The Graduate To Opportunity (GTO) in Nova Scotia

The Graduate to Opportunity (GTO) program is about hiring a recent graduate and the Government of Nova Scotia will cover a portion of their salary. Learn how on

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.

Employers receive 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.

You can apply for the subsidy if you fall into any one of these categories:

-a small business with fewer than 100 employees
-a start-up company incorporated within two years of the application date
-a social enterprise, not-for-profit organization, or registered charity with recognized standing

The position must be new, permanent, full-time and pay at least $30,000 a year. You can’t receive funding from any other government employment program for this position.

The graduate you hire must have successfully completed a post-secondary program within one year from the day you submit your application. (View the list of recognized post-secondary institutions on

Apprentices in registered trades aren’t eligible for Graduate to Opportunity. If you want to hire an apprentice, you need to apply for the START program.

How long it takes
Applications are typically approved within 5 business days.

The new hire can’t start work until the employer receives final approval.

Contact Information
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

You can get more information about the program here.

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