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Programs for Hiring

Hiring Programs

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Hiring and Retaining International Students and Graduates in Atlantic Canada
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Saint Mary’s Funding for Employers Document
All NS Funding Options for Employers.pdf
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Nova Scotia
Workplace Innovation and Productivity Incentive
This funding incentive was designed to encourage you to invest in employee training to improve productivity and foster workplace diversity.
If your organization represents wholesale, retail, accommodations or food services, you are eligible to apply.
Start Program
The START Program encourages employers to hire employees requiring work experience. Incentives will vary depending on the type of employment offered and the skill level of the employee.
This program has a focus on small to medium-sized enterprises.
Graduate to Opportunity
Graduate to Opportunity (GTO) is helping to build a stronger workforce and retain well-educated young people in Nova Scotia with a salary incentive that makes it easier to hire recent graduates. As an employer, you will receive 25% of the first year’s salary, 35% if the new graduate is a member of a distinct diversity group, and 12.5% of the second year’s salary.
It is available to small businesses of fewer than 100 employees, start-up companies (incorporated within two years of the application date), social enterprises, not-for-profit organizations, and registered charities with recognized standing.
Innovate to Opportunity
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 graduates for jobs that are focused on research and innovation that will help businesses begin, prepare for, or expand exports.

New Brunswick
Youth Employment Fund
The Youth Employment Fund (YEF) provides an entry point to long-term employment for unemployed individuals between 18-29 years of age who require a work experience opportunity as identified through their employment action plan. By placing an individual with an employer, the youth may gain work experience and develop skills through basic workplace training, mentoring and coaching (from the employer).

Newfoundland and Labrador
Graduate Transition to Employment Program
Graduate Transition to Employment Program (GTEP) is an incentive for employers in Newfoundland and Labrador to hire Memorial University graduates. Employers and/or organizations in the private sector (includes not-for-profits) within Newfoundland and Labrador are eligible to apply for GTEP funding.
JobsNL Wage Subsidy
The JobsNL Wage Subsidy program is designed to connect employers and employees by providing funding to employers to create sustainable long-term employment or seasonal employment. The subsidy is meant to offset salary costs to create new positions. Employers may receive a 50% subsidy (up to a maximum of $8/hour) towards the hourly wage.
Small Enterprise Co-operative Placement Assistance Program
Small Enterprise Co-operative Placement Assistance Program (SECPAP) is funded by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Advanced Education and Skills and is administered by the Co-operative Education Office in each institution. Work terms must be in small private firms (less than 50 employees and annual sales less than $5 million) and provide students with relevant employment experience related to their field of study.
Prince Edward Island
Graduate Mentorship Program
The Graduate Mentorship Program is an employment program developed to help employers create long term employment opportunities for unemployed recent post-secondary graduates in their field of study. If you are hiring a recent post secondary graduate who lacks the work experience necessary for the position, we can subsidize up to 50% of the wages for 52 weeks. This program supports international graduates.

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