Grow your business

Get help hiring and training your staff so you can grow your business.

Incentives for hiring employees

Apprenticeship START

Funding to help you hire an apprentice from a diverse group or in a rural area.

Co-op Education Incentive (CO-OP)

Wage assistance when you hire university or community college co-op students for career-related work terms.

Energy Training Program

A wage subsidy to help you hire post-secondary students or grads for a summer work experience in the energy sector.

Graduate to Opportunity (GTO)

A 2-year salary incentive that reduces the cost of hiring recent post-secondary graduates for full-time, permanent jobs.

Job Creation Partnership

A funding incentive to help you hire unemployed Nova Scotians for community projects that will help them achieve their full-time employment goals.

Student Summer Skill Incentive (SKILL)

A wage subsidy to reduce the cost of hiring post-secondary students for quality summer jobs if you work for a non-profit or registered charity.


An incentive to help you hire unemployed Nova Scotians.

Help finding employees

Nova Scotia Works Employment Service Centres

A range of services, including online and in-person support, to help you recruit, retain and strengthen talented employees (select ‘Employer’ when you visit the site).

Industry sector councils

Sector-specific resources and expertise to help you attract, retain and train employees.

Job Bank

An online service where you can post your jobs and look for matches with skilled job-seekers.

One Journey Work and Learn

Help recruiting, custom-training and hiring groups of unemployed or underemployed Nova Scotians when there’s a labour shortage in your industry.

Training resources and support

Inspired to Hire

Online tips and tools to help you reach, recruit, hire and retain younger workers.


Microcredentials are short, focused and cost-effective courses developed in collaboration with post-secondary education institutions, employers and industry groups in response to rapidly changing demands in the labour force.


Free access to hundreds of online training courses on work-related topics. You can set up a free private learning network to assign training to staff and monitor their progress.

Workplace Education Initiative

Help to plan education programs for your teams, secure funding to hire instructors and support while the training is taking place.

Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive (WIPSI)

Funding to help train your employees to improve the productivity and competitiveness of your business.