The START Program helps connect employers with unemployed Nova Scotians who can fill their job vacancies. For employers, START offers a wage incentive and other types of funding if they hire an unemployed Nova Scotian. For unemployed individuals, START provides a letter that helps them market their skills and the program to potential employers.

The START Program helps employers find and attract the people they need. Employers can receive funding when they hire eligible unemployed Nova Scotians to fill their job vacancies.
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START for employers

Different types of funding are available for employers, depending on the type of employment offered, the employer’s needs and the employee’s skill level.

   Wage incentives
   Training costs
   Equipment & other costs
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START for individuals

If you’re unemployed and looking for work, you can use the START Program to help promote yourself to potential employers. To apply for the START program as an individual, you must be:

   A resident of Nova Scotia
   A Canadian citizen or permanent resident, or an international graduate who meets eligibility requirements
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Cosmetology Association (NS)
126 Chain Lake Drive
Halifax, NS  B3S 1A2

Hours of Operation
Monday 8:30 - 4:30
Tuesday 8:30 - 4:30
Wednesday 8:30 - 4:30
Thursday 8:30 - 4:30
Friday 8:30 - 3:00

*Holiday or Weather closures/cancellations will be noted in the Calendar.
Office: (902) 468-6477
Fax: (902) 468-7147
Toll Free: (800) 765-8757

General Inquiries

Provincial Exam Information

Executive Director
Dana Sharkey, CAE



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