

Benefit to Employers

  • Gain information on how to improve cross-cultural competence in your workplace.
  • Improve your company’s ability to retain immigrant personnel.

Contact Information

Paul Pickering
902-406-8693
ppickering@isans.ca

Human Resources (HR) Services

Available through Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC)

  • The Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) provides consultant advisory services to small and medium-sized businesses and not-for-profit organizations in Atlantic Canada.
  • Employers can access technical and financial assistance from consultants.
  • Eligible CAS activities include: Business Management Development Practices, Access to Capital, Market Readiness/Export Potential,Specific Studies/Business Plan Mentoring and Aftercare/Mentoring and Follow-up Services.

Benefit to Employers

  • Can increase the profitability of your business.
  • Gain more knowledge about best business practices through experienced professionals.

Available through Nova Scotia Works

  • Nova Scotia Works centres have hands-on staff who specialize in assisting employers and business owners with their unique needs.
  • Employer Engagement Specialists provides tools, links and resources related to Human Resources.
  • Navigates federal and provincial funding programs to find a match based on your business needs.
  • Provides follow up and support to employers during the job search process.

Benefit to Employers

  • Informs employers about government-funded programs.
  • Assistance with the creation of job descriptions and ads.
  • Posting of job vacancies online and in-house.

Available through Nova Scotia Works

  • The HR Toolkit is a FREE online resource containing information and tools for small and medium-sized employers in Nova Scotia.

Benefit to Employers

  • The web page includes ideas and tips, practical guides, checklists, downloadable templates and links to other relevant resources that will help you find, keep and develop valued employees.

Available through Government of Canada

  • The Government of Canada provides information on HR topics such as Keeping Employee Records, Managing and Training Employees and Resources for Employers.

Benefit to Employers

  • Provides valuable and FREE HR resources for your business.

Available through Centre for Entrepreneur-ship Education and Develop-ment (CEED)

  • The Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED) is a resource for business support, delivering innovative programs and services that empower individuals and communities to achieve their full potential.
  • Meet with a member of the CEED team to discuss any challenge that your business is facing. We’d be happy to schedule a FREE 30 minute advisory appointment with you.
  • Will provide advice and resources related to your business needs.

Benefit to Employers

  • Can help answer your business-related questions.
  • Offer the flexibility of meeting in person at our CEED offices or online via Adobe Connect (must have a computer equipped a with camera, speaker and microphone).

Available through The Employer Advisor Nova Scotia Society (OEA)

  • The Employer Advisor Nova Scotia Society (OEA) assists businesses with a broad range of programs and services from Workers’ Compensation, Occupational Health and Safety, Human
    Resources management issues to employment matters.
  • A range of their services are FREE!

Benefit to Employers

  • Advocate for employers.
  • Provide employer focused training.
  • Promote healthy and safe workplaces and workplace practices.

Contact Information

Business Services Advisor
Joy Samuel
902-442-9366

Safety Resources

Available through Government of Canada

  • The Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety offers FREE safety training to the residencesof Nova Scotia.
  • These courses are delivered, in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).
  • There are 18 online courses to choose from- a limit of 3 courses per person, per calendar year.

Benefit to Employers

  • Provides up-to-date and relevant topics in both health and safety.

Available through Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB)

  • The Create a Program contains eight simple steps to help you make working safe a top-of-mind concern throughout your organization.
  • The eight steps give you the basics for starting an effective and sustainable health and safety program.

Benefit to Employers

  • Improve your workplace safety culture.

Available through Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB)

  • The Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) provides resources that are available to help you make your next safety meeting engaging and informative.

Topics include:

  • Protecting your body: find out how small changes can make a big difference to reduce the most common injury in NS.
  • Tools for a safer workplace: safety education is required for all workplaces. These tools can help you get started!
  • Examples of safe and healthy workplaces begin with everyone stepping in. See where these journeys have led.
  • Order safety materials for FREE, have prevention and return-to-work materials mailed directly to you.

Benefit to Employers

  • WCB provides tools and resources to help employers and workers create safe workplaces.
  • The provided resources can help support and promote a safety culture within your business.

