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Funding Opportunities

Employers are able to apply for funding to assist with the cost of employing a student at your organization. Funding opportunities are often catagorized by province or industry.

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia employers can receive provincial funding through The Department of Labour and Advanced Education. The three programs offered are designed to assist employers by providing a wage rebate for hiring students. These programs include:

Cooperative Education Incentive (CEI)
CEI assists high-value businesses and organizations recruit and retain university and community college students by providing quality work experience. It encourages youth retention leading to full-time long-term employment, while also improving workforce productivity.

Student Summer Skills Incentive (SKILL)
SKILL partners with not-for-profit organizations to create career-related summer jobs for post-secondary students. The jobs are distributed across the province based on population and unemployment for each county.

Graduate to Opportunity (GTO)
GTO provides salary contributions to employers to offset the cost of hiring a recent graduate and assist post-secondary graduates find career opportunities in Nova Scotia.


Strategic Work-Integrated Learning Program (SWILP)
SWILP offers up to $7000 to help employers in designated sectors create new co-op positions. The first round of partnerships has identified the following fields:

If your business operates in one of these fields, or you think a co-op student from a related discipline could help you meet your goals, visit the SWILP partner websites linked above to learn more. If you do not see your sector represented, rest assured that another round of partnerships will be announced in the New Year

Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ)
CSJ provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year.