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Program Funding Opportunities

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Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive

Applications for the WIPSI program may be submitted by individual businesses or by an organization/association on behalf of a group of businesses.

WIPSI supplements employer contributions to train full-time staff * (permanently located in Nova Scotia) to

  • Improve productivity and profitability
  • Increase innovation
  • Adapt to new technology, machinery and equipment, or work processes
  • Increase inter-provincial and international competitiveness; and
  • Foster workplace diversity.

Nova Scotia Workplace Education Initiative

The Nova Scotia Government offers employers and industries the opportunity to access support through the Workplace Education Initiative.  This program provides education and training on a broad range of topics from Literacy and Essential Skills to Communication, Leadership and Academic upgrading.  This program has been available to employers since 1989.

Workplace Education Programs are tailored specifically for each workplace to meet the needs of the employees in that workplace.

Key characteristics of the Nova Scotia Government’s Workplace Education Initiative programs are:

  • Focus on developing essential skills needed for business success
  • Content tailored to the needs of participants in the workplace
  • All groups are represented in the planning and implementation of the program
  • Each program has clear, measurable goals
  • Small classes of 7 to 12 workers are generally held at the workplace during the workday
  • Participants provide feedback during and after the program
  • Individual progress and results are confidential
  • Programs can range between 34-120 hours, delivered in 2, 3 or 4-hour sessions, continuing over several weeks or months
  • Training is delivered by qualified and experienced instructors

Learn more about the Nova Scotia Workplace Education Initiative on its website. A series of videos introduces the program.

Click to view videos that introduce the Nova Scotia Workplace Education Initiative.


For more details on funding please contact:

Nancy Thompson
Executive Director
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