Skilled newcomers are becoming increasingly important to ensure the growth of a strong and diversified economy. Whether you are coming to work temporarily, looking to immigrate permanently, or relocating from another area of the country, our economy and innovative approach to business make it an ideal place to work.

However, finding a job may take time and hard work. Preparing for interviews, having your documents in order, improving your English and\or French-language skills may all help you to find a job.

This section of the website contains information on how to research job opportunities as well as important details about workplace rights and responsibilities, and even starting your own business.

Finding a Job

When searching for work in the Western Region, there are various ways to find out what opportunities exist. Some of the best resources are listed below.

Nova Scotia Works

Nova Scotia Works is part of a province-wide network of employment service centers committed to providing inclusive employment services to all Nova Scotians. There are several offices serving the Western Region:

  • Southwest Employment Services, 3588 Highway 3, Barrington Passage
  • Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ), 1 Slocumb Crescent, Tusket
  • Southwest Employment Services, 103 Water Street, Yarmouth
  • Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ), 102-1649 Highway 1, Church Point
  • Employment Opportunities Partnership, 87 Warwick Street, Digby

Nova Scotia Works offices provide a welcoming atmosphere with access to free employment services. Staff are qualified, Certified Career Development Professionals who are knowledgeable, confidential, and experienced in helping job seekers and employers.

As a job seeker, Nova Scotia Works has support to help you in any of the following areas:

  • Assistance with resumes, cover letters, and interview skills
  • Information and referrals to government-funded employment programs
  • Case management and career counseling
  • Access to the latest labour market information
  • Free Wi-Fi and accessible computers

Online Job Boards

We understand that searching for a job in an area you may not be familiar with can be overwhelming. We have outlined some of the common job listing sites in Nova Scotia to help you get started on your job search.

Networking and Connections

The Western REN’s Connector Program is a simple way for you to get personal introductions to local business owners and leaders in your line of work or field of study. This free program can help you build your professional network, connect with career opportunities, and find success in your chosen field. Reach out to

Employment Rights

In Nova Scotia, the Labour Standards Legislation set out a minimum standard for employment and workplace safety that employers and employees must follow.  It also sets out rules specific to the recruitment of workers and the hiring of foreign workers. Employees, employers, and recruiters have rights and responsibilities under these rules.  A few of the standards include:

For more information, go to

Workplace Health & Saftey

All workers have a right to a safe and healthy workplace. You also have the right to refuse work that you feel is dangerous. If you do, your employer must keep paying you until the danger is removed or a government official tells you it is safe to do the work.

To find out if the work you are doing is unsafe, ask yourself:

  • Have I been properly trained for the job I am doing?
  • Have I been given the right safety equipment to do the job?
  • Do I feel unsafe when I’m doing my job?
  • Do I work close to dangerous materials?

If you feel unsafe, speak to your employer immediately. If the problem continues, you should contact the Nova Scotia Safety Branch of Workplace and Technical Safety Information Services with your concerns as soon as possible.

For information about federally regulated workplace health and safety issues have a look at the health and safety information of the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) website.

Visas & Credentials

If you are coming from outside of Canada, you will need two things to work in Canada. You will need a Social Insurance Number (SIN) and a Work Permit. In some cases, you can work without a permit. To find out you’re eligibility or requirements, click here.

Social Insurance Number (SIN)

Work Permit

You must be authorized to work in Canada if you’re not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident. In most situations, you will need a work permit. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, visit:

International Students and Graduates:

New* From November 15, 2022, until December 31, 2023, international students who are in Canada and who have off-campus work authorization on their study permit will be able to work more than the 20 hours per week off campus that was previously in effect. To find out if you are eligible click here

Work Permits for Accompanying Spouses


If you are moving to Nova Scotia from outside of the province, it’s a good idea to ensure that the province of Nova Scotia will recognize your training and credentials.

Employers may not understand how your international credentials compare to credentials here in Nova Scotia. To show what your experience and education is equal to here in Nova Scotia you may need to have your credentials evaluated by a reputable organization.

The Province of Nova Scotia works provincially and nationally to support the recognition of the experience and education of those trained outside of Canada. To find out or to navigate your credential evaluation, click here.

Invest Here

Western Nova Scotia has a wealth of natural resources, technology, and talent, making it the perfect place to open, move or expand your business. Western Nova Scotia offers the business development support and community buy-in needed to grow your business in an ever-changing global economy. There are many reasons why you might consider growing your business in Western Nova Scotia especially when consider the local expertise available in the following sectors.

  • Fisheries: The Western Region is a globally renowned fisheries region. It is a highly developed ecosystem of over 1,100 companies, including certified fisheries and niche producers. The Western Region is part of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, meaning there are unparalleled greenfield opportunities in the fisheries industry.
  • Forestry: Nova Scotia has a $2.1 billion forestry industry. There are many opportunities within the forestry industry, especially with organizations and companies within the region using sustainable forestry methods.
  • Renewable Energy: The Western Region has unique opportunities for renewable energy. Within the Western Region, there are many opportunities in solar energy, tidal energy, biomass opportunities, and wind energy.

Why do business in the Western Region?

  • Access to several world-class ports
  • Export opportunities to the USA and European markets
  • Access to a highly skilled and bilingual workforce
  • Access to some of the best globally recognized natural resources
  • Supportive network to help you develop, launch, and grow
  • Low business costs

The Western Region has proven time and time again that it has the resources and connections required to accelerate your business to new heights. Whether you’re looking to grow your business locally or worldwide, our community partners are here to support your business’ success. The robust local economy has major employers in fisheries, forestry, renewable energy, tourism, commercial retail, technology, and agriculture.

We’re home to large corporations and medium and small-sized businesses with local, national, and international expertise, exports, and connections. To learn more about the Western Region and all that it offers, click here.

Business Support

Whether you’re an entrepreneur or looking to move your business here with you or have a business idea that you think might be successful here, there are many regional organizations that exist to support your business at any stage that you’re at.


Volunteering your time and skills is one of the greatest ways to make new friends and get to know your new community. The Western Region is known for its spectacular hospitality and philanthropic efforts. Fundraisers, community suppers, church events, and bingos are just the tip of the iceberg! Boards and coaching are also great options to get involved in your community. You can visit to see which opportunities in the region are the right fit for you or reach out to your local municipality or organization of your choice!