Employer Resources

Cape Breton is an exciting place to do business. Island Employment can help companies succeed through government funding opportunities, Human Resources support, and finding people with the right skills to fill open positions.

Island Employment can help employers in our communities with:

Recruitment and candidate selection

Closure or layoff employee support

Resume screening

Employee retention support

Wage subsidy programs and hiring incentives


Listen to our podcast "Moving with the Tides"

Our podcast series on adapting to change and making waves as a business in Cape Breton

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Programs for Employers

START Program

The START program encourages employers to hire Nova Scotians in need of work experience. Financial incentives can be provided to employers with a labour need and willing to support ready-to-work Nova Scotians. Incentives vary depending on the type of employment and the skill level of the potential employee. Learn more.

Job Creation Partnership

The Job Creation Partnership (JCP) is a program designed to support projects that provide eligible participants with meaningful work experience that will improve their employment prospects. While this partnership should benefit both the participant and the community, the focus of JCP is to help participants gain work experience on their path to securing full-time employment. Learn more.


Apprenticeship is one of the best investments for employers that rely on skilled workers. Not only is it a proven way to develop the right talent for the workplace, it also contributes to the success of a business.

Take a look at the benefits that come with hiring an apprentice.