Nova Scotia Government
Tracey Thomas, co-chair of the Diversity Round Table at the Nova Scotia Government  

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

Here are some of the reasons why Nova Scotia Government was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2019):

  • In 2018, Nova Scotia Government established a new Office of Workplace Mental Health to promote and support mental health and wellness internally -- the organization is also one of the first public sector organizations in Canada to adopt the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace
  • In addition to employing a Senior Consultant of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, the Nova Scotia Government created formal guidelines to support trans and gender variant employees -- the organization also maintains inclusive language guidelines as well as guidelines for inclusive facilitation, such as teaching strategies
  • Nova Scotia Government manages an immigrant workplace placement program, offered in partnership with Immigrant Services Association Nova Scotia, as well as an internal Immigrant and Newcomer Network for employees and allies from across government departments
Nova Scotia Government staff at the Pride flag-raising ceremony  


Industry Provincial government
Major Canadian hiring locations Halifax NS
Full-time employees in Canada 9,481
Formal diversity strategy has a defined strategy to achieve diversity and inclusion goals
Senior executive who oversees diversity initiatives Director, Respectful Workplace and Corporate Diversity
Formal commitment respectful workplace and corporate diversity unit, African Nova Scotian Affairs department (to enhance cultural understanding and assist in the delivery of services that meet their unique needs), Office of Aboriginal Affairs, Acadian Affairs and Francophonie department (provide tools and resources to help deliver services in French), Office of Workplace Mental Health, recently passed a new accessibility legislation which aims to make the province fully accessible by 2030
Employee resource groups Pride Network, African Canadian Women in Public Service Network, Disability Employee Network, First Nations/L'nu Network, Immigrant and Newcomer Network, GoverNext (all generations)
Diversity training and awareness training on diversity, employment equity and respectful workplace, intercultural and diversity proficiency competency, sexual orientation and gender identity and becoming an ally, formal guidelines to support trans and gender variant employees, inclusive language guidelines, guide to planning accessible meetings and events, Diversity and Inclusion Development Certificate (available through the government's Learning Centre)
Diversity highlights Pathways to Advancement program to support retention and development of employees from diverse groups, bi-annual diversity leadership conference, Positive Space program, diverse hiring panel program, annual Pride events, renewed the Memorandum of Understanding between Mi'kmaw Kina'matnewey, the Millbrook First Nation and the Province of Nova Scotia for a Treaty Education Initiative to 2020 (aims to develop specific Treaty Education programs and services for the education system, the provincial civil service and the broader public in order to highlight the contributions of the Mi'kmaq and how society has benefitted from them)
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Immigrant Services Association Nova Scotia (provides Workplace Culture training and facilitates placement program for new Canadians)

The Career Directory

Nova Scotia Government has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
Staff at the Government of Nova Scotia attending the organization's Diversity Conference

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Provincial government
Full-time employees in Canada 5,000 to 10,000
Major Canadian hiring locations Halifax NS
Student opportunities paid internships, summer jobs, co-op opportunities
Training orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring, in-house career planning services, leadership training
Work benefits health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours, telecommuting
Vacation allowance new employees receive 3 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Academic fields recruited

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