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 The Province of Nova Scotia

• Businesses can apply for a cost-shared grant to make accessibility-related improvements. Improvements can be for clients and customers, for employees or both.
• Grants are intended to improve overall accessibility and create welcoming commercial environments that persons with disabilities can access for business and employment opportunities.
• Limit of $100,000 per applicant per year.

The five categories of funding:

Built Environment:
Removing physical barriers for persons to access business services, by installing ramps, accessible washrooms, door openers, and other projects.

Accessible Communications Services:
Ensuring that all customers, clients and employees can access information related to a business.

Assistive Devices:
Ensuring that employees and consumers who are person with disabilities have the devices they need to effectively do their jobs and access places of business.

Universal Design Capacity Building:
Training in the field of Universal Design, both for technical services professionals and for persons with disabilities wishing to better understand its value.

Accessible Transportation:
Providing support for businesses to improve access to transportation services.

 

Benefit to Employers

• Removes barriers and promotes inclusion within your business

Contact Information

Wayne Matheson
Wayne.matheson@novascotia.ca
(902) 424-4408

Available through Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED)

  • The Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED) offers customized one-on-one Business Advisory Services.
  • You’ll be matched with a member of their Senior Business Advisory Team, who will meet with you for the number of hours you feel you need to get the expert advice and support your business needs.
  • The fee for Business Advisory Services is $49 per hour, plus HST.

Benefit to Employers

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

Available through Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc

• Perennia Food and Agriculture Inc is a provincial development agency with the mission to support growth, transformation and economic development in Nova Scotia’s agriculture, seafood and food and beverage sectors. They are Nova Scotia’s only technical development agency focused solely on our food sector and maximizing its value.

Perennia works with companies in the fisheries sector in three key areas:
• Quality and food safety initiatives and training
• Product development and research to commercialize new products or improve current ones
• Sector development projects with the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and other industry partners

Benefit to Employers

• Product Development
Accelerating clients with technical support and scale up of new products or processes or enhancements in those areas.

• Quality & Food Safety
Their quality and food safety specialists can help you maintain and access new markets.

Contact Information

To discuss your needs in all areas, we encourage seafood companies to reach out to:
Marilyn O’Neil, Seafood Development Officer
(902) 579-6512
moneil@perennia.ca

Ashley Sprague, Seafood Development Specialist
(902) 955-0248
asprague@perennia.ca

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.

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 Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

•The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency works to create opportunities for economic growth in Atlantic Canada by helping businesses become more competitive, innovative and productive, and by working with diverse communities to develop and diversify local economies.

Benefit to Employers

• Offers business advice and guidance.
• Can help finance your business idea.
• Assist in making your business become more competitive.
• Provides free forms, templates, fact sheets, research studies and tools to help you with your project.

Employment Funding & Services

Available through Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency

• 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.

Benefit to Employers

• Apprentices become highly specialized in your processes, equipment and customers.
• Many employers find that those who started as apprentices end up being their future leaders.
• It’s a proven way to develop the right talent for your workplace
• They’re smart, motivated and bring fresh energy to your workplace.

Contact Information

Halifax Front Desk: 902-424-5651

Available through The 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 The 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 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.

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- please confirm with the Co-op Coordinator at the post-secondary institution.

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.
  • 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

 

Available through Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)

  • The GradWorks: Employer Incentive Program matches small to medium-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 (Graduate Certificate), Industrial Engineering Technology (Diploma) and Occupational Health & Safety (Diploma).

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

• 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.

Benefit to Employers

• Employers can receive salary incentives in one of two streams: Innovation Stream or Advanced Innovation Stream
• 35%- 50% of the graduate’s annual salary in Year 1 will be covered depending on what stream is chosen

Available through The Government of Canada

• 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)

Benefit to Employers

• Provides financial assistance to companies so they can hire young talent to contribute to their innovation needs.

Contact Information

Call toll-free at 1-877-994-4727. They will ask you some questions about your business to determine if you are eligible, including your business objectives and your capacity and willingness to grow through innovation.

