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CANADA-NOVA SCOTIA JOB FUND AGREEMENT
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
General
Q: How is the new Job Fund Agreement (JFA) different from the Labour Market Agreement (LMA)?
Under the LMA, employers weren’t obligated to invest in training. Under the JFA, employers will be
required to contribute (either financially or in-kind) toward training costs under 2 of the 3 funding
streams, which are described below:
1) Canada Job Grant: the employer determines who will receive training and what type, has a job
available at the end of the training period, and financially contributes a minimum amount to the
training which is provided by a provincially recognized third-party trainer. The existing provincial
program, WIPSI, falls under this stream.
2) Employer-Sponsored Training: the employer determines who will receive training and what type of
training; the training must lead to an available job and the employer must make a contribution
(financial or in-kind) to the training. In contrast to the CJG, Employer-Sponsored Training is broadly
defined, is not limited to direct training costs, and does not require a minimum employer
contribution. Existing LAE programs like START and One Journey Work and Learn fall under this
stream.
3) Employment Services and Supports: programs that help Nova Scotians prepare for, find, and keep
employment. This includes programs typically funded under the previous LMA, including job
readiness and employment counselling services, settlement services, literacy and essential skills
training, and financial supports and benefits. Existing programs, like literacy programs, fall under this
stream.
Q: What was the funding before?
In 2013-14, Nova Scotia’s LMA was valued at $13.7 million/year.
Q: How much is available under the new agreement?
Approximately $13.4 million in annual funding will be available under this new agreement. The funding
will be divided into different streams of activity – Canada Job Grant, Employer-Sponsored Training, and
Employment Services and Supports.
Q: I am currently seeking employment. I saw the Canada Job Grant advertised on TV. How do I access
the grant?
In Nova Scotia, the Canada-Nova Scotia Job Fund Agreement is administered under three streams and is
accessible to eligible businesses and organizations, who in turn will offer services and/or training to
eligible individuals. If you are an individual, please visit a Careers Nova Scotia Centre near you for
information. If you are an employer and are interested in accessing funding to support your training
needs, please visit the following website for more information: www.novascotia.ca/econ/pip/wipsi
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Q: What new programs can we expect to see under the new JFA?
A: No new programs will be created with the announcement of the Canada-Nova Scotia Job Fund
Agreement. If you were previously supported under the LMA and think you may qualify for funding
under the JFA, please contact your local Skills and Learning Branch Programs Officer or Coordinator.
Q: How will investment decisions be made?
A: For the 2014-15 fiscal year, those organizations who received bridge funding will continue to receive
funding under the new agreement. Moving forward, we will be consulting with employers and
organizations in the creation of an investment plan for 2015-16 and beyond.
Q: Will there be an open call for proposals?
A: No. This year’s priorities have already been determined. We will be consulting with employers and
organizations in the creation of an investment plan for 2015-16 and beyond.
Q: Which organizations will receive funding under the JFA?
A: A number of organizations received bridge funding from the Province to sustain services to clients
and communities; these organizations will continue to be supported under the new JFA. A list of these
organizations will be posted on our website ( http://novascotia.ca/lae/ )
Q: How will the information about future funding reach organizations currently receiving bridge
funding?
A: The Programs Officer or Coordinator with whom you have been working will be contacting you to
advise you of next steps.
Q: We are an organization that was previously supported under the LMA, and are now being
supported under the JFA. Are there new policies or guidelines to which we must adhere?
A: The Canada-Nova Scotia Job Fund Agreement outlines specific eligibility and accountability
requirements. While program elements will not change right away, we will be asking organizations to
collect more information from program participants. You will be advised on these requirements as your
agreements are renewed.
Q: Why do you need our clients’/learners’ Social Insurance Numbers?
A: The Province is collecting information about eligible beneficiaries, including Social Insurance
Numbers, so we can evaluate the results and impacts of programs funded under the Canada-Nova Scotia
Job Fund Agreement. This information is required to determine how effective programs are in helping
Nova Scotians find employment. All personal information collected is protected under the province’s
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.
Q: Will information about the JFA be available in both official languages?
A: Yes. All documents and guidelines will be translated to ensure access in both official languages.
Q: Who do I contact for more information about the JFA?
