The province has signed a new skills and training agreement with the federal government that protects programs for vulnerable Nova Scotians and involves small businesses in a way they can afford.

The agreement will help unemployed Nova Scotians and workers with a low level of skills, continue to benefit from effective programs and services.

Questions and Answers

Q: How is the new Job Fund Agreement (JFA) different from the Labour Market Agreement (LMA)?
The main difference is in the role that businesses will play in delivering skills training. Under the LMA employers weren't obligated to invest in training. Under the new Job Fund Agreement (JFA) they will now be required to contribute financially, or in-kind, to the training of workers under 2 of the 3 funding streams.

Q: What was the funding before?
The previous Labour Market Agreement was a six-year agreement valued at $82.2 million, an average of $13.7 million a year.

Q: How much is available under the new agreement?
The total value of the new six-year Job Fund Agreement is $80.16 million. The 2014-15 budget will be $13.4 million. The funding will be divided into three different streams - Canada Job Grant, Employer-Sponsored Training, and Employment Services and Supports.

  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 provincial program, Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive (WIPSI), falls under this stream.


  1. 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.
  1. 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.

Q: I saw the Canada Job Grant advertised on TV. How do I access the grant?
In Nova Scotia, the 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. If you are an individual, please visit a Careers Nova Scotia Centre near you for information. If you are an employer and are interested in accessing funding to support your training needs, please visit the following website for more information:

Q: What new programs can we expect to see under the new CJF?
A: No new programs will be created with the announcement of the Canada-Nova Scotia Job Fund Agreement. This year's priorities have already been determined. We will be consulting with employers and organizations in the creation of an investment plan for 2015-16 and beyond.

If you were previously supported under the LMA and think you may qualify for funding, please contact your local Skills and Learning Branch Programs Officer or Coordinator.

Q: Which organizations will receive funding under the CJF?
A: A number of organizations received bridge funding from the Province to sustain services to clients and communities; these organizations will continue to be supported under the new agreement.

Q: Will current agreements in place under WIPSI be impacted?
A: No. While WIPSI is now an initiative under the new Canada-Nova Scotia Job Fund Agreement, a business owner's current funding amount will not change.

Q: Now that WIPSI is an initiative under the Canada-Nova Scotia Job Fund Agreement, what will change for business?
A: The Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive program has not changed with the announcement of the Canada-Nova Scotia Job Fund Agreement. Over time, we will be examining whether changes to the program will be necessary to meet the fund requirements.

Q: How can I apply for funding under the new Canada-Nova Scotia Job Fund Agreement through the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration?
A: An investment plan has been developed for fiscal year 2014-15, and does not identify funding for new projects at this time. As our investment activities proceed, funding for new projects may become available. Please continue to monitor the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration website: or call 902-424-5230

Funding provided through the Canada–Nova Scotia Job Fund