Graduate to Opportunity

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Learn how your business can hire a recent graduate and the Government of Nova Scotia will cover 25% of the salary.

To help strengthen Nova Scotia’s workforce and retain well-educated young people in the province, the Graduate to Opportunity program (GTO) provides businesses with salary contributions that make it easier to hire recent graduates.

How to Apply

All organizations that apply for GTO must first register as a LaMPSS organization (Labour Market Programs Support System). This is a one-time registration process that allows you to create an account and apply for the GTO program through the LaMPSS online platform.

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.

Register your organization

*Note: We are no longer accepting paper applications.


In order to be eligible for the program, your business must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • A company with fewer than 100 employees.
  • A start-up company, incorporated within two years of the application date.
  • A social enterprise, not-for-profit organization, or registered charity, with recognized standing.

To be eligible for the program, your business must create a job that meets the following criteria:

  • A permanent, full-time position with a minimum annual salary of $30,000.
  • A position that requires an individual to live and work in Nova Scotia as a new full-time employee of the organization.
  • A position that does not begin until final approval is granted through the program.

Graduates who are eligible to be hired through the program must meet the following criteria:

  • An individual who has successfully completed a post-secondary program within a year of the date the employer application is received. (Please see for a list of the post-secondary institutions this program recognizes.)
  • An individual who is not an Apprentice. 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