A: If you are already working with a Skills and Learning Branch Programs Officer or Coordinator, please
contact him/her for further information and/or assistance. We will make information available online as
we continue to move forward with the agreement roll-out. We encourage you to monitor our website
for updates. (http://novascotia.ca/lae/ )
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Adult Education
Q: How do community learning organizations apply for funding under the JFA?
A: Contact your Adult Education Coordinator to discuss program activities and budget, and submit
proposal activities and budget directly to the Coordinator for review. S/he will submit the proposal to
Bill Michalos, Grant Coordinator. Once approved, the Grant Coordinator will make adjustments to the
current LaMPSS Agreement. In some cases, and as advised by the Adult Education Coordinator, a new
proposal will need to be submitted in LaMPSS.
Q: What type of adult learning programs can be requested through the ESS stream of the JFA?
A: Community learning programs that best equip participants with the essential employability skills for
labour market attachment, as per the requirements of the funding, will be priority for support. Here are
the recommended components for consideration:
 Up front assessment (LAE-AED recognized tools)
 Career and Education exploration
 Learning plans
 Use of ALP curriculum
 Nine Essential Skills
 Leads to employer-recognized certificates and credentials for example, WHIMIS, Safe Food
Handler, first aid courses, GED, high school diploma
 Skills/Personal development certification
 Computer/IT skills
 Work experience and/or attachment
 Math emphasis
 Life Skills/Personal development certification
Q: Does a community learning organization require all of the recommended components in their
program to be eligible for the ESS stream of the JFA?
A: No, but consider the components in which the CLO is most interested, equipped to deliver and which
would respond to regional, community learning and employment needs. Consider what will offer
learners the ability to experience attainment and enhancement of literacy and essential skills for
employment purposes.
Q. What is the deadline to submit the NSSAL application request?
A. The deadline for submission is August 31, 2014. If this is not possible, please advise the Adult
Education Coordinator in your region or the provincial Grant Coordinator. The review processes that
follow grant submission remain unchanged from previous years.
Q: Will there be help to develop employability program models for community learning organizations
which have not delivered them before or would like to offer new components?
A: Yes, through professional development, discussion with other practitioners and Adult Education
Coordinators.
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Q: Are there any funding restrictions to Adult Learning under the new JFA?
A: The funding may not be used to increase NSSAL-funded salaries. ALP programs will not be replaced
by JFA programs.
Q: Is GED preparation an eligible activity?
A: Yes.
Q: When will we be able to implement programs funded under the JFA?
A: Once approval and funding has been received through the Adult Education Division, programs may
commence. As in previous years, programs/projects must be completed by the end of the fiscal year
(March 31, 2015).
Employment Nova Scotia
Q: How can I apply for funding under the new Canada-Nova Scotia Job Fund Agreement through ENS?
A: An investment plan has been developed for fiscal year 2014-15, and does not identify funding for
new projects at this time. As our investment activities proceed, funding for new projects may become
available. Please continue to monitor the ENS website: www.gov.ns.ca/employmentnovascotia or
contact 1-877-223-0888.
Q: I am a Skills Up client, how do I receive funding?
A: Skills Up is a 3-year pilot program that is currently being evaluated. We are therefore not accepting
any new applications at this time. If you are currently receiving support under this program, or have
received support during the last school year, please contact your case manager to submit the required
information for continued funding.
WIPSI
Q: I already have an agreement in place under WIPSI. Will my current funding be impacted?
A: No. While WIPSI is now an initiative under the new Canada Job Grant funding stream of the JFA, your
current funding amount will not change. As per our reporting accountability to the federal government,
however, we will be asking you for information that we have not requested from you in the past.
Someone will be following up with you to collect this information.
Q: Now that WIPSI is an initiative under the JFA, what will change for business?
A: The WIPSI program will not change immediately following the announcement of the Canada-Nova
Scotia Job Fund Agreement. Over time, we will be examining whether changes to the program will be
necessary to meet the CJG requirements. In the immediate term, as per our required accountability to
the federal government, we will be requesting information on the application form that we have not
requested in the past, for tracking and evaluation purposes.
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NSOI
Q: How can I apply for funding under the new Canada-Nova Scotia Job Fund Agreement through
NSOI?
A: An investment plan has been developed for fiscal year 2014-15, and does not identify funding for
new projects at this time. As our investment activities proceed, funding for new projects may become
available. Please continue to monitor the NSOI website:
http://novascotiaimmigration.com/communities/labour-market-funding-program/ or call 902-424-5230
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