Branches and Divisions

Nova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education has the following branches and divisions:

Office of the Minister and Deputy Minister
Office of the Minister
Office of the Deputy Minister
Provides advice and manages communications with the public

Corporate Policy and Services Branch
Planning, Research & Accountability
Provide evidence-based decision-support for the department and its stakeholders through strategic and ongoing research and analysis, information-sharing, program evaluation, intergovernmental relations, stakeholder engagement and accountability and monitoring measures.
Policy and Planning
Provides policy planning and development for the department
Professional Services
Provides administrative support for the department

Higher Education Branch
Post-Secondary Disability Services (PSDS)
Through the Canada-Nova Scotia Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities (LMAPD), provides a range of programs, goods and services to support students with disabilities in post-secondary education.
Private Career Colleges
Works with Private Career Colleges to ensure that Nova Scotians have access to training opportunities that respond to labour market needs and lead to employment.
Student Assistance
The Student Assistance division provides an opportunity for all qualified students in Nova Scotia to pursue post-secondary education.
Universities & Colleges
Develops and manages funding agreements between the province and the public post-secondary institutions, analyzes reports and publications, conducts Nova Scotia based higher education research, represents the province at a regional and national level.

Labour Services Branch
Conciliation and Labour Tribunals
Provides services to licensing and regulating agencies
Labour Standards
Promotes employment standards, and fair processes for wage compensation
Pension Regulation
Protects the interests of private and municipal pension plan members
Workers' Advisers Program
Provides assistance to injured workers denied benefits under the Workers' Compensation Act

Safety Branch
Occupational Health and Safety
Promoting safe and healthy workplaces/work practices
Technical Safety
Promotes protection of property, and safe facilities and equipment

Skills and Learning Branch
Adult Education
The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning (NSSAL) offers programs for adult Nova Scotians who want to improve their literacy skills.

Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
Administers the apprenticeship and trades certification system in Nova Scotia.
Employment Nova Scotia
Helps Nova Scotians meet their full employment potential, and helps employers find the employees they need to prosper

Workplace Initiatives
Promotes learning at work and supports the development of a skilled and adaptable workforce through the following programs and resources:
Workplace Education Initiative
Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive (WIPSI)
The HR Toolkit
Welcoming Workplaces
One Journey Initiative
Sector Council Program
Business Workforce Consultants
Job Bank