Hiring Workers


START is available to businesses, not for profit organizations and social enterprises that have business locations and jobs in Nova Scotia. The START program focuses on small to medium sized enterprises and encourages employers to hire eligible Nova Scotians requiring work experience or apprenticeship support.

Learn more about the START program and how to apply at www.gov.ns.ca/employmentnovascotia/programs/start.asp

Apprenticeship Training and Trade Certification

Apprenticeship is a form of post-secondary education, covering over 60 trades, for both young and mature individuals who want to be certified to work in a skilled trade. Trade experts (certified journeypersons) who hire apprentices and provide them with further training are eligible for the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit.
Learn more about Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit

Student Employment Programs - Strategic Cooperative Education Incentive

The objective of the Strategic Cooperative Education Incentive is to help high value businesses and organizations recruit and retain university and community college students for work placements by offering a quality work experience as part of university or community college co-op program. Approved projects will receive $7.50 per hour (50% of the required minimum hourly wage of $15.00 per hour) to a maximum of 40 hours per week.
Learn more about the Strategic Cooperative Education Incentive

Student Employment Programs - Student Career Skills Development Program

The Student Career Skills Development Program is available to qualified not-for-profit organizations in Nova Scotia that hire students who will be attending or are returning to a post-secondary institution in the fall. Positions paying $10.50 per hour or more will be considered, with up to $8.50 per eligible hour worked being reimbursed.
Learn more about the Student Career Skills Development Program

Energy Training Program for Students

The Energy Training Program encourages private-sector employers to hire Nova Scotian post-secondary students for career-related work terms in all sectors of the energy industry.  The program offers employers an opportunity to gain access to students and recent graduates from Nova Scotia universities and community college campuses.
A wage subsidy is available to small- to medium-sized Nova Scotia companies involved in the energy sector.  Eligible companies may receive a 50% wage incentive toward student salaries.
Learn more about the Energy Training Program for Students