Available through Saint Mary’s University Entrepreneurship Centre

• 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.

Benefit to Employers

• 700 hour wage subsidy, covering up to $12.55/hr plus MERCs, up to a maximum of $9,818.
• Additional support, as required, throughout the program to participants and employers to provide the best possible experience.

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

Employment Nova Scotia
1-877-223-0888

Export Funding & Services

Available through Nova Scotia Business Inc

• The 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.

Offers two streams to support your business growth:
Stream 1: This stream supports the acquisition of a private-sector consultant to provide professional expertise to overcome a certain pain point keeping your business from growing.
Stream 2: Focused on senior executives,this stream will help you and your company identify and develop the leadership skills needed to grow. Work with business experts to understand and address how to overcome barriers to successfully scale your company and increase sales.

Benefit to Employers

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

Available through The Government of Canada

• The CanExport funding program provides Canadian government grants to support export marketing projects including participation in trade shows and government-led trade missions.
• The program focuses on export marketing activities of existing products and services in foreign markets.
• In light of COVID-19, CanExport SMEs activities requiring travel are currently on hold. However, they are accepting new applications for CanExport SMEs.

How Funding Works
• CanExport SME provides funding on a cost-sharing basis with the recipient. The applicant may submit a maximum budget of $100,000; the minimum budget is set at $20,000.
• The program funds up to 75% of eligible costs for $15,000 to $75,000 in funding per project. The applicant is responsible for the remaining 25% (in-kind contributions are not permitted).

Benefit to Employers

•Businesses can de-risk export market evaluation and development, ultimately helping to accelerate international growth.
•Expert advice for digital and e-commerce marketing (Category F) is now eligible.

Available through LearnSphere & Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

• The E-tools for Exporting Program (E for E) provides financial assistance to help SMEs improve export performance through digital tools.
• This program will cover a maximum of 80% of eligible costs.
• Stacking: you can combine money from this program with money from other government programs up to a total maximum of 90%.

The program covers specific activities provided by consultants or agencies such as:
o Website development
o E-commerce integration
o SEO, Digital ads
o Social media strategy

Eligibility 
• To be eligible for financial assistance through E for E, you must be an Atlantic-based SME that is currently exporting or planning to export.
• Eligible applicants must have generated revenue in the last year. Applicants must demonstrate that the proposed activity will improve export performance. Priority will be given to current exporters and to applications that clearly demonstrate how the activity will impact growth of international business to business sales.

Benefit to Employers

• Help your company built a strong online presence with new digital marketing
• Increase your presence on social media platforms

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 per fiscal year.

Benefit to Employers

• Mitigating in-person and virtual trade show/conference costs by funding participation fees, conference fees and physical or virtual booth space.
• Have foreign clients, potential partners or investors visit your Nova Scotia facility.

Contact Information

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

Available through Halifax Partnership

• The Halifax Partnership brings together all three levels of government, industry, post-secondary and community partners to create and cultivate the necessary relationships for business growth.
• They can help you navigate the world of export and reach new customers outside of Nova Scotia.

Their Export Specialist can help connect you to resources to:
○ Build an export strategy
○ Answer common questions about export regulations
○ Identify funding to help you scale to meet the needs of new markets
○ Build relationships in other markets through trade missions, partnerships and marketing

Benefit to Employers

• They work closely and directly with leaders from the many business development agencies and support organizations in Halifax
• Will connect you to the right resources and contacts quickly and at NO CHARGE

Available through Export Development Canada (EDC)

• Export Development Canada (EDC) is a Crown corporation dedicated to helping Canadian companies of all sizes succeed on the world stage. As international risk experts, we equip employers with the tools they need to grow their business with confidence.

Their services include:
Trade knowledge: We provide expertise that enables our customers to make informed decisions and learn more about international markets.
Financial solutions: We help companies get access to capital and credit by working with financial institution partners.
Insurance: We offer protection that lowers the risk for Canadian companies doing business beyond our borders.
Connections: We connect Canadian and international companies to help both parties grow their business.

