Hiring Young Professionals in Nova Scotia

Below you will find our listing of wage subsidy programs that are offered through various associations. These programs provide incentive for employers to hire and train young professionals while giving them valuable work expereience and skills. Venor does not represent these programs nor are we experts on them. The information is based on publicly available information combined into one place for ease of use.

1. Graduate to Opportunity

Nova Scotia employers that meet one or more of the following criteria are eligible for the program:

  • a company with fewer than 100 employees, and/or
  • a start-up company, incorporated within two years of the application date, and/or
  • social enterprise, not-for-profit organization, or registered charity, with recognized standing
  • The employer must offer a permanent full-time position with a minimum annual salary of $30,000.

Process

  • Review the Graduate to Opportunity Guidelines and follow application steps listed here.
  • If you are not registered with  LaMPSS Self-Serve, you will have to do so before submitting your application.  Steps are outlined in the above link.
  • Once the Student Employment Program Coordinators validate your position & application, successful Employers will be mailed a Letter of Offer.

Contact: Phone: 902 424-6000 or sepinfo@novascotia.ca

More Info: http://novascotia.ca/programs/graduate-to-opportunity/

2. NRC-IRAP Youth Employment Program

To be eligible for financial assistance under the Youth Employment Program, your enterprise must:

  • be incorporated and for-profit;
  • have 500 or less full-time equivalents; and
  • be ready to enhance their innovation capacity, and willing to establish a trusting relationship with IRAP.

Company must be “IRAP-able” or produce an “IRAP-able” service/product, meaning “companies that are working in the “New Product Development” context, where their product is technological in nature, and is pushing the boundaries of the technology level in their industry (product is going to be “State of the Art” or a “Game Changer”).  Companies looking to commercialize their product.”

Process

  • Interested small and medium-sized enterprises are encouraged to contact IRAP for more information and to complete an application.
  • In order to be considered for IRAP's Youth Employment Program, the firm and the graduate must be assessed for eligibility.(Eligibility assessed by an ITA (Industrial Technology Advisor)).
  • Internships must be at least six and no longer than twelve months, and are available anywhere in Canada.
  • The Program will cost-share a portion of the salary costs of a post-secondary graduate. The small and medium-sized enterprise is responsible for other expenses such as fringe benefits and overhead costs.

Contact (Nova Scotia): Elinor Richardson,902-426-0912, Elinor.Richardson@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca or  Rick Nowlan, 506-861-0976 or rick.nowlan@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

More Info: http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/irap/services/youth_initiatives.html

3. Saint Mary’s University Work Smarts

Work Smarts provides:

  • A $9/hr subsidy (based on a 35hr work week) for up to 30 weeks of work experience
  • An additional 11.51% coverage of MERC (mandatory employment related costs - CPP, EI, Vacation Pay)
  • Assistance with job posting and short listing of candidates
  • Training and mentoring for participants to enhance their work experience
  • Advice and monitoring throughout the program to ensure participants and employers are receiving the best possible experience

Employer's requirements are as follows:

  • Fit under the NAICS High Demand Sector classification for Atlantic region.
  • Provide a $9/hr top up (making the minimum salary for a participant $18/hr)
  • Allow participant to attend training as required (two days at beginning, one day toward program end

The overall objective of Work Smarts is to give post-secondary graduates the opportunity to apply the skill sets they developed at school in a work setting that is consistent with their past education and will allow them to become leaders in their chosen fields.

Contact Info: Carrigan Desjardins, (902) 491-6523, carrigan.Desjardins@smu.ca;

More Info: http://www.smu.ca/campus-life/work-smarts-employers.html

4. Mitacs Internship Program

  • Through Mitacs Accelerate, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from over 50 universities apply their specialized expertise to business-related research challenges.
  • Interns spend approximately half of the time on-site with the industry partner; the remainder is spent at the university advancing the research under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.
  • Open to all disciplines and all industry sectors, projects can span a wide range of areas, including: manufacturing, technical innovation, business processes, IT, social sciences, design, and more.