Available through Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB)

  • The Small Business Safety Toolkit  provide tools for management including information on how to create a safe workplace.

Benefit to Employers

  • Contains informative tools to increase knowledge on workplace safety, legal requirements, health and safety policies and more.
  • Can help you better understand how health and safety plays a role in day-to-day operations.

Available through Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB)

  • A WCB Safety Certified accreditation is issued to companies who have passed an audit of their health and safety management system. The audits are conducted by audit providers approved by the WCB to conduct WCB Safety Certified audits.
  • A WCB Safety Certified audit measures the effectiveness of a company’s health and safety management system across 22 elements.

Benefit to Employers

  • WCB Safety Certified accreditation demonstrates that your business takes safety seriously.

Contact Information

Matt Ross
902-478-5702

Skills Training Funding & Services

Available through NS Department of Labour and Advanced Education

  • The One Journey Initiative provides support for unemployed and underemployed Nova Scotians.
  • Essential skills and customized training are a part of every project.
  • The initiative is designed to address labour shortages in partnership between LAE, industry and the community.

Benefit to Employers

  • Can help improve your company’s retention rates and benefit from employees who have received technical and essential skills training.

Available through NS Department of Labour and Advanced Education, CBDC and Bluedrop

SkillsonlineNS offers thousands of FREE online business training courses on important workplace topic such as:

  • Leadership Essentials
  • Working with Difficult People
  • Business Essentials – Communication
  • Business Essentials – Workplace Conflict

Benefit to Employers

  • Employees have the ability to build their own courses.
  • Increase productivity at NO COST.
  • Career development tips and various online communities for professionals.

Available through NS Department of Labour and Advanced Education

  • The Workplace Education Initiative Program promotes learning at work and supports the development of a skilled, adaptable and competitive workforce by increasing workplace essential skills.
  • Provides education and training on a broad range of topics from Literacy and Essential Skills to Communication, Leadership and Academic upgrading.
  • A workplace must participate in an Organizational Needs Assessment (ONA). The ONA process involves consultation with employees who represent all levels of your organization.
  • Classes are small with seven to twelve participants and delivery is based on adult education principals.
  • Programs can range between 34-120 hours, delivered in 2, 3 or 4-hour sessions, continuing over several weeks or months.

Benefit to Employers

  • Relevant curriculum is customized to the needs of the participants and the workplace so that the learning is a true reflection of the skills required in the workplace.
  • Essential Skills provide the foundation for learning other skills and enable people to evolve with their jobs and adapt to workplace changes.
  • Everyone in the workplace is a potential learner.

Contact Information

Workplace Education Coordinator:
https://novascotia.ca/lae/workplace-education/contact.asp

Available through NS Department of Labour and Advanced Education

  • The Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive (WIPSI) supplements employer contributions to train full-time staff who are permanently located in Nova Scotia. The goal is to improve productivity and profitability, increase innovation, adapt to new technology, machinery and equipment, or work processes, increase inter-provincial and international competitiveness and foster workplace diversity.
  • If you are a small business in Nova Scotia with less than 50 employees, you may be eligible for up to 100% of your training costs to be covered up to $10,000. For larger businesses, WIPSI provides up to 50% of direct training costs.
  • All organizations that apply for (WIPSI) 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 (WIPSI) through the LaMPSS online platform.

Benefit to Employers

  • Funding is available to support training based on a valid business case, eligible training expenses and owners/employees permanently located in Nova Scotia.

Contact Information

Phone: 1-844-850-2030

To register for LaMPSS, please call
1-877-223-0888

Available through Centre for Entrepreneur-ship Education and Develop-ment (CEED)

  • The workshops are a highly-effective approach to business training that combines peer learning and experimentation.
  • Provides entrepreneurs innovative opportunities to build and grow their businesses through: Collaboration with Peers, Experiential Learning, Hands-On Workshops, Technology to Spark Innovation and Positive Risk-Taking.
  • The facilitators are experienced subject matter experts and successful small business owners, ready to share their knowledge and expertise with you.

Benefit to Employers

  • Offer entrepreneurs at all stages a wide variety of hands-on learning opportunities.
  • Flexible learning options: In person or webinars (coming soon).

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