Hiring incentive: Innovate to Opportunity

Looking to hire a recent master’s or PhD graduate?

Through its Innovate to Opportunity (ITO) program, the Government of Nova Scotia is looking to help recent graduates start their careers in Nova Scotia while helping businesses become more innovative and export-oriented. Eligible businesses could receive an incentive to hire recent masters and PhD grads for jobs that are focused on research and innovation that will help the business begin, prepare for, or expand exports.

Who can apply?

  • This program is available to small and medium-sized businesses with up to 500 full-time employees operating in Nova Scotia.
  • The new hire must have successfully completed a master’s or PhD program at a recognized university within a year of the date the employer’s application is received.