Graduate to Opportunity

The Graduate to Opportunity program (GTO) provides salary contributions to employers to offset the cost of hiring a recent graduate and assist post-secondary graduates find career opportunities in Nova Scotia.

Please read through the program guidelines before completing your application.


If you intend on hiring an Apprentice you will need to apply for the START program. Apprentices are not eligible for Graduate to Opportunity (GTO).

Employers must offer a permanent full-time position with a minimum annual salary of $30,000.

Eligible Employers – Nova Scotia employers that meet one or more of the following criteria are eligible for the program:

  • a company with fewer than 100 employees, and/or
  • a start-up company, incorporated within two years of the application date, and/or
  • social enterprise, not-for-profit organization, or registered charity, with recognized standing

Eligible Recent Graduates – A recent graduate is an individual who has successfully completed a post-secondary program within a year of the date the employer application is received. They must live and work in Nova Scotia as a new full-time employee of the organization. The recent graduate must not begin employment until final approval is granted through the program.

Post-secondary institutions recognized under this program:

How to Apply

The first step is registering for LaMPSS.

Once you have created an account, you can apply for the GTO through the LaMPSS platform. There is step-by-step information on these processes in the GTO Program Guidelines.

*Note: We are no longer accepting paper applications.

Contact Information

Labour and Advanced Education
PO Box 578
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 2S9

Phone: 902 424-6000
Fax: 902 428-2037