University & Intern:

  • No deadlines: applications are accepted at any time
  • Application process: simple, easy, and quick; typically approved within four to six weeks
  • Not a competition
  • International students and Postdocs are eligible to apply
  • Real-world exposure: interns and faculty apply the latest tools and innovations to real issues.
  • Funding provided to support the intern’s research

Companies:

  • Peer-reviewed: ensures high quality research
  • Industry-friendly: Mitacs and the university manage all administrative and financial   issues; intern is not a company employee
  • Increased innovation: gain novel solutions to challenging problems
  • Projects may be eligible for SR&ED tax credits, Mitacs provides matching funds to the  projects
  • Mitacs can help companies access university expertise

Contact: Brennan Gillis, bgillis@mitacs.ca

More Info: https://www.mitacs.ca/en/programs/accelerate/program-details

5. Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)

The CareerConnect hiring grant funding program is the successor to the ICTC Career Focus Program. This wage subsidy provides non-repayable funding support to companies looking to hire 1-2 recent graduates of post-secondary institutions to carry out positions related to software, hardware, graphic design, or online marketing within their organization.  

Process and More info: http://www.mentorworks.ca/what-we-offer/government-funding/human-resources-and-training/careerconnect/#sthash.mz6d7x1R.dpuf

Contact: careerconnect@ictc-ctic.ca  or  613-237-8551 ext. 142

6. Science and Technology Internship Program

The Science and Technology Internship Program (STIP) provides an opportunity to graduates in natural science and engineering to gain relevant and meaningful work experiences within their field of studies.

Any non-federal government organization (private company, university or college, non-profit organization and provincial or municipal government) can become a partner of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) when it hires an eligible intern to work on research and development projects that are within the mandate of NRCan. Partners can receive a contribution payment for a portion of the intern's salary. The intern is an employee of the partner.

The maximum contribution per internship from the Science and Technology Internship Program fund is $13,200 over a maximum of 52 weeks. See How to Apply for more details.

Process and More Info: http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/careers/87

Contact: Program Coordinator, Science and Technology Internship Program (STIP)

Natural Resources Canada
580 Booth Street, 13th Floor
Ottawa, ON  Canada K1A 0E4
Telephone: (613) 996-6199 or 1-877-996-6199
E-mail: STIP/PSST@NRCan-RNCan.gc.ca

7. Skills Link

You could get up to $50,000 to hire and train youth between the ages of 15 and 30 for projects that last up to 30 weeks. Your project can be either local or regional.  You need to hire youth who are registered with this program and who are at risk of not finding a job.

Eligible applicants include:

  • not-for-profit organizations;
  • municipal governments;
  • Aboriginal organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities);
  • for-profit organizations; and,
  • provincial and territorial governments, institutions, agencies and Crown Corporations.

Eligible participants

Participants are recruited by the funding recipients. To participate in Skills Link, youth must be:

  • between the ages of 15 and 30 (inclusive) at the time of intake/selection;
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons who have been granted refugee status in Canada
  • legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations;
  • not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits; and,
  • in need of assistance to overcome employment barriers.

Process and More Info: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/newprog/skillslink.shtml

Contact (Nova Scotia): http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/sc-srch.cgi?app=lst&pv=ns&ot=&ln=eng

8. Environmental Youth Corps (EYC) Internship Program

Funded through Environment Canada’s Science Horizons Program, the Environmental Youth Corps (EYC) EYC Internship Program gives eligible employers who work in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, up to 50% of an intern’s salary (up to $15,000) for new full-time environmental jobs.

EYC Internships typically last 12 months and are intended to lead to permanent employment.

Eligibility

Hosts

  • Canadian owned or a Canadian subsidiary
  • Offering a full-time, permanent position
  • Providing an environment-related position in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics
  • Planning to hire a new employee (the intern cannot be an existing employee)

Interns

  • Intend to lead an environmental career related to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics
  • 30 years of age or younger
  • Eligible to work in Canada and a Canadian citizen, landed immigrant, or refugee status
  • Graduated from a post-secondary institution
  • Able to work in a full-time, permanent position
  • Unemployed or underemployed
  • Have not participated previously in a federal youth employment or education program
  • Not currently employed as a paid employee at the host organization
  • Not a family member of the host organization’s directors or senior officers
Process

Employers- see here 

Contact: 403-233-0748 or eyc@eco.ca

9. Career Focus

To be eligible for Career Focus funding, proposed projects must involve a minimum of 8 youth participants.

Within rural (defined by Statistics Canada as an area with a population of less than 1,000 and a density of less than 400 people per square kilometre) and remote regions, exceptions may be made vis-à-vis the minimum participant requirement. Applicants must include a strong justification in the proposal as to why the minimum requirement of 8 participants cannot be fulfilled.