Benefit to Employers

• Their export advisors work with Canadian businesses to support your global growth.
• Got a question about markets outside of the U.S., EU and Mexico? Submit your questions directly to their advisors. They will be in touch with an answer.

Available through The Province of Nova Scotia

• The objectives of the Market Expansion and Export Readiness program is to encourage the agriculture, agri-food and seafood industries to expand their current established market share and foster economic growth through accessing new and emerging markets, building capacity to develop markets and expanding existing markets

Eligibility
An agri-business, agri-food processor, seafood distributor or agriculture industry association that:
• represents identifiable Nova Scotia agriculture and agri-food products
• generates an annual gross income of $30,000 or demonstrates not-for-profit status
• conducts value-added processing of a raw Nova Scotia agriculture product, with a direct partnership & significant economic impact to the primary agricultural industry
• can identify financial ability to complete the project
• a seafood distributor expanding in an international market
• must be export-ready and capable of servicing markets outside of Nova Scotia

Benefit to Employers

• Applicants are eligible for 50% funding assistance on total eligible project costs to a maximum of $30,000 per program year. Maximum funding for the duration of the CAP program (2018 – 2023) is $150,000.

• Eligible projects must be for new or incremental activities as they relate directly to market expansion, readiness and export opportunities for agriculture and seafood. Activities are considered new if the applicant has not conducted activities in the target market over the last 24 months

Contact Information

Complete and submit the Application to the Programs & Business Risk Management office

Phone: 902 893-6377
Toll-free: 1 866 844-4276
Fax: 902 893-7579
Email: prm@novascotia.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. (There is no fee to participate in this program)

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.

Eligibility:
• Be engaged or plan to engage in commercial activities outside of Nova Scotia;
• Have a fully developed exportable product, service, technology, or intellectual property that can be sold into a target market outside of Nova Scotia;
• Have an export plan (refer to the Scotians Program Guidelines for more detailed requirements).

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 Atlantic Chamber of Commerce

•The Europe Market Development Program (EMDP) is a powerful advisory and consultation program that is helping Atlantic Canada exporters expand their presence and grow sales in new industry sectors and countries in Europe.

Participation in EMDP provides personalized access to:
• Up to 20 days of one-on-one professional business development and in-market services, delivered by OCO Global
• Development of a tailor-made Strategic Market Entry Workplan including identification of pre-qualified connections to executive level decision-makers
• Dedicated services of in-market business development professionals to help drive sales generation and market development activities
• Coordinated access to existing federal and provincial export development resources and a network of export development officials

Qualifying for the EMDP
• Applicants should be experienced exporter companies currently selling outside of Atlantic Canada. They will be interviewed by export development officers and upon acceptance into the program will be required to pay a non-refundable participation fee of $4,750.00 CAD plus HST.

Benefit to Employers

•Offers eligible Atlantic Canada exporters everything they need to know to increase sales by integrating more efficiently and deeply into European markets as well as access to resources that support the development and execution of a tailor-made market entry strategy.

Contact Information

Pamela Rudolph
Manager, Market Development
902-401-8918

Available through The Halifax Chamber of Commerce

• The Trade Accelerator Program is an innovative initiative designed to accelerate the strategic development of your business and to better prepare you for an expansion into international markets.
• In addition to our in-class program, virtual formats are now available, depending on the region.
• TAP Virtual is delivered in 7-half day sessions held over several few weeks, concluding with a one-on-on mentoring session.
• The program is now open to applications from ALL Atlantic Provinces.

Program Cost
• The program fee for TAP is $5,000 per company. However, through the generous support of our sponsors, a bursary will be provided to you to lower the cost to $499 plus HST per company.
• Please note: Nominated companies who do not attend all seven (7) TAP sessions and complete an export plan prior to the One-on-One Mentoring Day will be charged the full program fee.

Benefit to Employers

• They will connect your business with top industry experts, provide you with the necessary coaching needed to build a personalized export strategy and equip you with the tools and resources to find success as you grow your business.
• Average growth of 33% in export sales in one year after participation.

