Student Employment Program (SEP)

The Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism administers several programs designed to assist employers in a variety of sectors by providing a wage rebate to encourage them to hire students.

The purpose of these programs is to support meaningful work experience for post-secondary students in their field of study. This experience helps students qualify for full time employment upon graduation, while enhancing their skills for their chosen career.
Eligible students must be currently enrolled full-time in a post-secondary education and returning to full-time studies in the following school year. A graduating high school student in the program year, who can provide a letter of acceptance for attendance as a full-time student at a post-secondary institution in the next school year, may also be considered.

Other programs are designed to provide work term experience for students who are registered in eligible post-secondary Co-operative studies, who require these work terms as part of graduation requirements.

Employers, please read the application guidelines associated with each program before submitting an application.

  • Strategic Cooperative Education Incentive (SCEI)
    This incentive assists high-value businesses and organizations recruit and retain university and community college students by providing quality work experience; encourage youth retention leading to full-time long-term employment, while also improving workforce productivity.

  • Student Career Skills Development Program (SCSDP)
    SCSDP partners with not-for-profit organizations to create career-related summer jobs for post-secondary students. The jobs will be distributed across the province based on population and unemployment for each county.

Student Employment Program
Economic and Rural Development and Tourism
1660 Hollis Street
Suite 600
Halifax, NS B3J 1V7

Halifax Area: 902-424-6000
Toll Free (within Nova Scotia): 1-800-424-5418
Fax: 902-424-0508