More info here: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/newprog/career.shtml

10. Job Creation Partnerships  

You may be eligible for funding to hire an unemployed person for up to 52 consecutive weeks.

You will need to:

  • Create a new full-time position with start and finish dates
  • Provide a meaningful work experience
  • Supervise and mentor the participant
  • Ensure that the work project benefits your community or local economy
  • Register for the Labour Market Support System
 Participant Eligibility:

To be eligible for participation in Job Creation Partnerships, you must be an unemployed individual ("insured participant") as defined by Section 58 of the Employment Insurance Act.

This means that you are an individual for whom:
  • an unemployment benefit period has been established or has ended within the three years prior to the date of requesting assistance; or
  • a benefit period that included a maternity or parental claim has been established within the five years prior to the date of requesting assistance, after which you remained out of the labour market in order to care for a newborn or newly adopted child and are now seeking to re-enter the labour force.

What else do I need to know?

  • The date your completed application is received by Employment Nova Scotia is the date when you are considered to have requested assistance. This date is used to determine whether you qualify as an "insured participant" within the timeframes outlined above.
  • Your application must be approved by Employment Nova Scotia before you begin activities with the sponsor.
  • The maximum duration of an agreement with a sponsor or a participant is 52 consecutive weeks.
  • See Job Creation Partnership fact sheet

Employer Eligibility:

  • Businesses, organizations, municipalities, band/tribal councils, public health and educational institutions.
  • Proposed activities must support the objective of Job Creation Partnerships. Activities must also have defined start and finish dates and not be part of a sponsor's day-to-day operations.

Process: http://www.novascotia.ca/employmentnovascotia/programs/job-creation-partnerships.asp

Contact: http://www.novascotia.ca/employmentnovascotia/programs/documents/CNSCproviders.pdf

11. NSBI Payroll Rebate

Eligibility

  • Nova Scotia Business Inc. supports companies in knowledge-based industries that have a high probability of sustainable growth. We focus our efforts in three targeted sectors: financial services and insurance, information technology, and defence, security and aerospace.
  • We invest in companies that are profitable, with a strong management team and a proven track record for success.
  • In most cases, companies must also agree to create at least 20 full-time positions in Nova Scotia.

Details

The rebate is a return on a company’s eligible gross payroll. It is issued over a set number of years - usually between three and five - and to a set amount. This means that for every dollar a company spends in salaries and benefits, NSBI rebates back a percentage.

The payroll rebate agreement includes performance targets that a company must achieve in order to receive the rebate, including:

  • Number of new positions created
  • Average annual salary

Process and More Info: contact NSBI directly at 902.424.6650

12. Nova Scotia Association of CBDCS Youth Internship Program

Eligibility

  • Business (small to medium-size enterprise – less than 500 employees) must be located in rural Nova Scotia and registered with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stocks or Federally incorporated.
  • Eligible business must be in operation for a minimum of one year.
  • Ineligible YIP applicants include businesses and not-for-profit organizations whose primary mandate is in the real estate industry, whose mandates are deemed not suitable for government funding, and municipal, provincial, and federal government departments.
  • Interns must:
    • be currently unemployed or underemployed, reside in Nova Scotia, be under the age of 35.
    • have graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution within the last three years (proof is required)
    • legally entitled to work in Canada.
    • be immediately related to the directors, owners, officers, or managers of the organization.
  • Interns are eligible to work up to a maximum of 12 months.  A 12-month work plan is required. The work plan must address one or more of the following categories – innovation, information and communication technology (ICT), and export and trade.

Project considerations

  • It is the responsibility of the business to hire and monitor the intern, upon approval of funding.
  • The business is responsible for providing a working environment and the tools and resources necessary to complete the project.
  • Job description must reflect a need for the business.
  • NSACBDC may contribute up to 50% of costs for SME placements, to a maximum of $16,687.
  • Eligible costs are limited to wages and mandatory employment related costs (MERCS).
  • All projects will be required to submit quarterly reports, as well as a final report that will include a summary of activities and accomplishments of the project.
  • All projects will require both the intern and the employer to conduct an exit questionnaire upon completion or termination of the contract.  Forms to be provided.
  • All funds must be expended by the stated end date of the project.

