Premier Stephen McNeil says young people and people new to Nova Scotia in the Quad Counties are going to have more opportunity to build their professional networks.
Wednesday McNeil announced an investment of $100,000 to expand the Connector Program.
The program connects local businesses, organizations and well established volunteers to Nova Scotians who are starting or growing there career in the province.
McNeil said the province has been growing.
“For the last two years we’ve had a higher in-migration than out-migration, we’ve seen more young people stay than leave,” he says. “That’s a positive sign – first time in 32 years that we’ve seen that trend, (and) we believe that trend will continue this year.”
The program also connects with recent graduates, international students and new Nova Scotians.
McNeil also says how important it is to create these opportunities.
“It’s critical that we continue to make sure that were providing opportunities for those young people – not just necessarily fill jobs, but create jobs themselves,” he says. “Many of them have great ideas, start-ups, we’re seeing that inside the province.”
The Greater Halifax Connector Program has helped more than 1,000 secure jobs in the Halifax area since 2009.