Graduate to Opportunity (GTO)

By mmuise

Graduate to Opportunity (GTO) is helping to build a stronger workforce and retain young people in Nova Scotia with a salary incentive that makes it easier to hire recent graduates.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is 25% of the first year’s salary (35% if the new graduate is a member of designated diversity group) and 12.5% of the second year’s salary.

Deadline: Currently accepting applications

The applicant must:

  • be a small business with fewer than 100 employees,
  • be a start-up company incorporated within two years of the application date,
  • be a social enterprise, not-for-profit organization, or registered charity with recognized standing,
  • open a new position, permanent, full-time and pay at least $35,000 a year,
  • not receive funding from any other government employment program for this position.

    The graduate he hires must have successfully completed a post-secondary program within one year from the day the application is submitted.
    The program can’t consider graduate-employees who have been working for the employer on a permanent basis before the GTO application is approved.
    Apprentices in registered trades aren’t eligible for Graduate to Opportunity.
Application Steps:

The applicant must:

1. register in the online Labor Market Programs Support System (LaMPSS),

2. complete the application form and submit it electronically.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:
1. the application form,
2. a description of their organization and its mandate, 3. a job description for the new position you wish to create, as well as its location
4. a T4 Summary for the organization or other documentation to show the number of employees.

Other Things to Note:

Issue Date: November 2022 (Guidelines)

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