Process and More Info: http://www.cbdc.ca/en/nova-scotia-association-of-cbdcs/programs/youth-internship-program

13. Canada Green Corps

CGC is UNA-Canada’s innovative new youth employment programme designed to bridge talented, yet un- and underemployed, Canadian youth to meaningful employment to ignite Canada’s green economy. CGC participants will undertake four or six-month work-integrated learning placements with various companies, governments, associations, universities and civil society organizations across Canada, but particularly our cities of focus: Vancouver, Whitehorse, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. CGC participants may assist their employer organizations and communities in reducing their environmental footprint and increasing sustainability. Additionally, CGC participants may engage their communities over the course of their placements, helping to identify and address environmental “quick wins” in their communities and workplaces.
  • Charity funded by government – economic and social development group
  • PR and/or of Canadian
  • 8 cities participating in this right now across Canada
  • Goal is to have 25 jobs and youth-  Colleen can do the match-making either way, i.e. so if employer applies first has a match, excel sheet to do the match-making and don’t match if not a real match
  • not for co-op and internships – graduated

Eligibility

To be part of the CGC, youth must be:

  • between the ages of 18 and 30 (inclusive) at the time of intake/selection;
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons who have been granted refugee status in Canada;
  • legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations;
  • not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits;
  • must be able to commit to a full-time job placement;
  • Unemployed or underemployed.
  • *Note: Underemployment exists when employed persons are A) working part-time, or B) working in a field that does not utilize their academic qualifications, thus, not attaining their full employment level.

CGC is securing a wide variety of employers at the moment. Correspondingly, UNA-Canada encourages applicants with diverse academic backgrounds and professional aspirations to apply. Applicants should at a minimum have completed high school, but applicants with college, CEGEP, diploma, bachelor, masters and PhD qualifications to apply. Some fields that CGC has positions for are: Marketing and communications, engineering, community engagement/education, information technology, art and music, trade/technical, business/economics, research, policy and governance, law, and the sciences to name a few.

Eligible employer organizations include:

  • not-for-profit organizations;
  • municipal governments, provincial and territorial governments, institutions, agencies and Crown Corporations;
  • Aboriginal organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities);
  • for-profit organizations.

Contact (only one in NS): Colleen McCarville, Regional Coordinator, Canada Green Corps, 300-309 rue Cooper St, Ottawa, ON  K2P 0G5 Canada, T: (902) 789-8123,  F: (613) 563-2455, Colleen.McCarville@unac.org

More Infohttp://unac.org/unac-projects/canada-green-corps/

13. Government of Canada - Summer Jobs

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities.

Eligible Employers

Employers from the not-for-profit, public and private sector may apply for wage subsidies under the Canada Summer Jobs initiative.

Private sector employers must have 50 or fewer full-time employees across Canada to be eligible. Full-time employees are those working 30 hours or more per week. 

More info here: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/youth-summer-job/eligibility.html

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Non full-time employment grants

Co-op Education Incentive (CO-OP)

  • Provides wage assistance to private sector, government-funded and non-profit organizations offering career-related work experiences for university and community college co-operative students.
  • Employers pay students a minimum of $15.00 per hour plus 4% vacation pay. CO-OP will reimburse $7.50 per hour to a maximum of 40 hours per week.
  • Employers participating in IRAP and SR&ED are eligible for an “R&D Incentive” and may receive up to $10.00 per hour for positions offering the minimum hourly wage of $15.00 per hour or higher.

Eligibility

Private sector, government-funded and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply and are required to provide at least one of the following:

  • Registry of Joint Stocks number
  • CRA Charities number
  • a copy of legal documentation/Act of Legislature that identifies how assets will be distributed upon dissolution of the organization.
Once approved, the student(s) considered for hiring must be:
  • registered at a post-secondary institutions and returning to the same institution for the Fall of the current year.
  • registered at a post-secondary institutions and transferring to another in the Fall of the current year
  • A grade 12 graduate who will be attending a post-secondary institution full-time in the Fall of the current year
More info: http://novascotia.ca/programs/co-op-education-incentive/2016-CO-OP-Program-Guidelines.pdf

Contact: Phone: 902 424-6000 Email: sepinfo@novascotia.ca

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Other Programs

Other programs are listed in the link below that may be used to hire individuals and may be eligible to your business.  The ones listed above are the typical programs used to hire youth specifically.

http://canadabusiness.ca/eng/program/results/sgc-12/pof-191/

Disclaimer: Venor does not represent these programs nor are we experts on them. The information above is based on publicly available information combined into one place for ease of use.

