N.S. launches program to help employ post-secondary grads

Effort aims to help keep university graduates in Nova Scotia

New program will match graduates with employers. Photo: Flickr


The trope of the out-of-province student. They come, they get their education and they leave. Back to Toronto or other cities, because that’s where the work is.

A new provincial program, the Graduate to Opportunity program, was announced Friday to help match fresh-out-of-school grads with employers willing to take them on. With any luck, this program will help increase job opportunities in Halifax for just-graduated alumni, rather than forcing them out of town.

Businesses like startups and not-for-profits will receive 25 per cent of their salary costs back in the first year through the program. The next year, this return would drop to 12.5 per cent.

The government will fund the program $1.6 million this year and $6.5 million the next.

Students who have graduated in the past year and live in Nova Scotia currently will benefit from this program.

The announcement took place in Burnside at Hurricane Industrial Equipment this morning. Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson spoke at the launch along with the chief operating officer of Hurricane Industrial Equipment and Dalhousie student Taylor Quinn. Premier Stephen McNeil announced the program for the first time in the fall of 2013.