JFA information

The Canada-Nova Scotia Job Fund Agreement (JFA) will help Nova Scotia to continue its commitment to address the labour market needs and requirements of Nova Scotia and to create a strong and adaptable workforce with the skills needed to succeed in today’s economy

The Canada-Nova Scotia Job Fund Agreement (JFA) is intended to:

  • Provide access to comparable programs for EI Clients and those not eligible for EI, to enhance the labour market participation of all Nova Scotians, particularly low-skilled workers and under-represented groups;
  • Encourage greater employer involvement in training to ensure that skills are better aligned to job opportunities, particularly in sectors facing skills mismatches and shortages;
  • Make it as administratively easy as possible for all residents of Nova Scotia to get the help they need to develop the skills necessary to quickly find and maintain employment; and
  • Demonstrate to the public that their tax dollars are achieving the best possible results through increased labour market participation of Eligible Beneficiaries.

In Nova Scotia, the Canada Job Fund is administered under three streams and is accessible to eligible businesses and organizations, who in turn will offer services and/or training to eligible individuals. These three streams will focus on productivity, attachment and participation.

  1. Canada Job Grant: the employer determines who will receive training and what type, has a job available at the end of the training period, and financially contributes a minimum amount to the training which is provided by a provincially recognized third-party trainer. The existing provincial program, WIPSI, falls under this stream.

  2. Employer-Sponsored Training: the employer determines who will receive training and what type of training; the training must lead to an available job and the employer must make a contribution (financial or in-kind) to the training. In contrast to the CJG, Employer-Sponsored Training is broadly defined, is not limited to direct training costs, and does not require a minimum employer contribution. Existing LAE programs like START and One Journey Work and Learn fall under this stream.

  3. Employment Services and Supports: programs that help Nova Scotians prepare for, find, and keep employment. This includes programs typically funded under the previous LMA, including job readiness and employment counselling services, settlement services, literacy and essential skills training, and financial supports and benefits. Existing programs, like literacy programs, fall under this stream.

For More information, please review our JFA Q&A document.


Funding provided through the Canada–Nova Scotia Job Fund