Hiring Young Professionals in Nova Scotia

Below you will find our listing of wage subsidy programs that are offered through various associations. These programs provide incentive for employers to hire and train young professionals while giving them valuable work expereience and skills. Venor does not represent these programs nor are we experts on them. The information is based on publicly available information combined into one place for ease of use.

1. Graduate to Opportunity

Nova Scotia employers that meet one or more of the following criteria are eligible for the program:

  • a company with fewer than 100 employees, and/or
  • a start-up company, incorporated within two years of the application date, and/or
  • social enterprise, not-for-profit organization, or registered charity, with recognized standing
  • The employer must offer a permanent full-time position with a minimum annual salary of $30,000.

Process

  • Review the Graduate to Opportunity Guidelines and follow application steps listed here.
  • If you are not registered with  LaMPSS Self-Serve, you will have to do so before submitting your application.  Steps are outlined in the above link.
  • Once the Student Employment Program Coordinators validate your position & application, successful Employers will be mailed a Letter of Offer.

Contact: Phone: 902 424-6000 or sepinfo@novascotia.ca

More Info: http://novascotia.ca/programs/graduate-to-opportunity/

2. NRC-IRAP Youth Employment Program

To be eligible for financial assistance under the Youth Employment Program, your enterprise must:

  • be incorporated and for-profit;
  • have 500 or less full-time equivalents; and
  • be ready to enhance their innovation capacity, and willing to establish a trusting relationship with IRAP.

Company must be “IRAP-able” or produce an “IRAP-able” service/product, meaning “companies that are working in the “New Product Development” context, where their product is technological in nature, and is pushing the boundaries of the technology level in their industry (product is going to be “State of the Art” or a “Game Changer”).  Companies looking to commercialize their product.”

Process

  • Interested small and medium-sized enterprises are encouraged to contact IRAP for more information and to complete an application.
  • In order to be considered for IRAP's Youth Employment Program, the firm and the graduate must be assessed for eligibility.(Eligibility assessed by an ITA (Industrial Technology Advisor)).
  • Internships must be at least six and no longer than twelve months, and are available anywhere in Canada.
  • The Program will cost-share a portion of the salary costs of a post-secondary graduate. The small and medium-sized enterprise is responsible for other expenses such as fringe benefits and overhead costs.

Contact (Nova Scotia): Elinor Richardson,902-426-0912, Elinor.Richardson@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca or  Rick Nowlan, 506-861-0976 or rick.nowlan@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

More Info: http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/irap/services/youth_initiatives.html

3. Saint Mary’s University Work Smarts

Work Smarts provides:

  • A $9/hr subsidy (based on a 35hr work week) for up to 30 weeks of work experience
  • An additional 11.51% coverage of MERC (mandatory employment related costs - CPP, EI, Vacation Pay)
  • Assistance with job posting and short listing of candidates
  • Training and mentoring for participants to enhance their work experience
  • Advice and monitoring throughout the program to ensure participants and employers are receiving the best possible experience

Employer's requirements are as follows:

  • Fit under the NAICS High Demand Sector classification for Atlantic region.
  • Provide a $9/hr top up (making the minimum salary for a participant $18/hr)
  • Allow participant to attend training as required (two days at beginning, one day toward program end

The overall objective of Work Smarts is to give post-secondary graduates the opportunity to apply the skill sets they developed at school in a work setting that is consistent with their past education and will allow them to become leaders in their chosen fields.

Contact Info: Carrigan Desjardins, (902) 491-6523, carrigan.Desjardins@smu.ca;

More Info: http://www.smu.ca/campus-life/work-smarts-employers.html

4. Mitacs Internship Program

  • Through Mitacs Accelerate, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from over 50 universities apply their specialized expertise to business-related research challenges.
  • Interns spend approximately half of the time on-site with the industry partner; the remainder is spent at the university advancing the research under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.
  • Open to all disciplines and all industry sectors, projects can span a wide range of areas, including: manufacturing, technical innovation, business processes, IT, social sciences, design, and more.