Contact Information

Halifax Chamber of Commerce
32 Akerley Boulevard, Suite 100
Dartmouth NS, B3B 1N1
(902) 468-7111
info@halifaxchamber.com

Workplace Diversity Resources

Available through Ability Employers

  • Ability Employers is a group of employers shaping Inclusive and Diverse Workplaces in Nova Scotia.
  • They offer professional development and networking opportunities for Nova Scotia employers and exploring options for increased funding for Ability Employers.
  • They share ideas about best practices in recruitment, support and retention and work towards the common goal of creating inclusive and diverse workplaces and cultures.

Benefit to Employers

  • By networking within the business community and building partnerships and resources with other organizations, they help drive business success through inclusion and diversity.
  • By joining, you will expand your network of like-minded employers while increasing the diversity of perspectives on inclusion in the workplace.

Contact Information

Connect with an Ability Employer Co-Chair by e-mail at abilityemployerscanada@gmail.com

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

Julianna Sherriff
EAL Instructor
902-406-8652
jsherriff@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 Nova Scotia Works Employment Services Centres

  • 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: Diagnostic Assessments, Business Management Development Practices, Access to Capital, Market Readiness/Export Potential, Specific Studies/Business Plan Mentoring, Business Coaching, Business Valuation and Aftercare/Mentoring and Follow-Up

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 Employment Services Centres

  • 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.
  • For more information about Nova Scotia Works visit: https://novascotia.ca/works/

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 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

Phone: 902-442-9366
Fax: 902-252-3466
info@oeans.ca

Available through Department of Labour and Advanced Education

  • The purpose of this Guide is to help people understand how Nova Scotia Labour Standards legislation applies to employment relationships and the role of the Nova Scotia Labour Standards Division in enforcing the legislation.
  • Labour Standards legislation establishes the minimum employment rules in Nova Scotia that employers and employees must follow. It includes rules specific to recruiting workers and hiring foreign workers. These rules also include minimum standards for wages, deductions from pay, vacation pay, overtime pay, holidays with pay, leaves, ending employment and other things.
  • For information on specific Nova Scotia Labour Standards Code rules visit: https://novascotia.ca/lae/employmentrights/infoonspecificrules.asp

NOTE: This Guide deals only with Nova Scotia Labour Standards legislation. There are other laws that might apply to employment relationships such as Occupational Health and Safety (OHS)
legislation and Human Rights legislation.

Benefit to Employers

  • Help your business make well informed employment related decisions.

 

 

 

Contact Information

Inquiries About Employment Rights

Toll free within NS: 1-888-315-0110
Tel: 902-424-4311
Fax: 902-424-0648

LabourStandards@novascotia.ca

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.
  • The toolkit was designed to provide information and resources to help employers in Nova Scotia achieve their goals and compete in today’s marketplace.

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 Nova Scotia Works Employment Services Centres

• Employers with vacancies to fill are welcome to post their openings on their site. There is no charge for this service.
• Simply complete an Employer Job Posting Form.
• Your post will be automatically deleted on the date that you specify. If no closing date is specified, your post will remain up for 30 days.
• Your job posting will be viewed provincially at: http://www.novascotiaworks.ca

Reach out to your local Nova Scotia Works location for more information!

Benefit to Employers

  • FREE for employers
  • Have your job posting reach more job seekers (NS Work’s clients)

Contact Information

1(866) 711-0411 (toll free)
(902) 543-0284 (fax)

 

Available through Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS)

  • 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 The Government of Canada

  • This tool kit provides tools, training and resources for managers and employees to help combat racism and discrimination in the workplace.

Benefit to Employers

  • Improve your company’s workplace culture
  • Educate your staff about the importance of having a workplace free of racism & discrimination

Available through BoomersPlus

  • As a COVID-19 response to help small businesses get through and recover from this crisis, BoomersPlus has developed and launched a new program called the Virtual Adviser Program.
  • BoomersPlus has thousands of seasoned professionals in their national talent pool and have recruited Virtual Advisers that are crisis ready, willing and have the experience necessary to help advise businesses through these challenging times.
  • The Virtual Adviser Program is designed to match an experienced Virtual Adviser to a business for 4-6 phone meetings over a 1-3 month timeframe.

