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New employment service providers for Cape Breton


More Cape Bretoners will have access to a one-stop job search and career-advice resource as the YMCA Cape Breton and le Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse (CDÉNÉ) expand their delivery of employment services.


People in Arichat, Chéticamp, Inverness, Port Hawkesbury, St. Peter’s and Sydney will have access to their services online or in person starting this month, about three months earlier than expected.

“In looking for new, permanent providers to fill a gap left by a service provider’s closure, we were committed to making sure that employment services and funding remained in Cape Breton,” said Jill Balser, Minister of Labour, Skills and Immigration. “We’re pleased that an additional 23 employment service positions will be added to support the delivery of services in Cape Breton and further support Cape Bretoners as they acquire skills and connect with job opportunities.”

The YMCA Cape Breton and CDÉNÉ were the successful applicants to an expression of interest issued by the Department in October.

The criteria used to select the new providers included:


  • in-depth knowledge of the labour market in Cape Breton

  • knowledge – gained through service experience – of the specific communities to be served, including geographic, socioeconomic and labour market knowledge

  • the ability to build new relationships in the community

  • the ability to offer all services in both English and French

  • demonstrated, effective experience managing government contracts and funding agreements

  • a defined service start-up plan, outlining the activities and timelines to ensure employment assistance services are available to the public (both virtually and in person) by the service start-up date

  • experience successfully transitioning displaced clients, setting up new service delivery locations and managing significant change.


Employment opportunities for career practitioners and other positions with the YMCA Cape Breton and CDÉNÉ are available at: https://novascotiaworks.ca


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