LSI – Innovate to Opportunity Hiring Incentive



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Apply for a wage subsidy to help cover part of the cost of hiring a full-time recent Masters or PhD graduate for 3 years to work on export growth innovations for your business. Eligible work includes:


  • Applied research
  • Product and/or service development
  • Process development or improvement
  • Market analysis for a new product or activity
  • Technical feasibility studies and pilots for market launches
  • Improvement of product quality, customer services, business efficiencies


This program is available to small and medium-sized businesses with up to 500 full-time employees operating in Nova Scotia. To be eligible for the program, employers must create a new full-time position that:


  • is based in Nova Scotia
  • is focused on innovation
  • pays at least $60,000 a year


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.