Employment Support Services (ESS)
ESS helps people on Income Assistance to become more self-sufficient.
Self-sufficiency means different things to different people. Some people need to work on education, others on job skills. It may mean doing volunteer or part-time work. Self-sufficiency means finding what is right for you at this time, with your background, your family and personal situation, and what jobs are available in your community.
The services depend on your goals and your background. ESS offers some services directly, but also works with other organizations to provide some programs.
You must be a recipient of Income Assistance.
You must meet with a caseworker to talk about your work history, your education and training, and about what you want to do in the future. Your caseworker will help you to put together an employment action plan.
For more information, see the programs that we offer through ESS:
- Assessment Services
We provide individuals with a wide range of both formal and informal career and life assessments as a part of their employability action plan.
- Going to School
There are some circumstances when you can attend school and receive Income Assistance.
- Educate to Work Program
The government pays for tuition and books at the Nova Scotia Community College for people who receive Income Assistance.
- Employability Related Expenses
Income Assistance may help with many job- and training-related costs.
- Help When You're Looking for a Job
We offer many types of supports to people looking for work.
- If You Get a Job
If you or your spouse are employed, you can keep 30% of the net wages earned.
- Self Employment and Entrepreneurship
We have policies and programs to support people who want to create their own income.
- Work Activity Programs
These programs help people who have barriers to employment to integrate themselves into employment and society.
- Wage Subsidy Program
A wage subsidy is a tool used to help you find a work experience that will result in a lasting job.
- Youth Development Initiative (YDI)
These programs provide work experience for youth who are connected to the Department of Community Services.
- Workplace Support Program
This program provides workplace accommodations to support persons with disabilities to attach to, or remain attached to, employment.
- Labour Market Programs Support System (LaMPSS)
Information for organizations taking part in LaMPSS. It includes resources for the Work Activity and Skills Work! programs.