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Co-op Education Incentive (CO-OP)

Grants to Nova Scotia Nonprofits, For-Profits, and
Agencies to Provide College Students with Work Experience

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Grants to Nova Scotia nonprofits, social enterprises, municipalities, charitable organizations, and private sector businesses to provide post-secondary students with career-related work experiences. This program offers a financial incentive to defray the hourly wages of qualifying co-op students.

The Co-operative Education Incentive helps Co-operative education students in university and community college to secure paid, on-the-job work experience related to their field of study and career goals. Its purpose is to strengthen Nova Scotia’s workforce by augmenting students’ learning with practical work experience; honing their skills and developing business and industry relationships that will ultimately help them to secure a good job in their chosen career, while also meeting employer needs and improving workforce productivity.

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175370

Estimated Size of Grant:

Employers pay students a minimum of $15.00 per hour plus 4% vacation pay. CO-OP will reimburse $7.50 per hour to a maximum of 40 hours per week and a minimum of 32.5 hours per week.

Employers participating in IRAP and SR&ED are eligible for an “R&D Incentive” and may receive up to $10.00 per hour.

Term of Contract:

Agreements run from 12 to 32 consecutive weeks, depending on the requirements of the cooperative program.

Winter 2018 work term dates are January 2, 2018 to April 20, 2018.

Summer 2018 work term dates are April 23, 2018 to August 24, 2018.

Fall 2018 work term dates are September 5, 2018 to December 21, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organization Eligibility Requirements:

The Cooperative Education Incentive is available to private sector, government funded, nonprofit, social enterprise, charitable organizations, and municipalities. In order to qualify, employers must pay a minimum of $15.00 per hour plus 4% vacation pay. Employers are required to pay the hourly wage indicated on their application and are responsible for all mandatory employment related costs.

Work terms must count toward the student’s academic credit and be approved in advance by a Nova Scotia University or Community College Cooperative Coordinator to ensure program requirements are met.

Private sector organizations that are eligible to receive the Co-op Incentive and are also in receipt of the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) or the Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit, are eligible to receive 50% of the hourly wage to a maximum of $10.00 per hour.

Employers are not eligible for this program if they are receiving funding for the same position through any other government student employment program.

Student Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for the Cooperative Education Incentive, the student must be enrolled in a cooperative program at a Nova Scotia post-secondary institution and live in the province.

Pre-Application Information:

Starting with this application period, we will be managing the program in an online platform called Labour Market Programs Support System (LaMPSS).

If you already have a LaMPSS user account, you can log in and apply! If not, you will need to complete the External Access Form and return it to to apply for the CO-OP program. You will be emailed your login information once the LaMPSS team has created your user account.

Organizations apply for funding through the Labour Market Program Support System (LaMPSS).

The position must be approved by a Co-op Coordinator at the post-secondary institution(s) you intend to hire from, before submitting your application to the Cooperative Education Incentive program.

2018 Co-op Program Dates:

Winter 2018 Co-op Term Dates
-Application available in LaMPSS from: August 7, 2017
-Deadline to Submit: September 15, 2017
-Work term dates: January 2, 2018 to April 20, 2018

Summer 2018 Co-op Term Dates
-Application available in LaMPSS from: December 18, 2017
-Deadline to Submit: January 26, 2018
-Work term dates: April 23, 2018 to August 24, 2018

Fall 2018 Co-op Term Dates
-Application available in LaMPSS from: April 9, 2018
-Deadline to Submit: May 18, 2018
-Work term dates: September 5, 2018 to December 21, 2018

Contact Information:

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

Return the LaMPSS External Access Form to:

Labour and Advanced Education
PO Box 578
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 2S9

Phone: 902 424-6000
Toll Free: 1-877-404-7074
Fax: 902 428-2037

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