Graduate to Opportunity

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Hire a recent graduate and the Government of Nova Scotia will cover a portion of their salary. Learn how.

Graduate to Opportunity (GTO) is helping to build a stronger workforce and retain well-educated young people in Nova Scotia with a salary incentive that makes it easier to hire recent graduates.  Employers receive 25% of the first year’s salary – 35% if the new grad is a member of designated diversity group – and 12.5% of the second year’s salary.

How to Apply

The application process is quick and easy:  complete applications are typically approved within a few days.  If your organization is registered in the online Labour Market Programs Support System (LaMPSS), you can apply right away.  If you don’t have a LaMPSS account, register now.

Register your organization

If you already have a LaMPSS user account, you can log in and apply!

Before applying, please read through the program guidelines. These guidelines will help you determine if the GTO program is right for your business, and will also provide you with detailed instructions to help you complete the application process.


GTO is available to:

  • Small businesses of fewer than 100 employees.
  • Start-up companies incorporated within two years of the application date.
  • Social enterprises, not-for-profit organizations and registered charities with recognized standing.

To be eligible for the program, employers must create a new, permanent, full-time position that’s based in Nova Scotia and pays at least $30,000 a year.  The new hire cannot begin work until final approval is confirmed through the program.

Eligible graduates have successfully completed a post-secondary program within a year of the date the employer application is received. (Please see Government of Canada website for a list of the post-secondary institutions this program recognizes.)

Apprentices in registered trades are not eligible for Graduate to Opportunity.   If your business intends to hire an Apprentice, you will need to apply for the START program.

Contact Information

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

Phone: 902 424-6000
Toll Free: 1-877-404-7074
Fax: 902 428-2037


Related websites

Inspired to Hire: Resources for employers of youth