Benefit to Employers

  • Receive FREE trusted advice!

Safety Resources

Available through Government of Canada

  • The Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety offers FREE safety training to the residences of Nova Scotia.
  • These courses are delivered, in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).
  • There are a variety of 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

For more information about WCB Safety Certified, contact Employer.Incentives@wcb.ns.ca.

Skills Training Funding & Services

Available through Digital Nova Scotia

• Digital Nova Scotia offers FREE online training courses for entrepreneurs and small businesses looking to move their business online or to enhance their virtual presence.

They include:
• Facebook Blueprint Training
• Google Skillshop Training
• Digital Photography Training
• Shopify Compass Training

Benefit to Employers

• Gain the insights needed to bring your business online.
• Enhance your company’s online presence.

Available through Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce

• The Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce offers FREE training opportunities sponsored through Labour and Advanced Education and their Workplace Education Initiative.
• Programs and sessions are always expanding and being added.

Benefit to Employers

• Promotes learning at work and supports the development of your workers by increasing their workplace skills.

Contact Information

To register, please e-mail Melissa at melissa@cbregionalchamber.ca

Available through The Conference Board of Canada

  • The Conference Board of Canada helps inform and improve Canada’s education and skills sectors.
  • Their work provides leaders with the actionable insights they need to build a stronger future.

Benefit to Employers

  • Access lessons fast
  • Gain knowledge in key areas

Available through Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission

  • The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission serves as a resource for individuals and organizations across the province wishing to create respectful and inclusive workplaces.
  • Their public education and training initiatives help employers and their employees promote respect for diversity and reduce discriminatory practices, thereby ultimately creating healthier work environments.

The available videos:

○ Serving All Customers Better
○ Safe Spaces Make Great Workplaces
○ Working with Abilities

 

 

Benefit to Employers

  • FREE eLearning tools and resources.

Available through Canadian Mental Health Association, Nova Scotia Division

• Workplaces will acquire generalized to core mental health knowledge
• Develop powers of reasoning and judgement associated with a variety of mental health-related topics
• Please note: All sessions are currently virtual due to COVID-19

There are (3) sessions to choose from:
o Mental Health in the Workplace
o Recovery & Resilience
o Stress Management

Target audience: Workplaces
Duration: Half-day (3 hours)
Cost:$600 + HST (15-25 participants)

Benefit to Employers

• Participants will develop an understanding of the principles of mental health and its connection to the workplace

Contact Information

To register or request information on their education and training sessions, please contact the CMHA Nova Scotia Division toll-free: 1-877-466-6606 ext. 401

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 Food Processing Skills Canada

• The Canadian Food Processors Institute offers cost-effective courses created by industry and built on the official National Occupation Standard.
• Through a simple log in process – individuals, businesses, human resource professionals and educators can navigate through a comprehensive selection of high quality, online training (prices vary).
• Their courses are developed with subject matter experts – for industry by industry. Course content is applicable to real world scenarios and is engaging and informative.

Benefit to Employers

• All content is built on the official Canadian National Occupational Standards.
• Providing cost effective training for the food industry.

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 ACHIEVE Centre for Leadership

  • Their workshops include group discussions, personal reflection, skills practice, presentation and videos.
  • They offer over 50 different workshop topics.

They were created to be:

Accessible: No academic-style lectures
Applicable: Material can be transferred to real-world challenges and opportunities
Engaging: Relational trainers illustrate content with stories and humour
Interactive: Plenty of activities and discussions
Practical: Skills and tools designed for easy use in your setting

Benefit to Employers

• Improve workplace culture
• Enhance employee skills

Contact Information

Phone: 204-452-0180
Toll Free: 877-270-9776
Email: info@achievecentre.com

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

 

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