Student Employment Centre

Wage Subsidy Links


    The SCSDP Partners with not-for-profit organizations to create career-related summer jobs for post-secondary students during the summer months. Job positions paying $12.00 per hour or more are accepted for consideration, and Economic and Rural Development and Tourism will reimburse employers $8.50/hour up to 35 hours worked per week. Deadline: Friday, January 30, 2015. For more information or to apply please visit:



    Through the CSJ Program, Service Canada provides wage subsidies to help not-for-profit, public sector and smaller private sector organizations create career-related summer jobs for full-time students aged 15 to 30 who are returning to their studies in the next school year.

    Not-for-profit employers are eligible for up to 100% of the provincial/territorial adult minimum hourly wage whereas public and private-sector employers are eligible for up to 50% of the provincial/territorial adult minimum hourly wage. Deadline: Friday, January 30, 2015

    For more information or to apply please visit:



A federal employment program that provides businesses with a wage subsidy of over $21,000 to offer persons with disabilities the opportunity to apply their skills in a work setting consistent with their education, and allow them to become leaders in their chosen fields. The Sobey School Business Development Centre is running the program in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. For more information: Access Ability


START is available to businesses, not for profit organizations and social enterprises that have business locations and jobs in Nova Scotia. The START program focuses on small to medium sized enterprises and encourages employers to hire eligible Nova Scotians requiring work experience or apprenticeship support. For more information: START

  • Student Employment Programs - Strategic Cooperative Education Incentive

The objective of the Strategic Cooperative Education Incentive is to help high value businesses and organizations recruit and retain university and community college students for work placements by offering a quality work experience as part of university or community college co-op program. Approved projects will receive $7.50 per hour (50% of the required minimum hourly wage of $15.00 per hour) to a maximum of 40 hours per week. For more information: Strategic Cooperative Education Incentive

  • Student Employment Programs - Student Career Skills Development Program

The Student Career Skills Development Program is available to qualified not-for-profit organizations in Nova Scotia that hire students who will be attending or are returning to a post-secondary institution in the fall. Positions paying $10.50 per hour or more will be considered, with up to $8.50 per eligible hour worked being reimbursed. For more information: Student Career Skills Development Program

  • Student Employment Program (SEP)

The Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism administers several programs designed to assist employers in a variety of sectors by providing a wage rebate to encourage them to hire students.
The purpose of these programs is to support meaningful work experience for post-secondary students in their field of study. This experience helps students qualify for full time employment upon graduation, while enhancing their skills for their chosen career. For more information: (SEP)

Eligibility: Eligible students must be currently enrolled full-time in a post-secondary education and returning to full-time studies in the following school year. A graduating high school student in the program year, who can provide a letter of acceptance for attendance as a full-time student at a post-secondary institution in the next school year, may also be considered. Other programs are designed to provide work term experience for students who are registered in eligible post-secondary Co-operative studies, who require these work terms as part of graduation requirements.

  • Energy Training Program for Students

The Energy Training Program encourages private-sector employers to hire Nova Scotia post-secondary students for career-related work terms in all sectors of the energy industry. The program offers employers an opportunity to gain access to students and recent graduates from Nova Scotia universities and community college campuses.

A wage subsidy is available to small- to medium-sized Nova Scotia companies involved in the energy sector.  Eligible companies may receive a 50% wage incentive toward student salaries. For more information: Energy Training Program for Students

  • Springboard Atlantic

Springboard provides resources to Atlantic Canadian universities and colleges to help them transfer knowledge and technology to our region's private sector. Our network members are from thirteen of the universities in Atlantic Canada and the five community colleges. Springboard’s network members work to connect publicly-funded research with industry experts through a range of programs and services. Springboard also connects skilled professionals in academia and industry to create new collaborations. Springboard supports research commercialization in Atlantic Canada. Springboard receives core support from its members and from the Government of Canada through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). For more information: Springboard Atlantic