University & Intern:

  • No deadlines: applications are accepted at any time
  • Application process: simple, easy, and quick; typically approved within four to six weeks
  • Not a competition
  • International students and Postdocs are eligible to apply
  • Real-world exposure: interns and faculty apply the latest tools and innovations to real issues.
  • Funding provided to support the intern’s research

Companies:

  • Peer-reviewed: ensures high quality research
  • Industry-friendly: Mitacs and the university manage all administrative and financial   issues; intern is not a company employee
  • Increased innovation: gain novel solutions to challenging problems
  • Projects may be eligible for SR&ED tax credits, Mitacs provides matching funds to the  projects
  • Mitacs can help companies access university expertise

Contact: Brennan Gillis, bgillis@mitacs.ca

More Info: https://www.mitacs.ca/en/programs/accelerate/program-details

5. Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)

The CareerConnect hiring grant funding program is the successor to the ICTC Career Focus Program. This wage subsidy provides non-repayable funding support to companies looking to hire 1-2 recent graduates of post-secondary institutions to carry out positions related to software, hardware, graphic design, or online marketing within their organization.  

Process and More info: http://www.mentorworks.ca/what-we-offer/government-funding/human-resources-and-training/careerconnect/#sthash.mz6d7x1R.dpuf

Contact: careerconnect@ictc-ctic.ca  or  613-237-8551 ext. 142

6. Science and Technology Internship Program

The Science and Technology Internship Program (STIP) provides an opportunity to graduates in natural science and engineering to gain relevant and meaningful work experiences within their field of studies.

Any non-federal government organization (private company, university or college, non-profit organization and provincial or municipal government) can become a partner of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) when it hires an eligible intern to work on research and development projects that are within the mandate of NRCan. Partners can receive a contribution payment for a portion of the intern's salary. The intern is an employee of the partner.

The maximum contribution per internship from the Science and Technology Internship Program fund is $13,200 over a maximum of 52 weeks. See How to Apply for more details.

Process and More Info: http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/careers/87

Contact: Program Coordinator, Science and Technology Internship Program (STIP)

Natural Resources Canada
580 Booth Street, 13th Floor
Ottawa, ON  Canada K1A 0E4
Telephone: (613) 996-6199 or 1-877-996-6199
E-mail: STIP/PSST@NRCan-RNCan.gc.ca

7. Skills Link

You could get up to $50,000 to hire and train youth between the ages of 15 and 30 for projects that last up to 30 weeks. Your project can be either local or regional.  You need to hire youth who are registered with this program and who are at risk of not finding a job.

Eligible applicants include:

  • not-for-profit organizations;
  • municipal governments;
  • Aboriginal organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities);
  • for-profit organizations; and,
  • provincial and territorial governments, institutions, agencies and Crown Corporations.

Eligible participants

Participants are recruited by the funding recipients. To participate in Skills Link, youth must be:

  • between the ages of 15 and 30 (inclusive) at the time of intake/selection;
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons who have been granted refugee status in Canada
  • legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations;
  • not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits; and,
  • in need of assistance to overcome employment barriers.

Process and More Info: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/newprog/skillslink.shtml

Contact (Nova Scotia): http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/cgi-bin/sc-srch.cgi?app=lst&pv=ns&ot=&ln=eng

8. Environmental Youth Corps (EYC) Internship Program

Funded through Environment Canada’s Science Horizons Program, the Environmental Youth Corps (EYC) EYC Internship Program gives eligible employers who work in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, up to 50% of an intern’s salary (up to $15,000) for new full-time environmental jobs.

EYC Internships typically last 12 months and are intended to lead to permanent employment.

Eligibility

Hosts

  • Canadian owned or a Canadian subsidiary
  • Offering a full-time, permanent position
  • Providing an environment-related position in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics
  • Planning to hire a new employee (the intern cannot be an existing employee)

Interns

  • Intend to lead an environmental career related to science, technology, engineering, or mathematics
  • 30 years of age or younger
  • Eligible to work in Canada and a Canadian citizen, landed immigrant, or refugee status
  • Graduated from a post-secondary institution
  • Able to work in a full-time, permanent position
  • Unemployed or underemployed
  • Have not participated previously in a federal youth employment or education program
  • Not currently employed as a paid employee at the host organization
  • Not a family member of the host organization’s directors or senior officers
Process

Employers- see here 

Contact: 403-233-0748 or eyc@eco.ca

9. Career Focus

To be eligible for Career Focus funding, proposed projects must involve a minimum of 8 youth participants.

Within rural (defined by Statistics Canada as an area with a population of less than 1,000 and a density of less than 400 people per square kilometre) and remote regions, exceptions may be made vis-à-vis the minimum participant requirement. Applicants must include a strong justification in the proposal as to why the minimum requirement of 8 participants cannot be fulfilled.

