Student Summer Skill Incentive (SKILL)

PO Box 578, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 2S9

902 424-6000


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Access a wage subsidy to help reduce the cost of hiring post-secondary students for quality summer jobs if you work for a non-profit or registered charity.

SKILL helps registered charities and societies offer summer jobs to post-secondary students.

Eligible employers can hire students for terms of 8-14 weeks in the summer. You’ll receive a subsidy of $9.10 per hour ($10.10 if the student is a member of designated diversity group) for the wages you pay to your student employees.

Designated diversity groups are:

  • Mi’kmaq or Indigenous
  • African Nova Scotians
  • Visible minorities (including persons of African descent)
  • Persons with disabilities (consisting of a physical, cognitive or mental impairment that presents a persistent barrier to work)



Organizations can apply for the subsidy if they:

  • are a not-for-profit organization registered as a charity or active society with the Registry of Joint Stock Companies
  • plan to hire a university or college student for 8-14 weeks between April and August
  • pay their summer student-employee minimum wage or more (plus vacation pay) for 30 to 35 hours of work per week
  • aren’t receiving funding from any other government employment program for the same position

How to apply

If your organization is registered in the online Labour Market Programs Support System (LaMPSS), you can apply now.