START

The START program encourages employers to hire Nova Scotians requiring work experience or apprenticeship support resulting in good jobs for Nova Scotians and good employees for employers

Program Information

Program Objective

The START Program will encourage employers to hire Nova Scotians requiring work experience and to register and employ apprentices.

Financial incentives will be provided to employers with a labour need willing to support ready-to-work Nova Scotians. Incentives will vary depending on the type of employment offered, the skill level of the employee and could include a retention bonus.

Who delivers START?

Employment Nova Scotia will lead this pilot program for the fiscal year 2012-2013, in partnership with Workplace Initiatives and Apprenticeship Training. The results of the pilot will determine the appropriate delivery method for the program in fiscal year 2013-2014.

Eligibility Information

Individuals
Am I eligible for participation in the START Program?

You may be eligible for START if:

  • You are unemployed, Canadian citizens or permanent residents legally entitled to work in Canada and are a Nova Scotia resident; or
  • You are a potential apprentice who is from a recognized under-represented group including women (in nontraditional trades), African Nova Scotians, aboriginal Nova Scotians, or persons with disabilities; or
  • You are a potential apprentice who will be hired by an employer in a rural area.
  • You are an international graduate who meets eligibility requirements.
Organizations

START is available to:

All businesses, organizations (Not for profit and Social Enterprises) that have business locations and jobs in Nova Scotia. The START program has a focus on Small to medium sized enterprises.

Companies with headquarters outside of Nova Scotia are eligible to apply only if they also have a physical location in Nova Scotia.


Application Information

How do I apply?
  • Individuals
    • As part of the application process, it is necessary for you to receive an employment assessment and develop a Return to Work Action Plan with a case manager. The case manager's decision is required before Employment Nova Scotia can assess your application. Please refer to the list of Careers Nova Scotia Centres to find an organization that provides Case Management in your area. The Employment Assistance Service provider can guide you through your completion of the application for START Program.
  • Organizations/Employers
    • Organization applications can be submitted online using the LaMPSS system and will be reviewed by ENS staff.  Application assistance will be provided to employers by ENS when required. 
    • To register for the LaMPSS system, please call  1-877-223-0888 to obtain a registration package.
    • For more details on the application process and program eligibility/information please download the START Program Guidelines.

Apprentice START

The objective of the Apprentice START program is to encourage employers to register and employ apprentices. Employers wishing to apply for funding under this stream of START should complete the following steps;

  • Engage with the Apprenticeship Division to register a new apprentice
  • Complete the LaMPSS registration process
  • Once employers have received a usercode and password, they are able to access LaMPSS to apply for funding and should select Apprentice START from the list of available programs in LaMPSS.

Employers wishing to hire a non-apprentice should

  • Register for LaMPSS:
  • Once employers have received a usercode and password, they are able to access LaMPSS to apply for funding and should select START from the available list of programs in LaMPSS


What else do I need to know?

  • Businesses and Not for Profit organizations with an identified vacancy or need are eligible for support. Support to employers will enable them to take the time they need to develop the skills and abilities of a new employee, maximizing their potential and contributing to the ongoing success of the enterprise.
  • Incentive amounts will be determined by Employment Nova Scotia and the incentive amount received by an employer will be evaluated on the following factors:
    • Employers who are hiring apprentices
    • *Employment Nova Scotia Clients with lack of work experience
    • *Employment Nova Scotia clients with challenges that prevent labour market attachment
    • The employer is in a priority sector in Nova Scotia (e.g. ocean technology, information and communication technology, financial services, clean technology, life sciences, aerospace and defense)
    • Other factors may apply
  • Incentives can be used to pay for individual’s wages, MERC, training costs or other related costs associated with hiring of a new employee.  

*Employment Nova Scotia Clients are individuals who are developing or are currently working on a Return to Work Action Plan with a career practitioner at an Employment Assistance Service Provider. Please refer to the list of Careers Nova Scotia Centers to find an organization that provides Case Management in your area.

  • START Fact Sheet - Coming Soon!

Contact Information