New Program Creates Jobs for African Nova Scotians

Fifteen African Nova Scotians and people of African descent will be hired at Nova Scotia Works employment services centres across the province as career practitioners to ensure service providers better reflect the communities they serve.

Funded through the Canada-Nova Scotia Labour Market Development Agreement, the Diversity and Inclusion Program will allow the permanent career practitioner positions to be created. They will work one-on one with clients to support access to quality employment and training. The funding will support the positions for two years.

The program is led by the Centre for Employment and Innovation at St. Francis Xavier University and is guided by Black leaders within the Nova Scotia Works employment services system.

Nova Scotia Works community based-service providers currently employ over 45 people who self-identify as African Nova Scotian or person of African descent and were actively engaged in the development of this program.

The Diversity and Inclusion Program was created in conjunction with the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, the Nova Scotia Career Development Association and several employment service providers representing African Nova Scotian and people of African descent communities, including, the Valley African Nova Scotian Development Association, the YMCA-HRM, Career Connections and the Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association.

Nova Scotia Works centres are posting jobs individually in their communities. For information on how to apply, visit for a full list of centres.