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Cooperative Education Incentive (CO-OP)

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Grants to Nova Scotia nonprofit organizations and charities, social enterprises, municipalities, and private sector entities to provide post-secondary students with paid work experience related to their chosen career paths. Funding, in the form of a financial incentive, is intended to defray the hourly pay of qualifying co-op students.

The Cooperative Education Incentive (Co-op) provides funding to support work experiences for students participating in university and college cooperative education programs. The program strengthens Nova Scotia’s workforce by helping students to acquire the experience and contacts they’ll need to launch their careers, and by connecting employers will talented youth. Co-op is administered by the Department of Labour and Advanced Education.

Preference is given to employers who:

  • Provide challenging, knowledge-intensive work opportunities
  • Pay above-average wages
  • Demonstrate commitment to innovation and a culture of learning
  • Are internationally competitive (export-focused)
  • Operate in Nova Scotia’s growth sectors
  • Hire graduates for permanent jobs.

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GrantWatch ID#: 175370

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Employers receive a subsidy of $7.50 an hour for the wages paid to the student.

Employers are eligible for a diversity bonus of $1.50 per hour if they hire a student who self-identifies as Mi’kmaq or Indigenous, African Nova Scotian, a visible minority, a person with a disability, a woman in an under-represented occupation, or an international student.

Term of Contract:

The positions must run for no fewer than 12 and no more than 16 weeks, except in cases where the academic program requires a longer-term, as confirmed by a Co-op Coordinator.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Co-op funding is available to municipalities and the private sector, government-funded, not-for-profit, social enterprise, and charitable organizations.
- An organization may not receive funding for a Co-op position from any other government employment program while participating in the Cooperative Education Incentive.

- The student hired must be enrolled in a cooperative program at a Nova Scotia post-secondary institution and live in Nova Scotia.
- The program will consider the hiring of family members only where it supports the employment of individuals from certain groups that are underrepresented in the labor market, and where the employer has followed a fair hiring process.

Individuals who self-identify as one or more of the following may be eligible:
- Mi’kmaq or Indigenous
- African Nova Scotians
- Visible minorities (including persons of African descent)
- Persons with disabilities (consisting of a physical, cognitive or mental impairment that presents a persistent barrier to work)

Pre-Application Information:

- Apply between 15 August and 16 September 2021 for the Winter 2022 co-op term.
- Apply between 15 December 2021 and 15 January 2022 for the Summer 2022 co-op term.
- Apply between 15 April and 15 May 2022 for the Fall 2022 co-op term.

Those not yet registered in the online LaMPSS system must register before applying. There is a one-time registration process to access the system using the LaMPSS External Access Form.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Labour and Advanced Education
PO Box 578
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 2S9
Phone: 902 424-6000
Toll-Free: 1-800-424-5418
Fax: 902 428-2037

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