More info here: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/newprog/career.shtml

10. Job Creation Partnerships  

You may be eligible for funding to hire an unemployed person for up to 52 consecutive weeks.

You will need to:

  • Create a new full-time position with start and finish dates
  • Provide a meaningful work experience
  • Supervise and mentor the participant
  • Ensure that the work project benefits your community or local economy
  • Register for the Labour Market Support System
 Participant Eligibility:

To be eligible for participation in Job Creation Partnerships, you must be an unemployed individual ("insured participant") as defined by Section 58 of the Employment Insurance Act.

This means that you are an individual for whom:
  • an unemployment benefit period has been established or has ended within the three years prior to the date of requesting assistance; or
  • a benefit period that included a maternity or parental claim has been established within the five years prior to the date of requesting assistance, after which you remained out of the labour market in order to care for a newborn or newly adopted child and are now seeking to re-enter the labour force.

What else do I need to know?

  • The date your completed application is received by Employment Nova Scotia is the date when you are considered to have requested assistance. This date is used to determine whether you qualify as an "insured participant" within the timeframes outlined above.
  • Your application must be approved by Employment Nova Scotia before you begin activities with the sponsor.
  • The maximum duration of an agreement with a sponsor or a participant is 52 consecutive weeks.
  • See Job Creation Partnership fact sheet

Employer Eligibility:

  • Businesses, organizations, municipalities, band/tribal councils, public health and educational institutions.
  • Proposed activities must support the objective of Job Creation Partnerships. Activities must also have defined start and finish dates and not be part of a sponsor's day-to-day operations.

Process: http://www.novascotia.ca/employmentnovascotia/programs/job-creation-partnerships.asp

Contact: http://www.novascotia.ca/employmentnovascotia/programs/documents/CNSCproviders.pdf

11. NSBI Payroll Rebate

Eligibility

  • Nova Scotia Business Inc. supports companies in knowledge-based industries that have a high probability of sustainable growth. We focus our efforts in three targeted sectors: financial services and insurance, information technology, and defence, security and aerospace.
  • We invest in companies that are profitable, with a strong management team and a proven track record for success.
  • In most cases, companies must also agree to create at least 20 full-time positions in Nova Scotia.

Details

The rebate is a return on a company’s eligible gross payroll. It is issued over a set number of years - usually between three and five - and to a set amount. This means that for every dollar a company spends in salaries and benefits, NSBI rebates back a percentage.

The payroll rebate agreement includes performance targets that a company must achieve in order to receive the rebate, including:

  • Number of new positions created
  • Average annual salary

Process and More Info: contact NSBI directly at 902.424.6650

12. Nova Scotia Association of CBDCS Youth Internship Program

Eligibility

  • Business (small to medium-size enterprise – less than 500 employees) must be located in rural Nova Scotia and registered with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stocks or Federally incorporated.
  • Eligible business must be in operation for a minimum of one year.
  • Ineligible YIP applicants include businesses and not-for-profit organizations whose primary mandate is in the real estate industry, whose mandates are deemed not suitable for government funding, and municipal, provincial, and federal government departments.
  • Interns must:
    • be currently unemployed or underemployed, reside in Nova Scotia, be under the age of 35.
    • have graduated from a recognized post-secondary institution within the last three years (proof is required)
    • legally entitled to work in Canada.
    • be immediately related to the directors, owners, officers, or managers of the organization.
  • Interns are eligible to work up to a maximum of 12 months.  A 12-month work plan is required. The work plan must address one or more of the following categories – innovation, information and communication technology (ICT), and export and trade.

Project considerations

  • It is the responsibility of the business to hire and monitor the intern, upon approval of funding.
  • The business is responsible for providing a working environment and the tools and resources necessary to complete the project.
  • Job description must reflect a need for the business.
  • NSACBDC may contribute up to 50% of costs for SME placements, to a maximum of $16,687.
  • Eligible costs are limited to wages and mandatory employment related costs (MERCS).
  • All projects will be required to submit quarterly reports, as well as a final report that will include a summary of activities and accomplishments of the project.
  • All projects will require both the intern and the employer to conduct an exit questionnaire upon completion or termination of the contract.  Forms to be provided.
  • All funds must be expended by the stated end date of the project.

Process and More Info: http://www.cbdc.ca/en/nova-scotia-association-of-cbdcs/programs/youth-internship-program

13. Canada Green Corps

CGC is UNA-Canada’s innovative new youth employment programme designed to bridge talented, yet un- and underemployed, Canadian youth to meaningful employment to ignite Canada’s green economy. CGC participants will undertake four or six-month work-integrated learning placements with various companies, governments, associations, universities and civil society organizations across Canada, but particularly our cities of focus: Vancouver, Whitehorse, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax. CGC participants may assist their employer organizations and communities in reducing their environmental footprint and increasing sustainability. Additionally, CGC participants may engage their communities over the course of their placements, helping to identify and address environmental “quick wins” in their communities and workplaces.
  • Charity funded by government – economic and social development group
  • PR and/or of Canadian
  • 8 cities participating in this right now across Canada
  • Goal is to have 25 jobs and youth-  Colleen can do the match-making either way, i.e. so if employer applies first has a match, excel sheet to do the match-making and don’t match if not a real match
  • not for co-op and internships – graduated

Eligibility

To be part of the CGC, youth must be:

  • between the ages of 18 and 30 (inclusive) at the time of intake/selection;
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or persons who have been granted refugee status in Canada;
  • legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations;
  • not in receipt of Employment Insurance (EI) benefits;
  • must be able to commit to a full-time job placement;
  • Unemployed or underemployed.
  • *Note: Underemployment exists when employed persons are A) working part-time, or B) working in a field that does not utilize their academic qualifications, thus, not attaining their full employment level.

CGC is securing a wide variety of employers at the moment. Correspondingly, UNA-Canada encourages applicants with diverse academic backgrounds and professional aspirations to apply. Applicants should at a minimum have completed high school, but applicants with college, CEGEP, diploma, bachelor, masters and PhD qualifications to apply. Some fields that CGC has positions for are: Marketing and communications, engineering, community engagement/education, information technology, art and music, trade/technical, business/economics, research, policy and governance, law, and the sciences to name a few.

Eligible employer organizations include:

  • not-for-profit organizations;
  • municipal governments, provincial and territorial governments, institutions, agencies and Crown Corporations;
  • Aboriginal organizations (including band councils, tribal councils and self-government entities);
  • for-profit organizations.

Contact (only one in NS): Colleen McCarville, Regional Coordinator, Canada Green Corps, 300-309 rue Cooper St, Ottawa, ON  K2P 0G5 Canada, T: (902) 789-8123,  F: (613) 563-2455, Colleen.McCarville@unac.org

More Infohttp://unac.org/unac-projects/canada-green-corps/

13. Government of Canada - Summer Jobs

Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities.

Eligible Employers

Employers from the not-for-profit, public and private sector may apply for wage subsidies under the Canada Summer Jobs initiative.

Private sector employers must have 50 or fewer full-time employees across Canada to be eligible. Full-time employees are those working 30 hours or more per week. 

More info here: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/youth-summer-job/eligibility.html

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Non full-time employment grants

Co-op Education Incentive (CO-OP)

  • Provides wage assistance to private sector, government-funded and non-profit organizations offering career-related work experiences for university and community college co-operative students.
  • Employers pay students a minimum of $15.00 per hour plus 4% vacation pay. CO-OP will reimburse $7.50 per hour to a maximum of 40 hours per week.
  • Employers participating in IRAP and SR&ED are eligible for an “R&D Incentive” and may receive up to $10.00 per hour for positions offering the minimum hourly wage of $15.00 per hour or higher.

Eligibility

Private sector, government-funded and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply and are required to provide at least one of the following:

  • Registry of Joint Stocks number
  • CRA Charities number
  • a copy of legal documentation/Act of Legislature that identifies how assets will be distributed upon dissolution of the organization.
Once approved, the student(s) considered for hiring must be:
  • registered at a post-secondary institutions and returning to the same institution for the Fall of the current year.
  • registered at a post-secondary institutions and transferring to another in the Fall of the current year
  • A grade 12 graduate who will be attending a post-secondary institution full-time in the Fall of the current year
More info: http://novascotia.ca/programs/co-op-education-incentive/2016-CO-OP-Program-Guidelines.pdf

Contact: Phone: 902 424-6000 Email: sepinfo@novascotia.ca

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Other Programs

Other programs are listed in the link below that may be used to hire individuals and may be eligible to your business.  The ones listed above are the typical programs used to hire youth specifically.

http://canadabusiness.ca/eng/program/results/sgc-12/pof-191/

Disclaimer: Venor does not represent these programs nor are we experts on them. The information above is based on publicly available information combined into one place for ease of use.